In Great Britain, you may be surprised to know that, in comparison to other countries around the world, we have quite an enviable safety record on our roads.
According to data from a 2011 report from the Department of Transport, there were on average 3.7 deaths on the roads per 100,000 people in the UK; however, road accidents are still a major issue and a great cause of stress, trauma and injury for many people across the country.
At AYB Law, we’re committed to helping those who have been affected by road accidents, assisting them with hit and run compensation and MIB claims. Here, we’ll talk you through the leading causes of road accidents, as well as how to protect yourself and, if necessary, claim compensation.
Careless or Aggressive Driving
In the UK, careless or aggressive driving is one of the leading causes of road accidents, many of which are fatal or cause life-changing physical and psychological injuries.
Typically, uninsured drivers will be less careful when driving on our roads. It’s important to remember that these drivers are breaking the law and the vehicle may not even belong to them, therefore they will feel little or no obligation to take care when they’re behind the wheel.
Hit and run drivers are also careless, and even aggressive, especially when such incidents are caused intentionally. They escape the scene with the intention of evading an investigation or prosecution from the police, and therefore are less inclined to drive carefully and responsibly.
If you’ve been a victim of careless or aggressive driving in these circumstances, you’re entitled to compensation. In cases where a driver is uninsured, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) can process claims and provide financial compensation for damages and injuries caused. Specialist compensation is also available for victims of hit and run accidents.
Driving While Intoxicated
Driving under the influence of alcohol, some medications or illegal drugs seriously impairs your judgement and your ability to drive.
In England and Wales, it’s against the law to drive with a breath alcohol level of 35 microgrammes/100 ml of breath, or a blood alcohol level of more than 80mg/100ml of blood. In Scotland the law is even stricter, with drivers facing prosecution if found to have a breath alcohol level higher than 22 microgrammes/100 ml of breath, or a blood alcohol level of more than 50mg/100ml of blood.
It’s illegal across the UK to drive under the influence of illegal drugs or medications that impair driving. If you’re unsure as to whether you can drive on your medication, consult the leaflet provided or discuss it with your pharmacist.
Driving while intoxicated is one of the leading causes of road accidents in the UK, and due to the legal implications, many of those who know they’re over the legal limit and are involved in a road incident will be inclined to attempt a hit and run.
If you’re involved in an accident where the other driver is intoxicated, you’re entitled to compensation. You can either claim through your insurer or, if the driver was also uninsured or escaped the scene of the incident, you can claim specialist compensation.
Although British roads are, at least compared to the rest of the world, quite safe, there are still many incidents caused by irresponsible drivers. If you’ve been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, visit our website today or contact us by calling 0800 0443 495 for a free assessment.