Vehicle safety and preventing road accidents
There are a number of measures you can take prior to starting your journey to increase your vehicle safety and possibly even prevent a road accident altogether.
European vehicle safety rating group NCAP issues guidance and safety ratings for vehicles by their make, year and model, allowing you to see your current car's safety rating and features. This is also something to consider if you're thinking about purchasing a new car.
The Government's Highway Code also offers guidance on routine vehicle maintenance you can perform to help prevent road accidents from occurring, including:
- Ensuring your head restraint, seat, seatbelt and mirrors are in a correct and comfortable position before you drive.
- Making sure tyres are inflated to the guidelines issued by the vehicle manufacturer's specification.
- Ensure that luggage is appropriately and securely stowed within the vehicle.
- And that all the vehicles' windows and windscreen are clean and free from major visual disturbances.
Tips for motorcyclists and cyclists:
- Try to make yourself as obvious to other road users as possible. This includes wearing reflective, high visibility clothing and, for cyclists, attaching lights to the front and back of your vehicle.
- You should also wear protective clothing, such as full leathers, gloves and boots for motorcyclists and bicycle helmets for cyclists.
Tips for bus or coach passengers:
- Always utilise any seatbelts if they're provided.
- If you have mobility difficulties, ask the driver if the bus you are about to board has a lowering function to make sure you don't trip or fall in between the kerb and the bus.
If you've been injured in a road accident and you're not sure whether or not you can make a motor accident claim, contact us for a quick chat either by calling our free phone number of starting a Live Chat session on screen.
Vehicle safety - what to do if a vehicle defect causes an accident
You can also make motor accident claims when a defective piece of vehicle equipment either caused your accident or led to more significant injuries after an accident.
Typical examples of vehicle defects are tyre blowouts and faulty airbags.
Motor accident claims - know your rights
If you've been injured in a road traffic accident and someone else was to blame, you're legally entitled to claim road accident compensation.
Making a motor accident claim can seem complicated, but Road Accident Helpline - a service from National Accident Helpline - is here to help make your claim simple.
We don't think it's right that you should have to suffer without compensation, so call us today for free to find out more about motor accident claims.
We put people ahead of vehicles. We're here to help you if you were injured in a road traffic accident, whether you were a motorist, cyclist, or passenger. Our solicitors can also help you make a pedestrian accident claim if you've been hit by a vehicle when walking. .