Latest statistics analysed by CompareNI show that the leading cause of road collisions in Northern Ireland during 2022/23 was driver distraction or inattention. The alarming number of collisions warrant a deep investigation into this growing problem.
Distracting Driving is a serious problem across Northern Ireland
Among the principal causation factors for injury road traffic collisions during this period, ‘inattention or attention diverted’ ranked first, accounting for 880 collisions. This was followed by ‘driving too close’ with 580 collisions and ’emerging from a minor road without care’ with 393 collisions.
Belfast topped the list with 215 distracted driving incidents. Other areas with significant numbers were Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (100), Derry City and Strabane (97), and Newry, Mourne, and Down (73). Clearly this is an issue impacting both urban and rural roads across Northern Ireland.
While having pets, children or eating in the car may seem minor, they can draw focus away from the critical task of navigating safely. It’s all too easy for a momentary lapse to result in an accident. Drivers must prepare themselves and their vehicle properly before setting off to minimize distractions.
How Paschal O’Hare can help accident victims
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be eligible for compensation. Paschal O’Hare Personal Injury Solicitors have over 50 years of experience assisting victims of accidents that weren’t their fault.
As a trusted firm based in Northern Ireland, we have helped thousands of drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and more to receive what they deserve. Our experts understand how devastating injuries can be both physically and financially. We are committed to getting your life back on track.
We will vigorously represent your claim, working to prove the negligent party was at fault. We’ll fight tirelessly to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries, loss of earnings, and any other expenses related to the accident. If an insurance settlement can’t be agreed, we will prepare your case and argue it strongly in court. Don’t suffer in silence after an accident. Contact Paschal O’Hare Personal Injury Solicitors today for a free consultation about pursuing compensation you deserve. Our solicitors in Belfast, Glengormley, and Carrickfergus are here to guide you through the legal process with care, strategy and experience.