Car accidents cause the most injuries and deaths in Scotland. If you lose control of your car and damage another car or property, you can claim for compensation.
Road traffic accidents have caused the most damage and financial loss. Imagine your car suddenly failing to brake, making you lose control of your car and damage your surroundings. Since the outcome was not your fault, we can help you determine who is at fault and recover your losses.
What will cause a driver to lose control of his vehicle?
To lose control of your vehicle, you must experience either a loss of traction or a loss of steering control. These things will cause you to swerve out of your lane and into another car, or they’ll cause you to roll over and get stuck on a guardrail.
If you find yourself in an uncontrollable situation, try not to hit your brakes until it’s absolutely necessary—braking can actually cause more accidents than it prevents by causing you to skid out of control. Try slowing down and straightening to avoid a crash.
There are a number of things that can cause you to lose control of your vehicle while driving. Losing control can be especially bad if you’re doing so at high speeds, as it could result in loss of vehicle control or even a car accident.
It is important to know what causes a loss of control, so that you can take steps to prevent it from happening. There are certain conditions which need to be met for losing control. Let us examine a few of them.
Car Accidents where you Lose control of your car
You can’t predict when or where you injure yourself or sustain damages due to someone else’s negligence. Car accidents where you lose control of your car and damage due to another driver’s negligence may be eligible for compensation. When a car or bus hits you due to slippery roads, brake failure, or any other reason, you must claim damages.
How much compensation if you lose control of your car?
How much you get paid depends on your individual case or situation, factors include where you were hit, if a car turned left in front of you or a car hit you while turning right. Your compensation depends on the severity of your damages, injuries, and lost earnings. If you are involved in a car accident with no witnesses, read our article for more information.
You may be eligible for up to £100,000 in compensation for any accident caused by another driver or pedestrian’s negligence. Severe injuries entitle you to more compensation. Use our car accident compensation calculator for more precise personal injury figures.
You hit the vehicle in front
This is a common “rear end shunt” caused by inattention. If you rear-end someone, you’ll almost always be held responsible, but not always.
If the car in front of you suddenly brakes, you may not be liable. For example, a motorcycle collided with a van that had abruptly slowed. The court ruled the van driver had to justify his quick and heavy braking.
The driver in front brakes suddenly
Who is to blame depends on the situation. This is especially true if the motorist made an emergency stop to avoid anything like a dog running into the road. Some older cases state the driver should simply run the dog down, although no modern court will likely do so.
So not only will you as the following driver be answerable to him, but so may the other driver. There will be no “at-fault” driver, and you will have to seek compensation from your own insurers. These are called rear shunt accidents.
You lose control by skidding
In normal weather, if your car goes out of control, you’ll be deemed negligent.
Things change when it’s snowy or icy, especially on ungritted roadways. Even in poor weather, you must drive safely. Even in difficult situations, if you don’t slow down and take extra caution, you could be considered accountable. Insurance companies will pay for comprehensively insured policy holders.
Car hit me while overtaking
Overtaking on the offside occurs in 56% of all overtaking accidents, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA). This includes passing vehicles colliding with oncoming traffic, drivers turning right, and vehicles exiting side roads.
The strength of the impact between two cars travelling at high speeds is a crucial component in these types of accidents. Excessive speed, bad weather, and drivers misjudging distance and road conditions cause most overtaking incidents. Overtaking is one of the most difficult driving manoeuvres, demanding quick decision making. Drivers overtake to save time or avoid slow-moving traffic.
Taking care when overtaking
Keep in mind that overtaking a vehicle demands the same safety measures as passing it. In reality, if you’re overtaking and hit an oncoming car, you’ll be held partially or entirely responsible. You can’t expect extreme awareness or reaction from oncoming drivers.
With the “agony rule” in effect, the oncoming driver will not be penalised for responding appropriately to an unavoidable emergency circumstance. No one has to slow down or let you in. However, a court is unlikely to find blame with the overtaken driver for not doing so.
Why are overtaking accidents so common?
Overtaking on the offside occurs in 56% of all overtaking incidents, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA). This includes passing cars colliding with oncoming traffic, drivers turning right, and vehicles exiting side roads.
The strength of the impact between two cars travelling at high speeds is a crucial component in these types of accidents. Excessive speed, bad weather, and drivers misjudging distance and road conditions cause most overtaking incidents. Overtaking is one of the most difficult driving movements, demanding quick decision making. Drivers overtake to save time or avoid slow-moving traffic.
Someone pulls out in front of you and you hit them
If you’re in an accident with someone who pulled out in front of you, you can argue that they caused your accident by obstructing your path or driving dangerously. You can also argue they were negligent because they failed to look before pulling out. However, if you pull out and hit another car – despite being on a clear road – then it would be harder to successfully argue that someone else was at fault.
You have an accident when turning right
A vehicle attempting to turn right off a single highway collides with another vehicle attempting to overtake. This type of accident is sometimes intensely contested, with opposing parties presenting contrasting accounts of events.
In this instance, one or both drivers may be obliged to admit contributory fault and share blame for the collision. Even if the other motorist is totally to blame for the collision, the driver may lose their insurance premium and no claims bonus. They may also lose their right to sue for injuries, car repairs, medical bills, and lost wages due to forced time off work.
CAR SWERVED INTO MY LANE
Begin by honking and slowing down. You want to slow down so a possible accident is less violent, and you want to increase the distance between the two cars. You can use this time to alert the driver. Let’s hope they swerve back into the proper lane.
Make a claim now
Concerned about an overtaking accident? Or unsure who’s at fault for a lane change accident? Whatever caused you to lose control of your car, if it was due to negligence, you must make a claim without hesitation. We have the best solicitors for you who can help you collect all the required proof to win your case.
If you have any questions about how to win a left turn accident claim, or how to proceed with a case involving speeding or a car accident pulling out of a junction, our solicitors can help you make the best legal claim possible.
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