Car accident prevention - road safety devices
There are many reasons why car accidents occur from poor weather, lighting and road conditions to driver impairment. However, human error and reckless driving account for the majority of road accidents that occur in the UK.
40% of motorway drivers are guilty of travelling too close to the car in front of them and one third of motorway crashes that result in personal injury involve tailgating. Also, more than 33,000 people are injured and killed every year in speeding related crashes. Further, many drivers exceed the speed limit in 30 mph zones and two thirds of pedestrians are hit on 30 mph roads. Read more about car accident incident rates.
Various road safety initiatives have been proposed by the government, such as Think! media campaigns, and advanced driving qualifications, such as Pass Plus, have been devised to help increase driver awareness and decrease car accident injury statistics. However, some state-side road safety boffins have had some different ideas. Read more about road safety initiatives.
With tailgating, speeding, drink-driving and general reckless driving being just as much a problem over the pond as they are here, some technical solutions have been created. Proximity monitors, sobriety detectors and drifting monitors are already available in the US and are being slowly introduced to the UK to help prevent road accidents occurring:
Proximity monitors - designed to detect how close you are travelling to the car in front of you and automatically adjust your car's speed to stop you getting any closer than the safest stopping distance.
Sobriety monitors - if a driver who has consumed alcohol breathes into one of these clever little devices a lock is activated to prevent the ignition key from working and the car from starting. These are known as alco-locks in the UK.
Drifting monitors - this works by measuring how closely you are travelling to the markers which separate the lanes and, if you start to drift towards or over the markers without the indicators being switched on an alarm sounds. Hence, if you were to fall asleep behind the wheel and let your car drift the monitor would sound an alarm designed to wake you.
Making a car accident claim today
If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, or only partly your fault, then you may be entitled to make a no win no fee car accident claim.
We can help you to claim for passenger injuries or driver injuries sustained in a car accident. Our personal injury solicitors are highly skilled at dealing with a variety of cases and have an excellent claim success rate.
We can help you to claim for pain and suffering, lost earnings, any belongings lost or damaged at the time of the crash and medical expenses. Read more about what you can claim for.
We offer a no win, no fee service, which means that, if your claim is unsuccessful, you don't have to pay a penny. It means making a claim is a totally risk free process.
To find out more about what The Claim Solicitors can offer you, or to start the car accident claim process today, either fill out one of our online claim forms or call 0800 197 32 32.