Road Accident Compensation – What to do following an accident

Being in a road accident can be (quite literally) a traumatic experience and it can be difficult to remain calm and collected immediately following the incident. However, if you don’t take the time to think through what you will say to the other driver, to your insurance company and any accident solicitors who may get involved then you might find yourself missing out on sorely needed road accident compensation.

Firstly, you shouldn’t apologise or admit that the accident was your fault even if you think it might have been. There may be factors you don’t know about or something might have happened that you remember later. Guilt can be determined during any investigations or negotiations; you don’t need to rush in to accepting it.

The first point relates to the other driver as well as any solicitors or insurers, but the rest of the advice is for your conversations with the latter two.

You should only give information that you are sure of. Attempting to guess about what may or may not have happened will not help you. Similar to guilt, any factors can be determined later on in the process and you do not want to harm your case later by giving information you’re not sure about now. Stick to the facts.

Don’t speculate about injuries you may have received either, nor should you say you’re not injured. The most common injury from road accidents is whiplash, which can take time to set in. Get examined by a doctor and give that information to the accident solicitors.

If this all seems like too much to remember, then at least bear one thing in mind: Stick to the facts and don’t speculate.

Beware of Road Accidents through Winter

Winter is probably the worst time of year to be on the roads. Wet leaves, ice and snow all present hazards and can result in your car skidding out of control. As if that wasn’t enough, the days are shorter so you spend more time driving at night, frequent rain and mist causes reduced visibility, and people often won’t take the time to properly demist or deice their cars before setting off on their journey. As if this wasn’t bad enough, you also have one of the busiest shopping seasons bringing a higher volume of people onto the roads and a massive increase of drink drivers.

Luckily if you do get involved in accidents where you are not to blame there is an avenue you can go down to claim road accident compensation. By getting in touch with a firm of accident solicitors you can look into being remunerated for any injuries that you may have sustained during the accident.

Two cars skidding on an icy road and colliding with each other can have terrible consequences, and not just for the cars. Depending on the severity of the crash there can be injuries ranging from whiplash, cuts and bruises right up to broken bones, internal bleeding or worse. These can have a massive effect on people’s lives.

Luckily, accident claims exist so that you don’t have to go through all that pain only to have to miss out on wages, pay for costly changes to your lifestyle and suffer financially.

Decreased Speed Limits not Effective

Any experienced Transit Connect driver will tell you that the face of roads has changed over the years. Whilst speed limits have been in force since 1865 with traffic calming measures and the ‘Locomotive Act’ set, today we see all manner of methods being enforced to stop people speeding, with many being seen as a controversial way of increasing revenue. From average speed to instantaneous cameras, the UK has tried and continues to try various tricks to catch people speeding.

Lowering the speed limit in residential areas has been a fairly recent method and one, it would seem, has not necessarily contributed to a reduction in fatalities or injuries. In fact, numbers have shown that the number of people killed or seriously injured actually increased after the speed limit was reduced from 30mph in some areas.

The reduction in speed from 30 to 20mph especially in built up residential areas and around schools is one that has been widely used but recent research shows it may not be working. The number of people killed or injured annually in Portsmouth increased from 18.7 to 19.9 after the scheme was launched in 2007.

As for the static speed cameras which are every Used Ford Vans driver worst nightmare, many towns and counties are opting to removing them with one town recently revealing that there has been a sharp drop in the number of accidents as a result. In Swindon, over the past year there have been 14 minor and two serious accidents occur compared with 15 minor and five serious and one fatal accident in the same streets the previous year when the cameras were operational.

Flood Advice this Winter

It seems inevitable that we will be faced with floods again this year, especially if the last few years are anything to go by, but even if we are not, we are still hit with flash flooding and so here is a bit of advice for when you’re driving in your Used Ford Cars to deal with such an event.

It may seem obvious but only drive down flooded roads if you really have to and only if you know the depth of the flood. It only takes an egg cup full of water to get into your cars air intake and ruin the engine. Diesel cars and turbo charged cars seem more susceptible to this kind of damage so bear that in mind too. Engine damage caused by water can be extremely costly if not catastrophic and often aren’t covered in your insurance so allows check your insurance documents before winter arrives.
Whilst going through the flood, drive slowly and be careful not to create a wave either side as you drive. This raises the water and will make it more likely that your engine will get flooded. If you find another car driving towards you and creating a wave then stop and turn your engine off. Once it has passed and the water has levelled you can start the engine and move forward again.

It goes without saying that if you can’t tell how deep the water is and it is getting deeper the further you drive into the flood then back up and try and find an alternative route. Always stay tuned in so you hear where any floods may have occurred whilst you are driving and if you are in an area that is prone to flooding try and park on higher ground to avoid your car sitting in floods. The damage caused could mean the end of your car so if the floods can be avoided then ensure you do

Technology that helps prevent an accident

In the last blog, I wrote about the most common causes of accidents. A contributing factor in any cause was driver behaviour, but aside from that there are all manner of reasons any one of us may have an accident. Weather conditions and hazardous visibility can test anyone, even the most experienced Connect Van driver. Other aspects of increased likelihood can be the sheer volume of traffic on the road.

Manufacturers of Ford Commercial and other makes and models are always hard at work to improve safety features on their new vans to help reduce accidents. Here are some of a few that are currently available for driver peace of mind and safety.

  1. Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

This helps your van’s wheels from locking up when braking. It can help reduce breaking distance as well as improve steering control.

  1. Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)

This safety feature is designed to improve stability when conditions fall short of triggering the ABS. EBD will automatically vary the amount of brake force that is applied to each brake to give maximum stopping power. It will also help to reduce the potential for the wheel to lock up.

  1. Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)

This feature will sense when your van is losing grip and will automatically apply braking force to individual wheels, helping to stabilise it.

  1. Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)

This works in conjunction with ABS and reinforces braking in emergency stops. It reduces stopping distances and will apply maximum force when it detects ‘panic braking’.

  1. Traction control system (TCS)

TCS prevents the wheels from spinning when you accelerate on a slippery road surface, especially useful with wet leaves and other autumnal and winter dangers.

The Importance of Tyres

The tyres on your car are one of the most important factors to keep you safe on the road, maintain good handling and keep your fuel economy in check. But despite all this three quarters of British motorists have under inflated tyres and underinflated tyres cost British motorists more than £2 billion a year. A whooping 90% of British motorists don’t know their own vehicles correct tyre inflation pressure and around 12% have at least one defective tyre.

So, even with New Ford Cars the least you can do is check your tyre pressure once a week. After all, correct tyre pressures will result in more responsive braking, safer acceleration, sharper steering, increased fuel economy and an optimal tyre life. By not checking and maintaining the correct tyre pressure you will experience faster wear on the tyres, less grip on the road which in winter is just hazardous, slower braking and a lower tyre life.

Other checks you should carry out weekly are the tread and depth of the tyre, bald tyres are illegal and unsafe, whilst having a look at the tread it is also important to check for any bumps, bulges, cracks, splits, cuts or any foreign object that has got lodged in the tyre. Any of these findings will mean that a tyre specialist will need to remove the tyre to inspect and fix the defect. It is unsafe to drive on less than perfect tyres so a weekly check will keep you and your family safe from any unforeseen circumstances.

The most common causes of accidents

It’s something that everyone will wince at. The thought of a car accident. But with so many more vehicles on the road than ever before and people wanting to get from a to b faster and easier its no wonder the rate of accidents is on the rise.

People who spend more time on the road doing higher mileage, like delivery drivers in Transit Vans, are unfortunately at a higher risk than most. This is due to the increased chance an accident may happen.

Stats show that the four most common reasons for a motorist accident to occur are in the following order:

  1. Equipment Failure
  2. Roadway Design
  3. Poor Roadway Maintenance
  4. Driver Behaviour

However, over 95% of all accidents involve some degree of driver behaviour. Primarily involving excess speeding or aggressive behaviour. Both of these aspects of driving tend to occur in people that are on the road more and are therefore more prone to get annoyed with other drivers.

Aggressive tailgating, flashing lights, beeping, rude gestures or even verbal abuse are all common forms of aggressive behaviour and it seems that we are all prone to behave aggressively with stats saying it is young, middle aged and old people alike who have all displayed these traits.

Whilst we commonly attribute aggressive behaviour to the New Commercial Van drivers of this world we would be wrong. In recent surveys almost every qualified driver that was questioned has admitted to risky driving behaviour, mainly speeding.

Next time you take to the roads, bear in mind the high factor of driver behaviour traits that cause accidents and stay extra vigilant.

The ESP Test

Ford’s ESP is the latest technology to be installed on vans for sale. ESP stands for Electronic Stability Programme and it senses when the vehicle, whether it is a Ford Transit Sport or other Ford vehicle is losing grip and will automatically apply a braking force to individual wheels to stabilise it. The system manages to monitor your van’s behaviour which will help you keep control behind the wheel, whatever weather conditions you may have to face.

The Cost of a Road Traffic Accident

After a road traffic accident, when you’re thinking about whether to make a claim for traffic accident compensation, you should be aware of all of the things that you may be paying for and thus need to be covered by any compensation you receive.

The most obvious cost will be any damage that has been done to your vehicle. Repairs can be costly and if the worst comes to the worst you may end up having to buy a replacement. The cost of this to you is easy to work out as quotes can be attained from garages or mechanics on how much it’ll cost you to repair, and finding out how much an equivalent car will cost should also be a cinch.

However, any profits, work or wages you’ve lost out on due to not having transport also need to be taken into account. If you can’t make it to work without your vehicle then whoever was responsible for wrecking it should also have to make up the financial loss you’ve suffered as a result of their actions.

Finally, you’ll need to consider any injuries that you’ve sustained and the long term implications of them. Making a road traffic accident claim will mean that you can get the compensation necessary to cover any ongoing costs that you might have to bear as a result of you injury. You can also receive compensation that will try to make up for any pain or suffering that you’ve been through as a result of your accident.

Kim Kardashian damages her Bentley

Nobody likes to damage their car especially when it’s a top of the range Bentley. Kim Kardashian the American socialite who has recently branched into producing, acting and modelling has damaged her black continental GTC Bentley whilst recording scenes for the TV programme Entourage.

It is reported that she failed to slow down whilst driving over speed bumps in LA and has caused almost £17000 worth of damage to her customised platinum bodywork.

The celebrity has had to warn valets across Hollywood that the Bentley continental GTC will make a lot of noise whilst they drive it.

The black all wheel drive supercar has a 12-cylinder, 6-litre, twin-turbocharged engine and features a very spacious interior space and has been Kim’s pride and joy for a long time. The Continental GTC Bentley range has a huge list of amazing extras including heated steering wheels, self levelling wheel badges and hybrid multimedia units.

Bentley Continentals have become very popular with celebrities due to their high performance and luxurious interiors. Bentley owners include Paris Hilton, Jay-z and Xzibit, many others have changed their Aston Martins or Porsches after visiting Bentley Dealers.

With its fantastic charms and exclusive appeal a Bentley Dealership is a place you can expect to see celebrities in on their days off browsing for an addition to their collections.

If you would like to see for yourself why Bentley motorcars have become so popular with everyone then a visit to your closest dealer will certainly suffice and show you the luxury and comforts they possess.