According to figures published annually by the Department for Transport (DfT), the number of injuries caused by car accidents in the UK has been steadily falling for the past 40 years. The Reported Road Casualties Great Britain report shows a steady but definite decrease in the number of people suffering an injury as a result of a road traffic accident.
This welcome trend is likely to be down to a number of factors. Cars now feature more safety features than ever before with braking technology being constantly developed and improved. Anti-lock braking systems are now commonplace in new vehicles, as is power steering and a range of technologies to improve vehicle handling and dynamics.
Many cars are now fitted with several airbags so that all passengers are equally well protected during a collision. A car may also have side impact protection and possible head protection.
The laws with regards to driving have also been tightened. All passengers must now wear a seatbelt and children must have a suitable child car seat when travelling. The laws are now catching up with new technology, with laws against driving while using a mobile phone, for example. Our roads also have more safety measures in place such as speed bumps, speed displays and speed cameras and improved visibility aids.
It is great news that the number of injuries due to road traffic accidents continues to decline in line with the DfT’s aims and targets. However, the fact remains that even the lowest reported figures of 2009 show that 222,146 people suffered an injury from a car accident. Should you find yourself injured in a road accident through no fault of your own then personal injury claims can get you the compensation that you deserve.
The costs of an injury can soon mount up, particularly if you have to take time off work and lose out on potential earnings because of it. But you don’t have to be left out of pocket if the accident was not your fault. A good specialist compensation claims company will pursue compensation for you on a no win, no fee basis.
No win, no fee means that you don’t have to worry about paying costly solicitors bills at a time when you may already be losing out financially. A specialist claims firm will aim to get you the compensation that you deserve, and you will receive 100 per cent of this sum. Should a claim be unsuccessful then you don’t pay them a penny.
Although the roads appear to be getting safer, injuries due to road traffic accidents are still, unfortunately, commonplace. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault then you have nothing to lose by using a no win, no fee claims specialist. Most car accident claims are relatively straightforward and you will not be left out of pocket because of an accident that was caused by another road user.