National Accident Helpline Warning Over Car Accidents This Easter Holiday

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National Accident Helpline warns drivers to be extra careful during the Easter holiday, when roads are busier than usual

These figures not only highlight the importance of road safety but prove that more needs to be done to stop unnecessary accidents and deaths

With less than a week before the notoriously busy Easter holiday, National Accident Helpline is warning people to drive carefully to help prevent car accidents, as thousands of Brits make the most of the long break.

According to traffic information specialist Trafficmaster, it’s estimated that the busiest day of the year on the roads will be the afternoon and evening of Maundy Thursday, 5th April, when regular commuter traffic will be merging with holiday traffic.

Graham Smith, Data Manager at Trafficmaster, says: “Drivers should expect very heavy traffic on many routes on 5th April when regular commuter traffic will still be on the move. The Easter holiday period is the first opportunity in the spring that many people take a break."

The latest statistics released by the Department for Transport show that 24,430 people were killed or seriously injured in road accidents in the year ending September 2011.

Beth Powell, Consumer Director at National Accident Helpline, says: “These figures not only highlight the importance of road safety but prove that more needs to be done to stop unnecessary accidents and deaths. With more cars expected on the roads, the chances of an accident are more likely.

“All road users have a role to play in preventing road traffic accidents, but if you do find yourself involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, whether you are a driver, cyclist or pedestrian, we are here to help. After an accident you may find yourself out of pocket or unable to work due to your injuries. National Accident Helpline has helped hundreds of thousands of people claim the compensation they are entitled to. Visit our website at http://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk to find out more.”

Easter driving tips from Trafficmaster:

  •     Allow extra time for your journey and let someone know the route you will be taking
  •     Ensure you have sufficient fuel for your journey
  •     Show courtesy to other drivers who may be travelling on a route they are not familiar with
  •     Make sure you have the means to contact assistance in the unlikely event of a problem with your vehicle
  •     Ensure you are aware of any restrictions affecting your route
  •     Although traffic during the tail end of Easter is usually less concentrated, expect heavy traffic returning home on Easter Monday afternoon and evening
  •     Make sure your car has had a service and is well maintained

For further information on traffic and for regular updates during the Easter break visit trafficmaster.co.uk

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About National Accident Helpline:

National Accident Helpline is the biggest and most experienced personal injury claims company in the UK and has been championing consumers’ rights and providing access to justice since 1993.

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