Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sponsored blog post: The relationship between speed and road accidents

The relationship between the relative speeds of vehicles in a road traffic accident has long been known about, but until recently, little analysis of the probability of being killed. In 2009 the Department for Transport released a report looking at the relationship between speed and the severity of injuries suffered by car drivers. This report used data collected by two-long running studies in the UK covering accidents in the period from 1983 to the present day. After analysing the data and calculating the delta-v (a measurement of the change in speed of a vehicle immediately before and just after a crash) the results were grouped according to the seriousness of the injuries suffered by the driver. From this data, the report revealed some shocking statistics relating to the likelihood of being killed in a collision at speed.
It was estimated that in a frontal impact with a delta-v of 30mph, 3% of drivers would be killed. Increasing the delta-v increased the percentage of drivers likely to be killed, with a shocking 92% of drivers being killed, when in a head-on collision where their vehicle slows by 60 mph. In side on collisions the statistics were even more dramatic at comparatively moderate speeds, although the number of side impact crashes reported in the survey was much lower than the number of head-on collisions. The graph for side impact crashes revealed that around 90% of drivers would lose their lives if involved in a side-impact crash where the delta-v was 40 mph. This is probably due to the much reduced impact protection in the sides of modern vehicles when compared with protection from head on and rear end crashes.
Accident claims following high speed car accidents
According to the latest research then, in a high speed car accident, there is a depressingly high likelihood that a motorist will suffer a very serious injury. Victims of high speed accidents will often be left with very serious injuries; injuries that in some cases might leave them needing round-the-clock medical care. This care might be needed for weeks, months, years, or even for the rest of the victim’s life. Providing specialist care for a family member after a high speed accident can place a considerable financial burden on the rest of the family. Making an accident compensation claim could cover the costs associated with post-accident care as well as providing money to adapt the victim’s home to accommodate their reduced mobility. Camps Solicitors treat the victims of high speed car accidents with dignity and respect, helping thousands of people each year to make an accident claim for their injuries, to find out more, call Camps now on 0800 092 8586.
Author: Neil Worrall

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