Accidents on Bends in the Road Claim *
Accidents on bends in the road claims *are a common form of road traffic accidents *, particularly on country roads where it may be more difficult to see oncoming traffic around the bend. They are sometimes referred to as accident hotspots. They usually occur as the driver loses control of their vehicle and hit another road user.
If you have been in a road traffic accident * which was caused by another person, then you may be entitled to pursue legal action. Claims for personal injuries caused by a road traffic accident are made through the Injuries Board and this is an important first step in the process.
Who is Liable?
This will vary depending on the situation, so it is important to determine who is liable for the accident before pursuing a claim. If there has been any contributory negligence, you may not be able to make a claim.
Hit by another vehicle
If you have been injured in a situation where another car hit your car on a bend in the road where your car was stationary, possibly stood in a line of traffic beyond the bend, in this case, the person that hit will most likely be held accountable. As it can be difficult to see around a bend in the road a driver may be unaware of what is around the corner. In these situations, it is important that you slow down when approaching so as to reduce the risk of crashing into another vehicle.
Pulling out of Side Roads
If there has been an accident when a vehicle is pulling out from a side road, that vehicle will most likely be seen as responsible for the accident as they should have ensured that the road was clear before proceeding. There may be other factors which show that they were not at fault, so they will not be deemed liable.
Overtaking on a bend
Although the rules of the road state that you should not overtake another vehicle on a bend in the road, some road users may still do this. They driver who was on the wrong side of the road will then be responsible for any accidents caused as a result of this. This will be the case unless it can be proven otherwise.
There are certain factors which should be taken into consideration when trying to determine liability for an accident on a bend in the road.
- Were there witnesses present at the time?
- Was the cause of the accident clear?
- What comments were made by those involved in the accident immediately after?
- Did either driver make any obvious mistakes or rule breakages?
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal Injuries
- Back and spinal injury
- Breaks and fractures
- Soft tissue damage
- Nerve Injury
- Dislocations and amputations
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Head Injuries
- Overtaking on a bend in the road
- Using a mobile phone while driving
- Disobeying rules of the road
- Poor road conditions
- Failing to show a duty of care
Reasons for an accident in these areas may be the speed at which a car is travelling around the bend – an accident may occur if the driver is travelling too fast. Speed limits in Ireland vary depending on the road type:
- Town and city (50km/h)
- National roads (100km/h)
- Regional and local roads (80km/h)
- Motorway (120km/h)
- Special speed limits (30km/h or 60km/h) – usually designation roads and zones, such as road outside built-up areas, schools, etc.
While these may be the designated speed limits – taking a bend at these speed limits may result in an accident if the person doesn’t take the bend correctly, they may veer into the other lane or turn over the car.
What to do if you have been involved in an accident
There are a number of steps which you should follow immediately after an accident if you are considering making a personal injuries claim.
- Take photos of the scene of the accident and your injuries, if possible
- Obtain CCTV footage if applicable
- Document details relating to the other people and vehicle involved
- Obtain details of witnesses who were present
- Document details of the accident
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
For a confidential discussion about your accident on a bend in the road claim * you can contact our road traffic accident solicitors * on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential discussion.
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