Hundreds of drivers across the region could be at risk of endangering road users or pedestrians because they do not understand the latest major changes to the Highway Code.
Dashcam experts Nextbase found that out of 2,000 surveyed drivers, 70% did not understand the latest driving rules introduced in January 2022, increasing their risk of collisions or driving penalties.
The major changes are based around a hierarchy of road users which prioritises the most vulnerable. It gives a greater responsibility to heavier or quicker motorists to decrease the risk of motor accidents.
Other changes include giving priority to pedestrians crossing at junctions, leaving at least one and a half metres distance when overtaking cyclists and giving priority to cyclists at roundabouts.
Sarah Hallet ,from our Criminal Defence team has warned motorists that failing to understand or not being aware of the new rules cannot act as defence in court, should they be involved in a car accident.
Churchers Associate Sarah Hallett added: “We are urging people to acknowledge the changes to the Highway Code and to understand them. It is very concerning that out of the surveyed motorists, 70% of people did not understand the changes.
“The changes have been put in place to protect the most vulnerable. Those who ignore or fail to acknowledge them could face serious consequences if they’re involved in a collision. If a motorist was responsible for an accident and said they were not aware or did understand the changes, this could not act as defence in court and they could still face driving penalties. Therefore to protect all road users we are urging all motorists to get up to speed with the latest changes.”
As part of the Government’s THINK! Campaign it will be raising awareness of the changes and motorists responsibilities.
For more information about how Churchers Solicitors can support you if you have been involved in a car accident, get in touch with our Road Traffic Defence team on 0239 2820 747.