With many more people making the decision to get behind the wheel when they are on holiday, latest statistics have shown there has been an increase in road traffic accidents abroad.
Although hiring a car when you’re away can increase your freedom to explore and see more places on your own terms, it is important you are fully prepared for driving in your holiday destination. It’s your responsibility as a driver to make sure you are fully informed and understand the rules of the road for the country you are in, and you are confident on their particular driving laws to maintain the safety of yourself and other people around you.
But what are the main concerns for UK drivers when they decided to drive abroad? The RAC have released some of the fears associated with driving abroad:
- 50% of people were afraid of being unable to read different road signs and fully understand what they mean.
- 32% were worried about language barriers.
- 47% of people were afraid of all of the different rules of the road.
- 59% of people had fears about driving on the opposite side of the road.
- 32% were scared of getting lost abroad.
Add in the fears of breaking down and needing to find assistance, as well as speaking with foreign mechanics, you can understand why lots of Brits would rather not take the plunge and drive whilst they are abroad.
But many of these problems can be resolved if you fully research the country you plan to drive in and do some homework on the rules of the road before you set off. There are also specialist driving schools in the UK that can provide lessons on driving on the opposite of the road, to get you used to the differences in driving before you are plunged in at the deep end.
The RAC also revealed that over 40% of Brits who drive abroad do not do their research before they go, and do not know the driving laws of their destination. This is a worrying statistic given the severe consequences of a road traffic accident abroad.
People need to understand that driving abroad should be undertaken with the same amount of caution and guidance as in the UK. You would never dream of going out on the road without knowing the full laws and signs back in England, so why is this any different if you are in a foreign country? If you’re planning on driving abroad, make sure you have all of the facts you need to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Claiming compensation for a road accident abroad
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a road accident abroad that wasn’t your fault, it is important that you speak to a specialist solicitor about claiming compensation. You may be able to bring a claim for compensation when you return to the UK, and your solicitor will be able to advise you on your chances of success.
To improve your chances of a successful accident abroad compensation claim you should:
- Take photographs of the accident and gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim.
- Get contact details of any witnesses to the accident who would be able to give a statement about what happened.
- Exchange contact details and details of insurance from any other people who were involved in the accident.
Freeclaim Solicitors are specialist road accident abroad compensation solicitors. We have helped our clients to claim thousands of pounds in compensation after an accident abroad, to help them to rebuild their lives and make the best recovery possible from their injuries.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a road accident abroad, speak to our expert solicitors today. All enquiries are completely free with no obligation. Call us 24 hours a day on 0800 612 7340 to start your claim today.