Motorists have been warned of reckless driving in dangerous winter weather following a multi-car pile up on the A92.
16 cars were involved in a pile up in merely half of mile of road, with reckless driving in the low winter sun being cited as the main reason for the accident which saw four people require hospital treatment.
Following the collision of two cars, 14 cars failed to stop in time, resulting in bumper-to-bumper collisions.
Drivers involved around the time of the accident stated that the low sun was causing visibility problems, with Police Scotland urging drivers to proceed with caution when driving at high speeds even if they believed weather conditions were fine.
Although the sun and lack of visibility played some part in the incident. Police Scotland believed other factors contributed to the accident.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Weather is often blamed for causing accidents, but the real cause is often inappropriate driving for the conditions that exist.
"Reduced daylight hours and the possibility of inclement weather place additional demands on all road users.
"Low sun can make it difficult to see and a dirty, greasy or damaged windscreen can make this worse.
"Reduce your speed, keep your distance from the vehicle in front and prepare for driving by keeping your vehicle well maintained before you take to the road."
The incident took place around rush hour. Despite no injuries resulting in a fatality, one driver suffered serious head injuries.
Head injuries are one of the most severe injuries seen in the UK, and can occur at anytime through road traffic accidents, slips, trips and falls, or suffering a blow to the head. If you are involved in an accident that results in a blow to the head, it is vital to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. This will ensure that your injuries are tended too, and that there is no lasting damage, as well as verifying the validity of your claim.
Head injuries can lead to permanent brain damage, a fractured skull, serious concussion, permanent disability and even death. Due to the nature of an injury close to a vital organ you may be entitled to more compensation than other types of injuries. A brain injury, or head injury case can be exceptionally complex and an experienced, professional lawyer can make all the difference in obtaining the maximum amount of compensation possible.
The incident on the A92 resulted in a pile up, with numerous cars suffering bumper-to-bumper collisions, one of the main causes of whiplash.
Whiplash injuries are one of the most common types of injuries in the UK with even minor road traffic accidents often resulting in whiplash injuries. Whiplash occurs as a result of a fast, unexpected movement of the neck, overstretching and straining tendons and ligaments. Although it is very uncommon for whiplash to cause lasting damage, it is still a serious injury. Whiplash can seriously limit the movement of the neck and head and lead to issues sleeping and a potential loss of income due to victims’ inability to move or work.
Whilst many belittle whiplash, at Lawford Kidd we understand that the injury can affect people in numerous ways. Whether it be an inability to carry out the simplest task, or attend work, we know the impact it can have. We believe that regardless of circumstances, if you were involved in an accident that was a result of negligence from another party, you have the right to obtain damages, and hold said party to account for their actions.
Whiplash can take 6-12 hours to detect, therefore if you believe you have sustained a whiplash injury, we urge you to seek advice from a medical advisor. Often whiplash claims are belittled due to fraudulent claims regarding whiplash injuries. Bogus whiplash claims are being clamped down on, but sadly remain one of the more common types of personal injury fraud. Therefore our team of solicitors may encourage you to seek a medical examination. If you have medical proof of your injury, it is easier for our team of solicitors to build a strong case.
We understand that if you have the misfortune of being involved in a road traffic accident, it can be a very stressful and emotional time. Vehicle accidents can result in serious injury, emotional traumas and a genuine fear of driving. We understand the difficulties surrounding an accident on the road, and our team of experienced lawyers look to take care of the vast majority of proceedings in order to get the compensation you deserve.
It is important that when you are involved in an accident, you take note of as many details as possible. Our team will need to know the extent of your injuries, where, when and how the accident happened, as well as the main cause of the accident. Our solicitors may also require any insurance details and the contact details of witnesses in order to further back up your claim.
If you are involved in an accident you should take note of the other driver’s car type, registration, contact number and insurance details. If you are wary of the details, double check them at the scene in order to confirm they are accurate.
Sadly millions of drivers remain uninsured in the UK, however if you are hit by an uninsured driver you can still make a personal injury claim. We advise that if you are hit by an uninsured vehicle or a stolen vehicle you should contact the police.
Our team of dedicated personal injury solicitors can help you obtain the compensation you are rightfully entitled to in the event of an accident. We understand that weather conditions, reckless driving and negligence can result in injuries that are not your fault. Get in touch today either through our online contact form, or by calling us on 0808 271 7614 to get your claim underway.