We all have heard the phrase ‘accidents happen’ but usually this phrase comes at us when it’s to do with spilled milk or tipped rubbish. When it comes to road accidents it’s a whole other ball game. It’s enough to chill your blood on the warmest day and that is saying something. You’re driving along a familiar road and your progress is suddenly loaded by worrying signs; an ambulance screeches past and there’s an unexpected traffic jam. There’s been an accident between vehicles on the road and you know that within hours, a police notice board seeking witnesses to a fatal accident will appear. Always though, two haunting questions remain: what went wrong – and how can you make sure it won’t be you next time?
There are a lot of reasons that accidents happen and there are many reports on how it all happens and what the causes are. It’s important to have a list of garages for accident repair for buses & coaches as well as cars as this can either be helpful to you in an accident or helpful to the people in the crash. Lately, findings emerged that unsurprisingly, speeding plays a large part in road accidents that kill six people each day in the UK, leave 68 others seriously hurt and 535 with less serious injuries. However, while speeding is a massive issue on the road today it’s actually driver error or reaction that is the biggest cause of accidents in the UK.
Did you know that more than 65% of fatal crashes is because of driver error or reaction? Failing to look properly at crossroads and ahead tops the list of human error and this is closely followed by loss of control. This usually happens on sharp bends at speed because motorists are too preoccupied by where they are going and they don’t slow down long enough to figure out that if they keep speeding, they will end up smashed at the side of the road and going nowhere. Without people being vigilant on the road, accidents become more frequent. You can be the safest driver going but if anyone around you stops paying attention for even a moment, the fact you’re a safe driver really no longer matters.
Disobeying signage or the rules of the road and travelling far too fast for the conditions are other reasons accidents happen. We all get preoccupied about life and work but when we are driving we need to leave all that outside of the car before we get in it. Time of day is so important when it comes to accidents and 7pm-7am is the key time for ‘loss of control’ and mainly this is due to driver exhaustion. If drivers don’t stop and rest regularly, this loss of control will be more prevalent. Night time driving is hazardous enough what with the lack of light, the last thing you need is exhaustion hindering your journey.