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Safe driving urged during wet weather

Police have urged NSW drivers to take care on wet roads after catching many motorists speeding over the weekend.

The weekend had barely started when police clocked a 24 year old man travelling at 173km/h on the M2 motorway near Baulkham Hills, at 02:24 on Saturday (June 22).

Just ten minutes later, another male driver was caught doing 100km/h in a 40km/h road works reduced speed zone on the M5 motorway near Moorebank.

“I am amazed that people will continue to travel at excessive speeds considering the inclement weather we are experiencing,” said inspector Phil Brooks, operations manager of the NSW Police Force’s Traffic and Highway Patrol.

Mr Brooks urged motorists to drive within the speed limit and to adjust their speed where necessary.

“Not only are we asking drivers to abide by the speed limits, but to also  consider the conditions. Remember it is more difficult to stop when roads are wet,” said Mr Brooks.

“By driving recklessly you are not only putting your own life at risk but every other road user.”

Wet road surfaces can increase stopping distances, meaning drivers require more roadway to come to a halt.

This can make it harder to stop in time to avoid hitting a vehicle ahead that has to suddenly brake for some reason.

Even small nose-to-tail incidents like this can lead to car accident injuries.

According to the Motor Accidents Authority (MAA), whiplash injury is the most frequently recorded injury among those making compulsory third party insurance claims in NSW.

Whiplash describes a number of neck injuries caused by a sudden jerk or jolt, and is commonly associated with rear-end vehicle collisions, though it can occur in a variety of situations.

The MAA reveals that these kinds of injuries are involved in 45 per cent of all claims, and account for around 27 per cent of the total payout costs.

Those involved in a car accident in NSW who were not at fault – or only partly at fault – may be able to make a claim for car accident compensation for injuries they suffered as a result.

Injury compensation lawyers deal with these kinds of cases every day and can provide expert advice about what is required to make a claim, and indeed whether a claim has a chance to be successful.

Some lawyers even operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning they only charge for their services if the claim is successful.

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Gerard Malouf & Partners
 — Personal Injury Compensation Lawyers

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