If you are involved in a car accident, you should speak to a legal expert who can guide you through the minefield of the legal system and help you to get compensation.
Legal Proceedings After A Road Traffic Accident
Not all road traffic accidents lead to legal proceedings, however if there are no serious injuries, you may be entitled to recover damages for property and other expenses from the other drivers insurance company. The likelihood of legal proceedings will usually rest on the quantum, or the amount of financial damage which has ensued from the accident.
What Causes Road Traffic Accidents?
There are many possible causes for road traffic accidents which are discussed below:
Bad Driving- This is by far the greatest cause of most road traffic accidents. Simple errors in judgement and other mishaps all add up to common poor driving habits such as ignoring traffic signals, speeding, not giving way at the correct times, tailgating and mobile phone usage.
Lack Of Attention- Drivers are oftentimes distracted and can increase the chance of a road traffic accidents. Whether from outside of the car or inside the car its something which we must all become more aware of. Reading maps or newspapers(!), changing CD's or the radio station, fixing your appearance in the vanity mirror or trying to comfort an upset child are all distractions which can cause road traffic accidents.
Under The Influence- Accidents on the road are unfortunately due to the impaired ability of the driver to concentrate and put both himself and other road users at risk.
Weather Conditions - Bad weather, rain, icy roads, floods all contribute to poor driving conditions from which an accident can occur by impairing visibility. Slippery road surfaces require the driver to take extra care whist behind the wheel. Motorists need to take into consideration these weather conditions whist on the road to avoid causing an accident. Black ice and flash flooding are all unexpected obstacles a driver will have to be prepared for when setting out on a journey, so its important to check the weather report if you suspect harsh road conditions.
Poor Road Design - Government liability can be called upon when confusing, poorly placed signs, barriers, road works or traffic signals are a contributing factor to a road traffic accidents. These can lead to drivers no being familiar with a change in road design and coupled with possible poor driving conditions lead to vehicle collisions and personal injuries.
Roadworthy Vehicles- A road traffic accidents can be caused by a vehicle not being road worthy. Factors such as poor tyres, brakes failing, electrical failure and similar defects can all cause a driver to become involved in an accident. A manufacturing defect, design failure or similar vehicle factory problem can also be a contributing factor.