October 30, 2023

Warning to commuters as the clocks go back and commuters hit the ‘crash hour’ between 4-7pm

As the the clocks went back at the weekend, research from a UK insurance company revealed that if you’re driving between 16:00 – 19:00 in November you’re more likely to have an accident than you would before the dark evenings took hold.

In fact, the insurance company* analysed thousands of car insurance claims from the previous two years and found that prior to the autumn clock change, a quarter of car accidents occurred between 16:00-19:00. This increased to almost a third of all crashes (30%) in November after the clocks had changed. This equates to a 10-15% increase in accident volumes occurring within that timeframe when compared to the rest of the day.

Our advice - get prepared for the change in not only daylight hours but weather and road conditions:-

- ensure that your vehicle is winter ready (check tyres / screenwash levels / windscreen wipers)

- when travelling make sure that you leave plenty of travel time

- leave extra stopping distance between you and other vehicles- for wintery conditions

- keep a snow shovel / brush / blanket and any emergency items in your boot for the season

If you’ve suffered a personal injury due to being involved in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.

Head over to our FAQ’s page for more information:https://www.norriewaite.co.uk/personal-personal-injury/accident-claims-frequently-asked-questions-faq-solicitors-sheffield-rotherham

*Research published by Zurich