There are of course typical accident danger areas such as, side roads with minimal visibility, traffic lights and roundabouts but one area in particular causes many accidents and that is country roads.
There are probably a variety of reasons why so many accidents are on country roads, possibly because we may be a little more relaxed when driving through the countryside, taking in the scenery.
The roads are often very narrow and have poor visibility especially on bends. There are also other factors involved we wouldn’t expect if driving in urban areas such as slow-moving vehicles like tractors, horse riders and wildlife running out in front of vehicles.
Keeping safe on country roads
Additional care should always be taken when driving on country roads and lanes. Most country lanes have special passing places, in order to avoid head on collisions. Below are some driving tips to help you to be safe when driving on country roads:
- Vehicles travelling uphill should be given priority, so whenever possible let then pass even if this means reversing uphill to reach a passing point.
- When you see a vehicle coming towards you or the vehicle behind wants to overtake, pull into a passing place on your left, or wait opposite a passing place on your right.
- Corners and bends in country roads can often be deceiving so you should lower your speed accordingly.
- At turnings and junctions be prepared to slow down considerably or even stop especially when there is poor visibility.
- Be ready for slow-moving farm vehicles, pedestrians, horse riders, bikes.
- Make allowance for mud, dirt and potholes on the road.
- Ensure you allow enough stopping distance.
- Speed should be reduced when passing through villages.
- Adverse weather conditions are especially bad on country roads, heavy rain is pushed onto the roads from fields and when it is icy conditions country roads are not priority to be gritted.
Where there is a dispute regarding who was to blame many accidents on country roads are settled on a 50/50 basis as there is simply no way of determining who’s fault the accident was if both parties are blaming each other. It often boils down to one person’s word against another.
Successfully claiming compensation for an injury sustained in a country road accident is difficult which is why it is essential you attempt to gather as much evidence as possible immediately after the accident occurs.
Checklist for accidents on country roads
- The very first thing that should be done is to check no one is injured or requires urgent medical attention. If you even suspect this is the case then call an ambulance immediately.
- Make a note of the registration number of the other vehicle involved together with the make and model of the vehicle.
- Obtain the other divers name and address.
- Write down the other driver’s insurance details and policy number if they have them.
- Nearly everyone nowadays has a mobile phone with a camera. Take plenty of photos showing the road layout from various perspectives, the road surface showing any skid marks and the positions of the vehicles before they are moved.
- If anyone has been injured as a result of the accident, or liability is disputed the Police should be called
- Make every effort to obtain witnesses at the scene of the accident. Independent witness evidence can be crucial when dealing with country lane accidents, and is often the deciding factor when determining liability.
Making a claim
If you have suffered an injury in a road accident and feel it was the result of someone else’s negligence then please contact our expert personal injury solicitors today.
Injury Claims Assistance handle personal injury claims on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis so you do not have to worry about the costs involved when making a claim for compensation.