There are many different reasons for a road traffic accident occurring. However, no matter what the cause of the accident, you need to be able to prove that the person you are making the claim against was in the wrong.
Here are some of the reasons why car accidents tend to occur:
Poor Weather Conditions
Poor weather conditions are one of the leading causes of road accidents with heavy snow, rain and wind as well as the problematic phenomena of black ice leading to potentially serious injury
There are many different forms of negligence while driving and any of them can cause serious road traffic accidents to occur. They include mobile phone use at the wheel, alcohol or drug consumption, eating or drinking and changing music
Another major cause of traffic accidents is reckless driving and no concern for traffic lights or other traffic signs. Distractions in or outside the car as well as speeding can also be determined as reckless driving
In less common cases a car may experience a system failure whereby one of the devices essential to the safety of the vehicle stops working or functioning properly. Common equipment that may fail in a car include the breaks, the steering wheel and the tyres.
Poor Road Maintenance
A surprisingly leading cause of road traffic accidents is poor road maintenance with poor construction, road signs and potholes being examples of poor road maintenance
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident, there are a number of steps you can take. There is often plenty of confusion shortly after a collision occurs on the road, with the health and safety of those involved the absolute top priority.
Follow these steps to ensure the road traffic accident claims process is made as straightforward as possible…
- Share phone numbers, names and insurance details with the other party and take note of the car registration numbers of the cars involved
- Write down the make and model of the cars involved as well as the colour and the amount of damage suffered
- Note down the name of the vehicle owner in case they were not the driver
- Report the accident to police in case there are any future disagreements with the other company
- Take details and information from those who witnessed the incident so they can be called upon in future if necessary
- Inform your insurance company of the accident. This needs to be done as soon as possible, so do your best to contact them as close to the incident as you can
This article was provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the legal sector – working with a selection of firms including George Ide, who were consulted over the information contained in this piece.