Cautious Driving on South African Roads

Matt Somers By Matt Somers, 19th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Add in the usual ingredients of unroadworthy motor vehicles and a taste for speed, and you’ll understand why it’s essential to drive cautiously and defensively on South Africa’s roads. Be aware of some of South Africa's most dangerous roads and drive safely to avoid unnecessary accidents.

It's not just drinking and driving

Drunk and reckless driving and poor law enforcement may well contribute to the vast majority of road accidents and fatalities on South African roads. An undeniable truth, however, backed up by recent statistics, is that some the country’s highways and byways are best avoided altogether.

A Spike in Road Accident Claims in South Africa

Poor visibility, difficult terrain, exceedingly high traffic volumes and badly maintained road networks all collaborate to increase the already burgeoning spike in traffic accidents - and associated road accident claims.

Add in the usual ingredients of unroadworthy motor vehicles and a taste for speed, and you’ll understand why it’s essential to drive cautiously and defensively on South Africa’s roads.

With the professional assistance of dedicated attorneys in Cape Town and other major centres, you may well be able to seek compensation via legitimate road accident claims in South Africa should you join the increasing number of road accident victims. We suggest, however, you err on the side of caution by being aware of some of the more notorious stretches of roads that claim lives on a regular basis.

South Africa’s Most Perilous Roads

According to recent road accident statistics there are a handful of particularly treacherous thoroughfares that demand elevated driving skills together with a marked decrease in speed.

The N2 between King William’s Town and Kokstad

Road works and livestock are some of the ‘wild cards’ that increase the danger on this 388 km stretch of highway that has recorded the highest number of fatal accidents in the country - 279 at an incidence of 7.65 per km!

The N1 between Sandton and Pretoria

Heavy traffic volumes and reckless driving account for 169 fatalities per annum. At a whopping incidence ratio of 48.29 accidents per km, this 35 km section of dual carriageway is by far the most hazardous in the land!

The N3 between Johannesburg and Durban

With over 3000 vehicles per hour over peak periods, almost a third of which are heavily laden trucks, together with the treacherous weather conditions and switchbacks of the Van Reenen’s Pass, the N3 recorded 934 road accidents in 2009, some of which were deadly. Be particularly vigilant on the 102 km section between Durban and Howick as 178 fatalities were recorded at an incidence of 17.45 per km!

Hospital Bend N2 Cape Town

Although there are no definitive statistics of motor vehicle accidents on Cape Town’s notorious highway junction, illegal drag racing and reckless and drunk driving, especially on wet roads, account for frequent accidents on the outbound section of the city highway!

What to do if you’re a Victim of a Road Accident

If you’re the victim of a motor vehicle accident, it’s essential you seek the professional advice of a personal injury and third party attorney immediately.

He or she will institute a road accident claim on your behalf against the Road Accident Fund for any personal injuries sustained and can claim any material damages or losses from the offending party, or his or her insurance company.

Where to Find South African Attorneys online

An effective means of sourcing experienced attorneys is online. Law firms typically provide comprehensive information on the type of litigation they specialise in and supply brief online CVs of their professional staff complement.

Cape Town attorneys with an excellent track record as personal injury specialists are DSC Attorneys, based in the Cape Town CBD. Log on to http://www.dsclaw.co.za/ for more information on the services they provide and then recruit an authority on road accident claims in Cape Town today for their advice and expertise.

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author avatar Denise O
20th May 2011 (#)

Just like most roads, there are hazards at every turn. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar James R. Coffey
21st May 2011 (#)

Good to know. Very nice presentation.

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