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Injury Prevention Day – Preventing Injury from Road Traffic Accidents

Posted on August 19th 2019

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Road Traffic Accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries that our dedicated personal injury solicitors see at Oliver & Co. The Department for Transport statistics show that in 2017 there were 24,831 serious injuries caused by road traffic accidents across the UK, with a staggering 1,739 reported road deaths. On Injury Prevention Day we discuss preventing injury from road traffic accidents.

Wednesday 21st August 2019 is Injury Prevention Day and it is an annual initiative run by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). They are committed to the promotion of safety and the education of injury prevention and want people to think about what they can do to help prevent harm.

Here at Oliver & Co, we have seen many horrific injuries that occur from road traffic accidents and the devastating impacts they can have on yours and your loved one’s lives. This is why we are promoting the importance of APIL’s injury prevention message by focussing on road traffic accidents and how to stay safe on the roads.

Road traffic accidents do not just affect the driver or the passengers of the car, many cyclists and pedestrians can also feel the devastating effects of a road traffic accident.

How to prevent injuries from road traffic accidents

Drivers

– Always stick to the legal speed limit

– Make sure your car is completely safe and secure to be driven on public roads and has passed its MOT

– Wear your seatbelt and ensure all of your passengers are wearing theirs – do not drive without everyone wearing their seatbelts

– Take care when driving and adapt your driving if faced with difficult weather conditions accordingly

– When driving in the dark make sure headlights are turned on so you are visible to other road users

– Never drink and drive as drinking alcohol impairs your judgment and slows your reaction time

– Do not use your hand held mobile phone

– Plan cautiously for long journeys and take regular breaks to avoid tiredness

– Keep a safe distance between you and the car in-front of you

Passengers

– Wear your seatbelt at all times during the journey

– Do not become a distraction to the driver – keep all interactions to a reasonable level

– If you see your driver become distracted or tired make them aware of how you feel and that it may be best to take a short break

– If you think there is an emerging danger do let the driver know – but do not shout or try and grab the steering wheel or hand brake

– Do not be a ‘back seat’ driver

Cyclists

– Signal clearly at all times

– Ride in a position where you can see and can be seen

– Do not jump red lights or cycle on pavements unless it is a designated cycle path

– Make eye contact with other road users, especially at junctions, then you know they’ve seen you

– When riding at night always use a working white front light and red back light, plus a red rear reflector – it’s the law!

– Wear fluorescent or light coloured clothing if you are riding during the day or in poor light;

– After dark, wear reflective clothing as fluorescent or light coloured clothing will not be visible

Pedestrians

– Be aware of your surroundings

– Avoid wearing headphones

– Walk safely on pavements and avoid walking on roads

– Do not become a distraction to road users

– If walking after dark, wear reflective clothing to make yourself visible

What to do if you have been involved in a road traffic accident

– Take the details of the driver at fault for the collision: Driver’s name, address, telephone number, insurance details, and vehicle registration and car model

– Take photographs of the accident scene and vehicle damage: the accident scene, the damaged caused, any skid marks on the road and any injuries sustained

– Obtain the names and contact details of any witnesses

– Attend hospital or your GP to have your injuries treated

– Notify your UK motor insurance company of your road traffic accident

– Keep a diary of all your physical and psychological symptoms

– Keep a record of all expenses incurred due to the road traffic accident

How can we help?

If you have been injured from a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault as a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian, we’re here to help. We help injured clients every day claim compensation after they have been injured in accidents. Read about our services here or call us today on 01244 312306.

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