What Can Cause a Road Traffic Accident?

As is common knowledge, a road traffic accident can have dire consequences for those involved.

In a report from the PSNI in 2018, there were 5,749 recorded injury collisions in Northern Ireland – many of which could have been avoided with greater caution and consideration for other drivers. In this post, M.I.S. Claims gives the most common causes of road traffic accidents to help you avoid collisions whilst behind the wheel

Distracted driving

Inattention or diverted attention whilst driving is the most common cause of a road traffic accident. There were 962 reported collisions as a result of driver distraction in 2018. Typical distractions whilst driving include talking on a mobile phone, sending text messages or eating and drinking behind the wheel.


Number two on the list of road traffic accident causes is tailgating or driving too close to cars in front. The danger of tailgating is that it leaves drivers with less of a chance to manoeuvre if the car in front should break suddenly to avoid pedestrians, animals and so on. Last year, there were 788 collisions recorded as a result of tailgating – a number which could be significantly reduced by leaving adequate stopping distance between travelling vehicles.

Reckless driving

There are many factors which contribute to reckless driving, including emerging from minor roads without care, turning right without care, driving in the wrong position and driving at excessive speeds. Remember, erratic driving puts both your life and the lives of others in danger, so precautions must be taken.

Driving under the influence

Drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol contributed to 276 road traffic accidents last year. Substances affect drivers’ normal bodily functions which are crucial to coping with the demands of the road. You should always use designated drivers, public transport or walking as a means to mitigate the risk of driving whilst under the influence. It’s never ok to drink or take drugs and drive.

Involved in a road traffic accident? Contact M.I.S Claims

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, don’t worry. M.I.S. Claims are here to help. We’re the market leader in road traffic accident management services, recording over 740,000 accidents in our 25 years of trading.

Our road traffic accident management services include:

  • Vehicle Recovery throughout Northern and Southern Ireland
  • Vehicle Repairs throughout Northern and Southern Ireland
  • Replacement Vehicle Provision
  • Legal Representation

We’re available to help 24/7, 365 days a year. Give us a call on 028 9048 4484 or email claims@misclaims.com.

MIS Claims are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

What to do in an Accident?

Unsure about what to do in an accident? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Many people feel as though they will never be involved in a collision, leaving them unprepared for the unexpected. In this post, M.I.S. Claims highlights exactly what to do in an accident, including what to do in the immediate aftermath, what information to collect and more. Read through carefully so that you’re better equipped to cope with any road traffic collisions that may occur in the future.

What to do in an accident: Immediate aftermath

Listed below are important guidelines for ensuring the safety of you, your passengers and other vehicles immediately following a road traffic collision:

  • Stop the vehicle in a secure location as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Turn off the engine and switch the hazard lights on.
  • Check yourself and your passengers for injuries.
  • If anyone is injured or the road is blocked, call the police and ambulance immediately.
  • Take photos of accident and vehicles involved before moving the vehicles.

What to do in an accident: Exchange details

Listed below is the key information that you must exchange with the driver(s) of the other vehicle(s) involved in the collision:

  • Share your name and address with everyone involved.
  • Exchange insurance details with the other driver(s)
  • Exchange details with other passengers and witnesses of the collision.
  • Distinguish whether or not the other driver(s) is the registered owner(s) of the vehicles involved. If not, gather the details of the registered owner.

What to do in an accident: Collect information

Listed below is the crucial information that you must collect following a road traffic accident:

  • The details of all vehicles involved in the collision, including the make, model, colour and registration number.
  • The date and time of the accident.
  • The conditions, i.e. the weather, the road surface etc.
  • Specific vehicle damage information, i.e. broken headlights – use your phone to take pictures of the scene.
  • Any injuries suffered by the drivers and passengers.
  • Witness name and contact details.

What to do in an accident: Who to call after a non-fault collision

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, M.I.S Claims are on hand to help. We are a market leader in accident management services in both Northern and Southern Ireland, with over 740,000 recorded accidents in our 25 years of business.

Our expert claims handlers take care of everything in regards to making a claim following a road traffic accident, giving you peace of mind. Plus, they’re insurance trained and qualified to give you the best advice tailored to your individual situation.

Let us be your first point of contact following a non-fault collision – our claim line is open 24/7, 365 days a year! Call us on 028 9048 4484 or email claims@misclaims.com.

MIS are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

Jasmine – The Easter Bunny of Belfast

9 Year old Jasmine is HOPPING into the Easter Bunny’s shoes this year and collecting Easter Eggs for children in hospitals across Northern Ireland. 

We were delighted to be a drop off point at our MIS Claims office for anyone in the Dundonald & surrounding areas.

Jasmine popped in today to collect the Eggs that we managed to gather for her. The grand total for us was….40 eggs!!

Jasmine is still collecting Easter Eggs from all over Northern Ireland to donate to the Children on 17th April. There is still time to help her out if you can.

Well done Jasmine, we are all rooting for you!

MIS Claims would like to wish a Massive Congratulations to Greenisland FC!

MIS Claims would like to wish Greenisland FC 2nds massive congratulations on becoming the Northern Amateur Football League 3D Champions!

Greenisland FC, through hard work, dedication and commitment have successfully achieved three promotions in the last 3 successive years, which I’m sure you’ll agree is quite an achievement.

This win is a testament to the great overall team effort from all the guys who have managed to rack up a total of 107 goals over 21 league games this season, with a match still to go against Ballywalter FC.  We’re sure Lee McCartney is extremely proud of everything both he and the team have achieved to date.

MIS Claims have been a dedicated sponsor of Greenisland FC Seniors for 3 years and we look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.

MIS Claims look forward to visiting Greenisland FC’s new 4G pitch which is due to be unveiled shortly, perhaps we can try it out with a friendly MIS Claims -v- Greenisland FC Match!!

Enjoy your Celebrations guys, massive congratulations again,


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