Car accident news
Police warn of snow-related road crash risk
The heaviest snowfall to hit the south of England for nearly twenty years has prompted police and road safety experts to call on motorists to drive safely and only when absolutely necessary in order to reduce the risk of suffering a car accident.
With conditions being described as "treacherous" and many, particularly in London, avoiding work, as well as hundreds of schools closing temporarily, it seems that this piece of car accident advice has been well-received. However, there have still been a number of reports of crashes on the South's busiest roads, including the A3 and the M5.
Chief inspector Mike Bacon, the Roads Policing Unit, comments, "Only undertake necessary journeys and keep an eye on the weather forecast. If you have to go out, take a fully charged mobile phone and emergency clothing and warm drinks. Ensure that you have plenty of fuel, and if you can, put a shovel and some matting in the boot."
There has been criticism from some quarters of the UK's inability to come to grips with the unexpectedly heavy snowfall, with unfavourable comparisons being drawn between the UK's response and those typical to other countries.
Liberal Democrat spokesman Norman Baker comments, "The lack of preparedness is astounding and damaging for the economy."
"I have travelled from Stockholm to the Arctic Circle on a train that arrived five minutes early, yet Britain lapses into chaos at the first hint of snow."
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson admitted that there were shortcomings. "This is the kind of snow we haven't seen in London in decades. We don't have the snow-ploughs that we would otherwise need to be sure of getting the roads free," he said.
It remains to be seen whether personal injury solicitors will receive an influx of car accident compensation claims for incidents occurring during this period of snow.