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Road Traffic Accident Advice

May 30, 2008
A road traffic accident describes any accident that happens on a road or footpath. Road traffic accidents are the cause of an estimated 1.2 million deaths worldwide every year and are said to injury about forty times this number.

Every person who uses the road, whether in a car, motorcycle, van, lorry or as a cyclist or pedestrian has a duty of care to ensure the safety of not only themselves but also the safety of other road users. Due to this you should always ensure that you comply with the Highway Code.

With all personal injury accidents you need to prove that another person was at fault for your injury; you need to prove negligence, which demonstrates that the other road user failed to take responsibility for other road users. If you are a driver who is involved in a road traffic accident there are certain things that you must do; a driver involved in a traffic accident should stop whether or not the accident was their fault if the following apply:

* Anyone, other than themselves, is injured
* Another vehicle, or someone else's property, is damaged
* An animal in another vehicle or running across the road is injured
* A bollard, street lamp or other item of street furniture is damaged

It is also advised that you take down the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the accident. This is especially important if you are hoping to put in a claim for compensation. You should also always try and photograph the accident scene if possible as this demonstrates exactly how the accident took place. It is important that you gather as much evidence and information that you can at the time of the accident as the more you collect the more chance you have of a successful compensation claim.

In many cases it is obvious that someone caused a road traffic accident and there will be no dispute about liability, however there are often many cases where the liability and cause of the accident is unclear or where the extent of liability is difficult to work out. One thing that is however sure is if a driver runs into the back of another vehicle they will be held responsible for the accident, even if the car in front has braked sharply or unexpectedly, because drivers are required to drive a safe distance behind other vehicles. However, there may be circumstances when this does not apply, and if liability is disputed, legal advice will be necessary unless the insurance company is dealing with it.

Road traffic accidents are one of the most common causes of people putting in claims for compensation. They are sadly the most common type of personal injury accident and if you are unfortunate enough to be caught up in a road traffic accident then it is important that you speak to a lawyer/solicitor immediately if you are hoping to make a claim for compensation but remember you are only eligible for compensation if the accident was caused through no fault of your own.
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Helen is the web master of Accident Consult, specialists in all aspects of Road Traffic Accidents.
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