Preventing Motorway Accidents With Road Safety
Motorways can be dangerous places if road users fail to drive with the utmost care and attention. Because of the risks involved, the police make the following recommendations, designed to ensure you avoid becoming involved in, or causing, a motorway accident.
- Adjust your driving according to weather conditions, for instance slow down in heavy rain or fog, or icy roads
- Ensure there is at least a two second gap between you and the vehicle in front
- If you are feeling tired or unwell, pull into the next motorway service station and take a break
- Do not use a mobile phone, or distract yourself in any other way, for instance by playing music at an excessively loud volume or wearing headphones
- Obey the speed limit at all times
- Keep left, except when overtaking
Motorway Accident Injuries
Despite these guidelines, motorway accidents unfortunately happen all too often and due to the high speeds involved, when motorway accidents do occur, they are amongst the most serious. It is not uncommon for motorway accidents to lead to fatalities, or to injuries of a devastating nature. These can include:
- Bone fractures
- Brain/Head injuries – (see our guide on acquired brain injury here)
- Severe whiplash
- Spinal injuries
Injuries such as these have the potential to leave you unable to work or seriously debilitated for a lengthy period of time, resulting in a significant loss of earnings, not to mention a hefty medical bill. If this has happened to you, you need to speak to a solicitor about the options available, as you could be entitled to make an accident claim.
Irish Motorway Accidents – Am I Eligible to Claim Compensation?
According to recent statistics, driver error leads to as much as 90% of motorway accidents. Therefore it is very likely that your motorway accident was caused by another individual’s negligence. If so, you will be in a position to claim financial redress. A solicitor who deals in personal injury* claims will be able to offer you expert legal advice, recommending whether you are eligible to claim motorway accident compensation.
If you have suffered a road accident as a pedestrian, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim. Many pedestrians do not realise that they are able to claim financial compensation for their injuries and sometimes feel that the accident may have been their fault, but accident claims are rarely that straightforward.
How Can You Be Involved In An Accident As A Pedestrian?
Pedestrian accidents are, sadly, commonplace. And because pedestrians have no form of protection, they are in an extremely vulnerable position when crossing or even walking alongside a road. Because of this, pedestrian accidents can result in serious injuries, which, amongst others, can include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Head/Brain Injuries (see our guide on acquired brain injury here)
- Severe mental distress
- Temporary or permanent incapacitation
Who Is To Blame For A Pedestrian Accident?
If you or your loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you need to establish who was to blame.
Many pedestrians believe their actions in some way contributed towards the incident, however, it is important to remember that car drivers and other road users have a duty of care towards pedestrians, and must therefore drive in a safe and reasonable manner at all times. In addition, motorists must give pedestrians right of way. All too often road users fail to respect this obligation, causing a pedestrian to suffer harm.
Claiming Compensation For An Accident As A Pedestrian
If a driver fails to drive with due care and attention and you are consequently involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you need to seek expert legal assistance. This is because it is very likely that you will be legally entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering you have wrongfully experienced. Even if you stepped out into the path of an oncoming vehicle, or the driver at fault fled from the scene, you may be eligible to claim compensation for the injuries you received.
A solicitor who specialises in personal injury* will be able to suggest whether you are able to claim for your pedestrian accident. If so, you could stand to receive financial compensation for your damages. Due to the often-devastating nature of pedestrian accident injuries, this financial redress will undoubtedly be needed and will help to cover the medical fees, rehabilitation costs and bills incurred during a period spent out of work
If you have been injured in an accident with a taxi, it is important that you contact a solicitor to discuss a potential compensation claim. At Gibson & Associates Solicitors, we make successful taxi accident claims on behalf of innocent individuals who have suffered serious and debilitating injuries following a taxi-related accident.
What To Do When You Are Involved In An Accident With A Taxi
When you are involved in an accident with a taxi, it is a good idea to write down the following information:
- The name and address of the driver of your taxi
- The name and telephone number of the taxi company and the registration number of the taxi itself
- The name and address of all other drivers involved in the taxi accident and their vehicle registration number
- Photos of the scene
- The names and addresses of any witnesses to the taxi cab accident
Even if you are unable to collect these details, whether this is due to the severity of your injuries or other outside circumstances, do not worry. The most important thing to do is to speak to a solicitor about your accident with a taxi as soon as possible.
Compensation For Your Taxi Cab Accident
After gaining a broad outline of your case, a good solicitor will be able to suggest whether you are able to make an accident claim. Unless you were in some way responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, you will be eligible to make a compensation claim. This will compensate you for any loss of earnings, medical fees and rehabilitation costs incurred as a direct result of your taxi accident.
How will my Road Traffic Accident be Handled At Gibson & Associates?
At Gibson & Associates, we make sure our clients receive the maximum amount of financial compensation for injuries suffered in any type of road accident. Our experienced solicitors will conduct a full investigation of your case and represent you throughout the claims process, ensuring the party at fault is identified and an appropriate amount of financial compensation is awarded.
Our experienced and dedicated team will be delighted to advice you with any type of road accident claim. It’s easy to get in touch – just complete an Online Enquiry or call us on+353 (0)1 872 3143 and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement