Bad Weather and Road Traffic Accidents

Now we are in Autumn in the UK, and heading towards Winter, there is no doubt that the weather will continue to deteriorate. We have already seen rain and flood warnings throughout the country in the past week, and this is likely to get worse before it gets better. Bad weather on the roads may even lead to accidents.

The latest reports from the Met Office have shown that the UK is about to face a huge storm, even post storm Alex that hit many parts of the country over the weekend. Parts of the UK have been issued weather and flood warnings, and the weather is set to stay bad in some parts throughout October.

And as we head into Winter, the weather may end up being even more unpredictable, with anything from rain, and wind, to sleet, snow and overnight frost.


Effects on the Bad Weather on Roads

This will lead to more dangerous conditions on the road, and, unfortunately, may lead to more road traffic accidents. According to the Met Office, as reported in the Express, 9 out of 10 weather-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads take place in the rain.

There are specific rules in the Highway Code for driving in bad weather conditions such as rain, wind, ice, and snow, but, unfortunately, not all drivers take notice of these guidelines.

Careless driving is one of the main causes of road traffic accidents in the UK, along with speeding. Both things can cause serious injury. Drivers must ensure that they are driving more carefully in bad weather conditions to prevent accidents happening. If people are driving carelessly, not paying attention whilst driving, or speeding, then accidents are likely to happen, especially in bad weather.


Accidents Due to Bad Weather on Roads

If you have had a road traffic accident because of someone else’s carelessness on the road due to the weather conditions, then you may be able to claim compensation.

When you have a road traffic accident, your injuries can be severe. They can range from whiplash and soft tissue damage, to more serious injuries. In the worst cases, they can even be fatal. Even the smallest injuries can take a while to heal after a road traffic accident.

You may have to take time off work to recover, and therefore lose out financially. Your car may have also suffered some damage, and you may even have to replace it. If all of this happened in an accident that was not your fault, then it can be even worse.


How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who deal with road traffic accidents daily. This means that they are well placed to help you to claim any compensation you may be entitled to. Contact us today by filling in our contact form, or by calling us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.