Dark Nights Increase Road Traffic Accidents

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Soon many people will be travelling to and from work in the dark and school children will be walking or cycling to school in the dark also. Accident Claims Solicitors First Personal Injury is warning the public to take extra care as visibility and quiet, dark roads become a risk.

Department for Transport Statistics show that in the 12 month period to March 2010 there were 161,850 reported road accidents involving personal injury and of these, 23,440 accidents involved death or serious injury.

Soon many people will be travelling to and from work in the dark and school children will be walking or cycling to school in the dark also. Accident claims solicitors First Personal Injury is warning the public to take extra care as visibility and quiet, dark roads become a risk.

According to official government statistics, children are more at risk from road accidents from 3pm onwards in autumn and winter and this can often coincide with workers driving home. Whether they are out playing or walking back from school - many children will be out on the streets during late afternoon and early evening in the weeks and months ahead, but the dull winter weather means children could be at greater risk from road traffic accidents than any other time of year - especially if they are not wearing high visibility gear.    

Statistics also show that motorists too are also at risk, driving in the dark on unfamiliar roads is a major cause of car accidents, particularly in country areas and the risk of a fatal accident is three times higher at night than during the day (particularly between 9:00pm and 2:00am). Even perfect vision is reduced to 20/50 at night.

Managing Partner of First Personal Injury Michael Jefferies says: “Department for Transport Statistics show that in the 12 month period to March 2010 there were 161,850 reported road accidents involving personal injury and of these, 23,440 accidents involved death or serious injury.”

He continues: “Fortunately there are things you can do. From ensuring batteries in bike lights are always fresh to making sure your children are wearing the correct safety gear like helmets and reflective clothing - these small things can mean the difference between life and death. With car drivers there’s also some simple measures that will help, from making sure that all the lights on the car work properly and that headlights are not pointing off the road at an angle in any way. Keep your windshield clean and don't stare at oncoming headlights - focus on the edges of oncoming traffic and bright objects.”

As well as the darker days the winter period poses many risks especially as temperatures drop and the roads becoming slippery with snow and ice. Drivers are advised to have a winter car kit, including de-icer but it is also important that drivers prepare for the worst and pack warm clothing and a hot drink on long distance trips as the roads are expected to be congested during bad winter weather.

If you are unfortunate to be involved in an accident that isn’t your fault and you are injured, make sure you see a doctor as soon as possible. If anyone has suffered as a result of an accident that was not their fault or was caused by someone else’s negligence they may be able to make an accident claim. In the first instance telephone First Personal Injury for advice on making a claim for compensation on 0800 014 1629 or complete one of our online accident claim form at http://www.firstpersonalinjury.co.uk.

First Personal Injury operates on a no win no fee** basis which means you do not pay for our legal services whether you win or lose and you will receive 100% of the compensation awarded to you.

About First Personal Injury
First Personal Injury is a trading name of Jefferies LLP one of the UK's leading personal injury law firms. Jefferies LLP has over 16 years experience in personal injury accident claims. They have won justice and personal injury compensation for tens of thousands of people all over the country from its base in Altrincham, South Manchester. The firm deals with all levels of personal injury claims - from minor to catastrophic.

**Please note - In limited circumstances, fees may be charged when your claim is not successful. These specific limited circumstances are set out in our No Win No Fee Agreement. In addition, if you fail to attend a medical appointment arranged for you, the doctor may charge a non-attendance fee

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