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Beware this bank holiday getaway: Nearly half of Britons victims of road traffic accidents

Man on the phone next to two cars after collision
3rd October 2014

Drivers should be ultra vigilant when travelling this Bank Holiday weekend as a new study by Your Legal Friend, a leading firm of personal injury solicitors, has found that nearly half (49%) of road users have been involved in a traffic accident and 45% of these collisions have resulted in a personal injury.

The August Bank Holiday is one of the busiest periods of the year on Britain’s roads, 16 million drivers travelled during August Bank Holiday last year and, as millions of drivers prepare to hit the road again, The Your Legal Friend Road Report provides a stark warning.  

As well as pointing to significant accident rates across the country, the survey highlights particular accident hot-spots when it comes to major cities. Road users in Leeds have experienced the highest number of road traffic accidents (RTAs) with more than half (55%) being involved in a collision. Drivers in Edinburgh and Birmingham aren’t far behind, with 54% and 53% having been in road traffic accidents respectively.  The lowest number of accidents were experienced by drivers in London where two fifths (40%) had been in a collision.

Philip Waters, solicitor at Your Legal Friend commented: “Britain has the most congested roads in Europe2 and this, combined with poor road quality must be a major contributing factor when it comes to accident rates.

“Accidents can have a devastating effect on the people involved, including a financial impact if people are left with injuries that mean they cannot work or need to pay expensive medical and care costs. However with the Government still consulting on plans to change the small claims limit and recent amendments to legal aid, many victims may find their ability to claim damages restricted.  

The Your Legal Friend Road Report found two thirds (66%) of road users who have been involved in an accident believe they were not to blame for the incident. In addition, two thirds (67%) of road users believe innocent victims should be allowed to seek financial redress if they suffer injuries as a result of an accident that wasn’t their fault.

Mr Waters continued: “With so many people involved in accidents, there is a clear need to ensure those who have been injured as a result still have access to legal support and can be compensated for any losses they suffer.”