Car Accident On Bends In The Road Causing An Accident – Who Is At Fault?
By Daniel England. Last Updated 6th August 2021. Bends on the roads are a hotspot for road traffic accidents with many possible contributing factors. Country roads, in particular, can be hazardous due to sharp and blind bends in the road where it is impossible to foresee what may be around the corner that could cause an accident.
The speed that drivers are travelling when they go round the bend may result in an accident if they are travelling too fast. Often the country road speed limit in the UK is the national speed limit of 60mph. On many bends, 60mph is far too fast and unfortunately not all driver’s negotiate the bend correctly which could result in going into the other lane and so into oncoming traffic or even rolling the vehicle.
If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence whilst driving around a bend on the road and want to know how to claim, get in touch today.
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Select a Section:
- A guide to claims for accidents on bends in the road.
- What is an accident on bends in the road?
- What to do if you are involved in an accident on bends in the road causing injury.
- Bends on the road accident, who is responsible?
- How to begin your bend in the road accident claim.
- What can be claimed for following an accident on bends in the road?
- The most common reasons for accidents on bends in the road.
- ‘Think’ campaign advice for driving on country roads.
- How much compensation will I get after a bend on the road accident causing injury?
- No Win No Fee bends in the road claims.
- Why choose us as your claims service for your bends in the road claim?
- Call for free advice and to start a claim.
If you are interested in finding out more about country road accidents claims then have a read through this guide. Accidents on bends on the road claims are becoming increasingly common and we specialise in helping people that have been injured and need to make this type of personal injury claim to gain the compensation that they deserve.
This guide includes information regarding single track road accidents, driving on country roads at night, driving on country road tips and more. You will find a lot of answers to your questions in this guide if you are thinking of starting a compensation claim due to an injury you have sustained in a country lane accident. For any questions you may have that are not covered in our guide regarding making a claim, then please feel free to ring us and we will endeavour to help you as best we can.
Accidents on the bends in the road are when drivers lose control of their vehicle, hit into another road user, or when a road user is hit by someone else’s vehicle all whilst going round a bend in the road.
The chances of having a country lane accident are actually higher than on motorways. In fact, the number of people killed on country roads compared to on motorways in 2015, was nearly ten times higher. According to statistics, 59% of all fatalities on the roads happen on country lanes. In 2015, 10,307 people were seriously injured or killed on country roads.
There are many circumstances where an accident may result from travelling around the bends in the roads and often the accidents are due to negligence of some kind or another. If you have suffered an injury due to being involved in an accident on a bend in the road, get in touch with us now and our expert personal injury claims solicitors will help you to get the compensation you are entitled to.
If you have been injured in an accident on a bend in the road there are a number of things you can do to help with your compensation claim such as:
- Photos – If you can, take photos of the scene of the accident, the damage to the car, condition of the road etc. Also, take photos of your injuries as visual proof of the pain and suffering you have endured due to the accident.
- Witnesses – Witness statements are really good for strengthening your case, so if there are any witnesses, get their details so they can be contacted for a statement.
- Proof of expenses – Keep a record of all the expenses you have had due to the accident such as prescription fees, treatment costs, travel costs etc.
- Medical report – Make sure you see a Doctor, firstly for the sake of your health, but also because a medical report will be made about your injuries, suggested treatment and recovery period. This is important when determining the amount awarded.
- Write it down – Write down anything you remember about the accident and the circumstances around the time of the accident. These details may be taken into consideration by the court when deciding on your claim.
- Report to the Police – All road traffic accidents should be reported. If you can, obtain a copy of the Police report.
Every situation will be unique and the Courts have to consider each individually, examining the evidence to be able to determine who is in fact responsible for the accident.
Hit in the back by another vehicle –
In cases where a car is at a standstill in a queue of traffic around a bend for example, and another vehicle crashes into the back of the stationary car, the driver of the vehicle that hit the car would be found to be liable due to negligence where they haven’t taken extra precautions when approaching the bend in the road.
Road users that drive safely will make sure they slow down when approaching a blind bend as they do not know if there are any hazards around it.
These types of accidents often occur on country roads where the speed limit is set as the national speed limit of 60mph for single carriageways.
They’re not as common, however, on roads with a 30mph, and so accidents like this that occur on these roads would indicate the driver that is liable must have been speeding.
Collisions whilst pulling out of side roads –
Unfortunately, in cases where an oncoming vehicle hits a car pulling out of a side road on a bend in the road, it is not always as easy to decide who is liable. Normally, it would be the responsibility of the driver who was pulling out of the side road as they should be checking thoroughly that it is clear to do so, but there are sometimes other factors that could indicate otherwise, such as:
- The oncoming vehicle may have been speeding. In this instance, the driver of the oncoming vehicle could be found to be partially responsible.
- Signs on the road could also affect the Court’s decision. If there were inadequate warnings of the bend, or on the side road ahead, then Highways England could also be partially to blame.
Overtaking on a bend that results in accidents
When vehicles overtake on the bend causing them to go onto the wrong side of the road, regardless of whether the defendant driver failed to negotiate the bend in a safe manner, or they were driving dangerously, the driver of the overtaking vehicle will most likely be found to be the one liable and the Courts will make a decision in favour of the claimant.
If you have road accident injuries like minor whiplash or severe injuries such as a broken back It can be quite a complicated process when making accidents on the bend in the road claims because you need to be able to prove who was liable. Making a claim like this by yourself without any legal experience, would be very tough and most likely very stressful and so by using a personal injury claims firm such as ours would be a great help to you and take away the unnecessary stress.
So, what happens when you call us about your bends in the road crash claims? We will offer you a free consultancy session. Firstly, this gives us the necessary time to get as much information from you about your case as we possibly can, the more information you can give us, the stronger your case will be. Secondly, this allows you to ask us as many questions as you need to with regards to making your claim that you haven’t yet been able to find the answer to so that you feel comfortable to start making your claim.
Once satisfied that we have all the facts we need, any concerns you may have had are cleared up, and we are positive that you have a case, we will make a start on your country road accident claims. All of our specialist personal claims lawyers work on a No Win No Fee basis and so you only pay legal fees when your case is successful.
Occasionally a local medical needs to be arranged. This is at no cost to you. We would arrange this for you at a local clinic that is convenient to you. We can discuss this in more detail during your free consultation if you have any questions on this.
When making your claim, a few things should be considered that you can include when claiming the compensation owed to you, such as:
- General Damages – The amount of compensation you will receive, reflects the pain and resulting from the accident.
- Care Claim – If you have had to have assistance around the house while you recover, the person who has cared for you can file a claim.
- Medical Expenses – If the result of your injury from the accident is causing you to have extra costs, you are able to claim for them. For example, prescription fees, counselling costs etc can be included.
- Loss of Earnings – This not only covers any loss of income due to the injuries sustained in the accident but also covers the loss of any potential future income.
- Travel Expenses – Any extra travel costs that you have incurred due to the injuries sustained in the accident will be covered. These would include things like travel to hospital, extra travel arrangements, vehicle adaptions etc.
There are of course a number of reasons accidents occur whilst travelling around a bend in the road. The most common reasons are:
- When drivers travel around a bend and hit into the back of a stationary vehicle that is in a queue of traffic – drivers should anticipate possible problems like this and slow down when approaching a bend just in case there is such a problem that can’t be seen on a blind bend.
- When drivers pull out of a side road on a bend – this is because there often isn’t a clear view of oncoming traffic particularly on blind bends and so unfortunately there is a chance of hitting oncoming traffic, extra caution needs to be taken. Oncoming traffic needs to take notice of road signs so that they too can be cautious if they know there is a turning on a bend in the road.
- When drivers that unintentionally or sometimes intentionally drive onto the other side of the road into oncoming traffic that are also driving round the bend – this can often be because of the speed they are going when they go round the bend which can cause them to lose control if they take it too fast, or when they recklessly overtake on a blind bend. Although both circumstances, in this case, are completely preventable, it’s still one of the most common reasons.
The governments ‘Think’ campaign was launched to try to get drivers to be more aware of the dangers of driving on country roads and to give advice on how to prevent accidents from occurring so often. The advice given is as follows:
- Country roads are often are windy with lots of bends in the road – you should always break before a bend so that if there is an unexpected hazard in the road, you are more likely to stay in control and be travelling at a slower speed allowing you to stop in time safely.
- Country roads often have concealed entrances – hidden dips, blind summits and upcoming bends and good drivers will anticipate the possible dangers and so slow down accordingly.
- The national speed limit country lane is often 60mph – this speed should be considered as a maximum rather than a speed you have to go. Most drivers tend to drive below that in order to drive correctly and safely and drive on average at 48mph.
- Sometimes the view of the road can be reduced due to overgrown hedges, verges and bushes along the side of the road – care should be taken and speed reduced to give you a safe stopping time should you come across a hazard.
- Drivers should only overtake if they are positive they can safely do so – overtaking on a bend however, should be avoided at all costs. Drivers also have to be aware of hidden dips, bends and junctions in the road that may be hazardous. Learn to be patient.
- Always pass wide and slow – give plenty of room to more vulnerable road users such as cyclists, horse riders, joggers and walkers.
- Never think that just because you drive along a particular road often and know it well that you are immune from having an accident – being too complacent can often backfire as conditions of the road, and type/amount of traffic will change all the time.
This is one question that we cannot give an exact answer to as each and every country lane car accidents claim is different and the circumstances can vary greatly from accident to accident, also injuries sustained such as whiplash injuries can vary too in the type of injury and its severity.
However, what we can give you is an idea of the average payouts for certain injuries. The table below lists some of the more common injuries sustained in road traffic accidents and the amounts on average that have been paid in compensation.
The figures in the table below are taken from a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). These guidelines are often consulted by legal professionals when calculating the value of a general damages payment. This payment is what is awarded to the injured party to account for their physical pain and mental suffering. The JCG was last updated in 2019.
If your injury is not listed, do not worry. The JCG is very extensive in its coverage, and it’s likely your injury is listed. However, we cannot list all of them in this table. Get in touch with us directly to find out more about your specific injury or illness.
|Back||Minor - (iii) completely recovery will have been made within 3 months||Up to £2,300|
|Back||Minor (i) - Full recovery without surgery in 2 to 5 years. Higher amounts tend to be paid if some discomfort remains||£7,410 to £11,730|
|Back||Severe (iii) - fractures or lesions sustained to the discs or soft tissues - residual discomfort and/or disability||£36,390 to £65,440|
|Neck||Minor - (iii) full recovery will have taken place within a 3 month time frame||Up to £2,300|
|Neck||Severe - (iii) fractures, dislocations, extreme damage to soft tissue and tendons that can lead to permanent disability||£42,680 to £52,540|
|Shoulder||Minor - clavicle fracture, with amount toward the higher end of the bracket being awarded to those with more severe breaks||£4,830 to £11,490|
|Shoulder||Moderate - limitation of movement due to frozen shoulder for about two years||£7,410 to £11,980|
|Leg||Less serious - (ii) simple femur fracture||£8,550 to £13,210|
|Leg||Loss of both legs||£225,960 to £264,650|
|Head||Minor - brain damage will have been minimal, if it were even present at all||£2,070 to £11,980|
|Head||Moderate - (ii) things like intellect and ability to work will have been affected||£85,150 to £140,870|
|Chest||Damage to lungs that causes lasting disability||£29,380 to £51,460|
|Chest||Worst case scenarios where the lung will have been removed and the heart could have been damaged||£94,470 to £140,870|
|Mental anguish||Where the injured party expects their life to end, or severely reduced||£4,380|
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If you have been involved in an accident on the bends in the road and want to make a claim for the injuries you sustained, all you need to do is call us on 0800 073 8804. You will speak to a member of our professionally trained team who will help you in any way that they can. Any questions you may have will be answered as best and accurately as possible and we will also talk you through the claiming process so that you are aware of the procedures that need to be followed.
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Here you will find the governments ‘Think’ campaign which has some good advice.
This leads to The Highway Code so you can refresh your knowledge of the rules of using the road.
This link leads to a government site that is about driving on country lanes.
One of our guides containing general information on the subject.
Our guide to calculating how much compensation for whiplash you might claim.
This leads to our own information guide regarding car accident claims.