Accidents are not as direct as many people assert them to be. There are many contributing factors to accidents and these factors should be considered when assessing a personal injury accident. We have listed some of these factors in this post.
Numerous combined conditions can create a worse situation, such as:
- Combining cannabis and alcohol has a more serious influence on a driver’s performance than either alcohol or cannabis separately, or
- Taking doses of some drugs together, which, separately, don’t cause damage, could combine to cause lethargy or other damage. This may be more evident in an elderly individual whose kidney function is already less efficient.
Therefore there are circumstances when an individual could be impaired, yet still legally permitted to drive, and turns out to be a potential danger to themselves as well as other road users. Cyclists or pedestrians are affected likewise, and can also endanger themselves or other people when traveling.
A US study in 1985 revealed that about 34 percent of serious collisions had causative factors that relate to the roadway and/or its environment. The majority of these collisions also took in a human factor. The environmental or road factor was either observed as making an important contribution to the crash’s circumstances or didn’t permit room to recover.
In these conditions, it is typically the driver who’s liable instead of the road; those who report the accident are likely to disregard the human factors involved, like the design’s subtleties as well as maintenance and care that a driver may fail to notice or incompetently compensate for.
Studies have revealed that maintenance and careful design, with well-made road surfaces, intersections, visibility as well as traffic control strategies, can cause major improvements in accident frequencies. Moreover, individual roads have usually differing performance if an impact happens.
In Europe, there are now “EuroRAP” examinations that point out how forgiving and self-explaining a certain road, as well as its roadside, will be if a major incident occurs.
In the United Kingdom, research has revealed that investing in an infrastructure program concerning safe road may yield a one-third decrease in road causalities, saving £6 billion every year. A group of thirteen major road safety investors has created the Safe Road Design Campaign, which calls on the United Kingdom Government to make the safe road design a transport precedence.