Road Traffic Accidents involving single track roads and agricultural vehicles

As drivers, we will undoubtedly find ourselves driving through the picturesque countryside enjoying the views away from the busy city, but we can also find ourselves in difficult situations even on the most quiet of roads………accidents don’t just take place on busy motorways and duel carriageways.

Single track roads, with tall hedgerows, no clear road markings and dangerous ditches can be off-putting and very confusing to even the most experienced of drivers. Some rural roads are poorly lit, if lit at all, so the last situation you want to find yourself in, is in a collision with another vehicle on this type of road.Adam Nowell_6 copy

Accidents are common on single track roads, particularly with agricultural vehicles that use these roads on a regular basis. It would be expected that the drivers using these roads on a day to day basis would be aware of the hazards and take more care. Whilst most will be, complacently plays a big factor in accidents. The large agriculturally vehicles found using these roads are wide, difficult to manoeuvre and can appear travelling towards you around blind corners at the blink of an eye.

So who has right of way in the event of a head on collision with one of these vehicles? Most drivers would simply exchange details and leave their insurer to deal with things, perhaps not realising that whilst there may have been some contributory negligence on your part, you are still entitled to pursue the other driver for personal injuries and uninsured losses arising out of the accident if the other driver was negligent in some way. In the absence of independent witnesses, we have been able to come to an agreement with insurers on settlement terms by way of a split in fault between each party. For example, when it is clear that both drivers have been equally to blame but have sustained injuries and out of pocket expenses such as lost earnings, care and assistance and vehicle hire charges, evenly splitting the blame between each driver means you would be entitled to pursue the other driver in order to recover some of the money you have lost as a result of the accident, which would make a considerable difference to you!

What happens if there is no collision but you are forced to take evasive action to avoid the oncoming vehicle and you find yourself off the road and in a ditch causing injuries and uninsured losses? Again, we have had success in cases where innocent drivers have been involved in accidents where they have taken evasive action due to the other driver’s negligence.

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