Official figures say that 1.6 per cent of all hospital visits in the 2009-2010 year were the result of road traffic accidents. This equates to a total of nearly 250,000 hospital visits, and many of the injuries sustained in these accidents become impetus for many personal injury claims.
While motor vehicles do offer many benefits to Brits, these injury figures are demonstrative of how there are accompanying risks to users of the road. From 1999 through 2010, three million casualties have occurred on roads in the UK, according to the BBC, leading to 36,000 fatalities alone, with an annual road collision rate of approximately 730,000 instances every year.
Despite the term ‘road traffic accident,’ not all RTAs are indeed accidental. Even in the case of the driver causing an unintentional accident, insurance companies and personal injury solicitors alike are more than happy to assign blame to the driver, along with the responsibility for footing the bill for any damage or injury that occurred as a result of the accident.
And it’s not just the drivers of motor vehicles that can be found responsible for RTAs. Car passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians can and have been the proximate cause of many road traffic accidents either through carelessness and negligence or through conscious choice.
Industry experts say that you should always stay at the scene of an RTA until the police or emergency services arrive. This is recommended not just because you may have suffered injuries in a traffic collision, but because it can be illegal to flee the scene of an accident – especially if you were responsible for the incident.