Driving Home For Christmas
Published 17 December 2018
We almost become immune to hearing about road traffic accidents on the news each day. But statistics from the PSNI show that there were 6,046 collisions recorded from April 2017 to April 2018, resulting in 9051 casualties.*
At this time of year, it is especially important that awareness is raised around safety on our roads. There are a host of factors that contribute to accidents on our roads but at Christmas there are some particular considerations…
Weather – As the seasonal weather becomes more erratic with each year, we are unsure what to expect from one week to the next. Snow or ice has yet to hit hard but we now also see more irregular weather, such as torrential rain and forceful wind. Whatever the driving conditions are it is important to remember to reduce your speed as and when necessary, and always leave the correct breaking distance between yourself and the car in front.
Speed and Inattention – As the working year winds down, we are all in a rush to get home to begin our holidays and festive celebrations. By slowing down our speed and paying extra attention to the road, traffic will flow easier and we will drive safer. Please remember to allow for extra journey time to account for increased traffic and darker evenings.
Drink Driving – This is unfortunately a very major concern at this time of year. As Christmas parties and celebrations get under way, we sometimes get caught up in the festivities and are tempted to consume alcohol. Remember that you should never drink and drive. If you driving the day after consuming alcohol, consider finding alternative means of transport as alcohol may still be in your system.
PSNI figures report that ‘Impaired by Alcohol / Drugs’ was the causation factor used in most fatal and serious collisions in 2017-2018, with 87 KSI (killed or seriously injured) causalities recorded.*
Road Traffic Accident Claims
If you are involved in any type of road traffic accident this Christmas period, and are injured as a result, we would offer the following advice…
What to do Guide – if you don’t have a copy of this, and would like one, please email us your details and we will post one out to you.Get Details – Take note of the other drivers and vehicles involved, including their name, car registration number, phone number and insurance details. Save this information onto the notepad on your phone, or record the details in our
Seek Medical Advice – If you or a passenger has been injured you should seek medical advice as soon as possible by calling an ambulance, going to hospital or seeing your own doctor depending on the severity of the injury. Remember if you are involved in an accident and notice someone else injured or in distress please call the emergency services straight away.
Speak to your Solicitor – If you have sustained an injury in a road traffic accident, you may wish to claim for compensation. Speak to a litigation solicitor to discuss your claim, remember to provide all relevant information and any photographs if possible.
MKB Law’s Claims team have obtained many successful outcomes for clients over the past year who have had the misfortune of being caught up in road traffic accidents.
If you are worried about the cost of making a claim, please be aware that there are financing options available such as After The Event (ATE) Insurance. MKB Law are one of very few solicitors that have access to after the event insurance in Northern Ireland. Most ATE insurance policies will cover against the cost of court proceedings apart from your own solicitor’s fees.
This article is for general guidance only and should not be regarded as a substitute for professional legal advice. *Source: PSNI