In October of last year, a Toyota Prius mounted the pavement outside the Natural History Museum and seriously injured 11 people, nine of which required hospitalisation. Last week, a black Audi killed three young London pedestrians on impact. And, this weekend, a similar incident in Aberdeen saw two elderly pedestrians in a serious condition.
In truth, drivers mounting pavements is nothing new. A quick search will reveal that there have been tragic cases like these in and out of the media. But, there’s no getting around the fact that the last six months have seen a string of incidents like these. The frequency with which these accidents are happening leaves us wondering what exactly is going wrong? This is especially true for drivers, who are now fearful of making the same mistakes.
In truth, circumstances seem to be different each time. Though, one common factor in each case is that dangerous driving plays at least some part. With that in mind, consider the following points to ensure you don’t make the same mistakes.
Stick to the speed limit
Everything in these cases points to the fact that the drivers were going above the speed limit. Speed certainly looks to be a factor in the London deaths. Even with the Natural History Museum incident, onlookers reported the driver ‘losing control’. Yet, a vehicle driving at the right speed should be easy to control. Certainly, it’s unlike you’d kill on impact when sticking to the speed limit. So, take note, and watch your speed when on the road. Rest assured that, if you do have an accident like these while driving over the limit, you won’t stand a chance against car accident lawyers. What’s worse, causing harm to pedestrians could leave you open to all manner of legal proceedings, including jail time.
Take care on corners
Where the three deaths are concerned, the incident took place on a corner. We all know those blind turnings which are difficult to manoeuvre. If you have a blind spot on a corner, it can become a real risk area. But, that shouldn’t lead to an accident like this if you take care. You certainly shouldn’t take a corner at speed, which looks to be what happened. Go too fast, and it’s all too easy to lose control of your vehicle. When that happens, mounting the pavement is increasingly likely.
One thing all three incidents can teach us is the importance of paying attention while driving. This should go without saying. Yet, a shocking amount of drivers still succumb to distractions of varying kinds. And, if you’re not looking at the road, you’re much more at risk of mounting a pavement. Even if you take care of your speed, this could result in some severe injuries. Don’t let it happen. Always keep your eyes on the road, and keep distractions to a minimum. It’s the best way to ensure you’re a safe driver. Otherwise, you could inadvertently ruin your life, and that of others.