Anyone who has ever had an accident on the road will certainly tell you that it is a traumatic experience. Even if there are no physical injuries, the psychological damage can be long lasting – not to mention damage to the vehicle and the stress of filing insurance claims.
Which is safer – four wheels or two?
A car accident and motorcycle accident can be just as serious as one another and it is a common misconception that one is safer than the other. When it comes down to it, four wheels, two wheels or three wheels (if you have a three wheeled van) can all be involved in an accident.
Treacherous conditions and driver error caused by fatigue, distraction or errors in judgement are the main causes for accidents with vehicle malfunctions often coming second to these factors.
If a car collides with a motorcycle, injuries can be severe – but this does not mean that motorcycles are more dangerous. It simply means that a car may offer more protection, due to the structure, and is a reflection of the vulnerability motorcyclists experience on the road due to the smaller size.
More cars are involved in road accidents than motorcycles, statistically speaking, but it should also be noted that motorcyclists are still involved in a large number when you consider they only make up 1% of road traffic. No matter what your vehicle; accidents can occur through driver error, the state of the road itself or weather conditions.
Rules and regulations
There are many types of accident and it is not always possible to guard against every obstacle. The most important thing anyone can do is remain alert when driving and be observant and courteous to other road users.
With updated driving tests and stringent testing rules, everything is being done to ensure that each road user is accurately assessed before allowing them to obtain their license. Road safety campaigns have increased awareness of issues but sometimes all the knowledge in the world can’t prevent a car accident or motorcycle accident from occurring. However, having these rules and regulations in place is reassuring and still prevents many calamities on the roads.
If someone collides with you on the road in a car or motorcycle, it is understandable to feel a sense of injustice if you are in no way to blame. Accidents can leave a lasting impression on people, no matter how large or small the incident. The road to recovery both physically and mentally can be an uphill struggle so you should seek advice from professionals as soon as possible.
Accidents do happen and when they do, it is vital to know what to do next for the recovery in your health and to repair the damage done to your vehicle.
If you think that you have a claim for compensation, it is important to speak to a specialist such as Edwards Hoyle Solicitors who can give you advice developed from years of experience in the field. Your case will always be dealt with professionally and to the highest standards.