A road traffic accident is an incident in which two vehicles or more meet on a public road, highway, street or any other place open to the public, whether within or outside a built-up area.
A crash is an event or sequence of events resulting from the impact of a vehicle on another vehicle, object or person.
A collision occurs when two or more moving things collide. A collision may be physical (e.g., two cars colliding at speed) or nonphysical (e.g., two ideas sharing the same space). A collision can happen anywhere on any road, rail or airway and in any form of transport – car, train, plane etc.
A road traffic accident (RTAA) is a collision between a motor vehicle, horse or other animal and a pedestrian, cyclist or another road user. This type of collision is most common on residential roads with little or no separation from the adjoining land.
The most common causes of RTAs are:
1. Driver error – the most common cause of RTAs is driver error. In most cases, this occurs when a driver is distracted by the mobile phone or texting while driving. Other causes include failure to look properly for pedestrians, cyclists and animals crossing their path; failing to signal for turns; taking unexpected sharp bends in roadways; speeding; and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
A road traffic accident can happen at any time and anywhere, as you’ll discover if you’re involved in one. You might be sitting at a red light when another driver runs the red light, or you might be driving along a busy road with little room to pull over. Either way, your next move could save your life.
Here are some important things to remember if you are involved in an accident:
Never assume that the other driver was at fault. Ask yourself who has greater responsibility for the accident and then act accordingly.
Don’t resist arrest or give false statements. If you have been arrested or questioned by police, it is best not to speak without legal representation present. If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 immediately after being released from police custody.
Road Traffic Accident-How to Make a Claim?
You can make a claim for compensation for injuries or damage you have suffered as a result of a road traffic accident in the following circumstances:
If you are injured or killed.
If a vehicle is driven by another person and causes your death or injury, then they may be liable for compensation. If they were insured, they will be required to pay out funds through their insurance company if they are found guilty of causing the accident. However, if they are not insured and are not at fault, then you may still be able to make an insurance claim against them.
If you suffer from psychological injury as a result of an accident.
This includes stress, depression and anxiety related to your injuries or any other factors that affect your mental health after an accident. It doesn’t matter whether you have suffered from these conditions before or not – if you do suffer from them after an accident and it’s related to the accident itself then this would be considered by the courts as being caused by the accident itself rather than due to something else (such as depression).
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident and have been unable to work, you may be able to claim compensation from the person or persons who caused the accident.
You should not hesitate to make a claim for compensation for your injuries. There are several reasons why it is important to make a claim:
It will protect your rights, even if you do not win the case in court. If you do not make a claim, then your legal rights will also be protected.
You may be entitled to compensation under certain circumstances even if no one was found guilty of any offence or negligence.
There may be other people involved in the incident who could also make claims on your behalf (for example, passengers).
If you wish to pursue your own legal action against another driver or car owner, then it is much better if you find out first whether they are insured and how much they might pay out in compensation.