BMW Car Club - Scotland

Car crash statistics

The current statistics concerning car accidents indicate that approximately four people are killed every hour in car accidents. There are a number of different factors responsible for these statistics, including mistakes or negligence by one of the other driver of the vehicles involved, or a flaw in the machinery of one of the cars. The two principal reasons for the high number of car accidents are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or reckless driving. If you have been involved in an accident contact an Irwin Mitchell personal injury solicitor.

Statistics show that the majority of the car accidents which occur in the UK are caused by teenagers, in all probability due to a combination of excitability, inexperience, alcohol and a rebellious rejection of the road safety laws. However, outside of this there are still a significant numbers of crashes that do not involve teenagers. Another major factor in the number of accidents is drivers losing concentration at the wheel of the car - due to tiredness, or distractions such as passengers or ringing mobile phones. This can also be caused by factors such as drug, or alcohol abuse, as these are not issues restricted to teenagers. These losses of concentration can in turn affect the concentration of other motorists, leading to multiple car pile-ups.

A third common cause of car crashes is faults in the actual vehicles themselves, ranging from brake failures to tyres with insufficient traction for the road surface. There are a number of areas of a car that can lead to crashes if they are not properly maintained. If you are the victim of a crash caused either by negligence on the part of another motorist, or a vehicle parts failure, you could be eligible to claim for damages. If your crash injuries were caused by driver negligence, the claim would be against the other motorist, whereas if they were caused by a maintenance problem either with your car or that of the other motorist, the claim would likely be against the company who sold the car, or the professional who serviced it and failed to properly check the safety.