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5 Common Causes of road traffic accidents that can easily be avoided

Avoid accidents! Top 5 preventable causes

We all know the feeling – that exhilarating rush of freedom that comes with cruising down the open road. But let’s face it, road traffic accidents can turn that joyride into a real nightmare. The good news? Many common causes of these accidents are totally avoidable with a little awareness and some smart choices behind the wheel.

So, put down that coffee (we’ll get to distracted driving soon!), buckle up, and let’s explore five ways to keep your travels safe and sound following the Highway Code, road safety and vehicle rules.

The Text-Tempted Trap: Why Your Phone Can Wait

We’ve all seen them – those drivers weaving through traffic, eyes glued to their phones. It might seem like a quick text or a harmless social media check, but here’s the shocker: distracted driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence.

Think about it. When you’re texting, your brain is focused on that message, not the road ahead. It’s like driving blindfolded for a few seconds – enough time for disaster to strike. Here’s the key: your phone can wait. That hilarious cat video or urgent message will still be there when you reach your destination.

So, ditch the distractions and focus on the road. After all, the scenery flashing by your window (and the safety of yourself and others) is way more interesting than anything on your phone screen.

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Speeding: When the Need for Need for Speed Gets You Stuck in Reverse

We’ve all been there – running a little late, feeling the pressure to get somewhere fast. But here’s the truth: speeding is a recipe for disaster. The faster you go, the less time you have to react to unexpected situations.

Think of it like this: imagine a child darting out into the street. At a lower speed, you have a much better chance of stopping in time. Speeding also increases the severity of any accident you might be involved in. It’s a simple equation: faster speed equals bigger impact.

So, ditch the lead foot and chill out. Leaving a little earlier and sticking to the speed limit will ensure you arrive safely, not in the back of an ambulance.

Drowsy Driving: Don’t Be a Sleepyhead Behind the Wheel

Let’s face it, we all get tired sometimes. But there’s a big difference between feeling a little sluggish and being so sleep-deprived that you can barely keep your eyes open. Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving.

When you’re exhausted, your reaction time slows down, your focus wanes, and you might even microsleep – short periods of sleep that can last for a few seconds but feel like an eternity. These microsleeps can leave you completely unaware of your surroundings, making accidents highly likely.

The solution is simple: if you’re feeling tired, pull over and take a break. A quick nap, a cup of coffee, or even just some fresh air can make a world of difference.

Remember, a well-rested driver is a safe driver. Don’t gamble with your safety (and the safety of others) by driving when you’re drowsy.

Red Light Roulette: Why Ignoring Signals is a Recipe for Disaster

Traffic lights are there for a reason – to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely. Yet, some drivers seem to think red lights are just suggestions. Let’s be clear: ignoring a red light is not just rude, it’s incredibly dangerous.

Think about it. An intersection is a busy place, with vehicles coming from all directions. When you disregard a red light, you’re essentially throwing yourself into a chaotic mix of traffic, hoping for the best.

The best course of action? Be patient, respect the traffic signals, and avoid playing red light roulette.

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Sharing the Road: When Courtesy Counts

The road is a shared space, and just like any shared space, courtesy goes a long way. Tailgating, cutting off other drivers, and generally being aggressive all contribute to a more stressful and dangerous driving experience for everyone.

Think about it. When you’re calm and courteous, you’re more likely to anticipate other drivers’ actions and react accordingly. On the other hand, aggressive driving creates a tense atmosphere, making accidents more likely.

So, be a courteous driver. Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you, use your indicators properly, and be patient. Remember, everyone is trying to get to their destination safely, so let’s work together to make that happen.

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Making a a Road Traffic Accident Claim with National Claims After

Being involved in a road traffic accident can be a frightening and stressful experience, especially if you’ve suffered injuries. While the focus should always be on staying safe on the road, accidents do happen. If you’re the unfortunate victim of a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, National Claims can help you navigate the claims process and recover the compensation you deserve.

Here at National Claims, we understand the complexities of road traffic accident claims. We specialise in helping victims who were injured while adhering to the rules of the road, even if they were pedestrians or cyclists. How We Can Help You Recover After an Accident

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Our process starts with a free consultation where we’ll discuss the details of your accident. We’ll listen attentively to your story and assess the circumstances surrounding the collision. This initial meeting allows us to provide valuable insights into the viability of your claim and connect you with a specialist solicitor who will be able to assist you with your claim.

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We believe everyone deserves access to justice. That’s why we offer a “No Win, No Fee” agreement. You won’t have to worry about upfront legal costs. Our fees are contingent on a successful outcome, so you can pursue your claim with confidence, knowing we’re invested in your success.

*Customers pay up to 25% (incl. VAT) of the amount recovered towards solicitor costs and if you cancel outside your cooling off period, you may be charged a fee.

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We recognize that a road traffic accident can be a traumatic experience. Our team provides unwavering support throughout the entire claims process. We’re here to answer your questions, address any concerns you may have, and offer the emotional support you need during this challenging time.


While navigating the legalities of a road traffic accident can feel overwhelming, prioritizing safety should always come first. By understanding the common causes of accidents and practicing safe habits as pedestrians or cyclists, we can all contribute to a safer environment on the roads.

However, unexpected situations do arise. If you’ve been the responsible party adhering to the rules and suffer injuries due to someone else’s negligence, National Claims is here to help. Our team offers guidance, a “No Win, No Fee” structure, and unwavering support throughout the claims process.

Contact us today to speak to one of our claims agents who will be able to help you get started on your claim.

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