Published on August 5 2013

Our car accident solicitors will provide you with free no obligation advice on your claim for compensation with our No Win No Fee approach which means you won’t have to pay if your claim is unsuccessful


Car accidents can be very traumatic and can leave you with injuries including bruising, whiplash and sometimes life changing head or spinal injuries. If you have been injured in an accident on the road, then you may be entitled to claim for financial compensation.


We are committed to making sure that every one of our clients receives the right amount of compensation to help their recovery or to assure their quality of life. Our specialist personal injury claims team work quickly and considerately to ensure that you receive what you need when it comes to both care and compensation.


We have had extensive experience in car accident compensation claims. This has led to us being the solicitors of choice for a number of leading car insurers who have recommended us to their clients.


Choose Our Specialist Team for Your Compensation Claim


Whatever your injuries are, our specialist team have the knowledge and skills to help you make your claim. The team work exclusively on car accident compensation claims and they are well aware of what issues come from being involved in an accident.


Our team will speak with you about what happened, your injuries and how that is affecting you. They will also give you an idea of how much you are likely to receive for compensation. If you need advice on rehabilitation or other health issues, we are here to help. You may need physiotherapy or other medical care – our team will be able to help you gain access to it. We can also provide help when it comes to getting back to work after your accident.


If the injuries have left you with medical care needs, mobility requirements such as ramps or specialist medical treatment then we can ask for compensation to be paid to you as soon as possible. This means that you’ll be able to install what you need and gain access to the right medical care whilst your case is underway.


The types of claims that we have helped our clients to bring to a successful conclusion include:


Whiplash
Accidents involving multiple vehicles
Head and brain injury claims
Spinal injury claims
Accidents caused by hit and run drivers
Accidents caused by uninsured drivers
Accidents on public transport (trams, taxis, buses)
Car accident fatalities
Cycling accidents
Motorcycle accidents


In some cases, extra evidence needs to be sourced to support compensation claims. Under these circumstances we will often involve our in-house car accident investigation team. They will inspect the scene of the accident and will also work on gaining more witness reports in order to discover exactly what happened. Even if you are not entirely certain whether it was the fault of somebody else, call us to discuss your situation and we will advise you.


Further information about car accident compensation claims


It’s a legal requirement that every car driver has the coverage of car insurance for themselves, their vehicle, passengers plus any third parties. However, if you discover that the person who was at fault in your road accident does not have insurance or cannot even be found, then it is still possible that we could help you. The Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB) is an organization that can pay compensation in certain similar situations.


We work very hard for our clients, we want them to have the positive results that they need in order to pay for medical needs, financial losses and damaged goods. We know what you have to endure and handle when you’ve been involved in a road accident. We will do all that we can to support you throughout the entire road traffic accident compensation claim, no matter what the circumstances are.


Road and car accidents can be caused by many reasons. The most common causes are:


The vehicle was travelling too fast
The driver was not paying attention to what was going on around him/her
The driver did not brake fast enough
Not enough stopping distance was left between the vehicle and the one in front
The driver drove through traffic lights, or ignored road signs
The driver was not in complete control of their vehicle
We have successfully handled thousands of accident compensation cases


Whatever the circumstances of your accident, it is important to seek legal advice as quickly as possible after the accident. Most of our claims involve securing extra compensation for:


injuries
loss of earnings
hire car charges
excess of insurance
charges for repair of vehicle
loss in value of your car or vehicle
extra care that has to be provided by your family and friends during your recovery from injury


Why do people choose to work with us?


We offer a No Win No Fee system so that you won’t have to pay if you are unsuccessful
We will get you the maximum compensation available
We have over 35 collective years of insurance claim experience and have helped people in thousands of claims
What are the typical payouts for car accidents?


Calculate how much your claim is worth by using our claims calculator.


You can also get in touch or request a call back and one of our specialist solicitors will be able to give you an idea of what similar cases have settled for in the past.

Published on August 5 2013

Part of the attraction of cycling is the freedom it engenders in the cyclist – but with busier traffic on the UK’s roads, more cyclists are being seriously injured or killed.


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common occurrence in cyclists who are knocked from their bikes or fall under the wheels of heavy traffic.


Some cycling experts dispute the extent of the protection offered by safety helmets for cyclists, as head contact at speed in heavy traffic can break the protective inner lining which is the main defence for the head and brain.


In the US, cycling accidents constitute the main reason for people visiting A&E departments for treatment, with 89,389 cyclists being treated in US emergency rooms in 2009.


The American Association of Neurological Surgeons also points out that cycling accidents in the US are also the main source of injury among children aged 14 years and under, so some form of head protection seems an inevitable step in the fight against TBI among cyclists and children.


For many, wearing a cycling helmet can still feel like an imposition, but modern designs and colours can help turn a safety necessity into a fashion statement young cyclists will want to be seen in.


However, cycle helmets are only designed to protect against impacts if a cyclist is travelling at around 12mph and suffers a fall of around 1m onto a stationary surface – whereas many cyclists who are injured or killed on the UK’s roads are knocked from their bicycles in heavy traffic by other road users who simply failed to see them. Often the cyclist is dragged along or under a vehicle – and whereas wearing a helmet is undoubtedly better than not wearing a helmet, a safety helmet versus an HGV often turns out to be no contest in favour of the HGV.


Cyclists who suffer a head impact in a cycle accident are more than likely to sustain some form of concussion – and concussion can be mild, moderate or severe.


Even a mild concussion can result in more serious symptoms if a blood clot forms and is undetected – and a subdural haematoma (the medical name for a blood clot under the skull) can be potentially fatal or leave a patient with serious disability if not diagnosed and treated.


The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute has estimated than on average a cyclist may be involved in a road accident for around every 4,500 miles they cycle – and this may seem like favourable odds for avoiding an accident. However, some cyclists may set off with only a few miles under their belt and take a tumble – and even Sir Bradley Wiggins, the UK’s current cycling hero – has been hospitalised after being involved in an RTA (road traffic accident) within months of winning the Tour de France and showing off his cycling prowess at the 2012 Olympics.


Choosing a safety helmet which is comfortable and fits well is paramount, as a poorly fitting helmet may not offer adequate protection.


It is also important to choose the best cycling helmet you can afford – and be wary of secondhand cycle helmets in case they have been involved in an accident and the protective lining has been damaged.


Making sure you can see around you is also crucial for cyclists – especially if you ride in heavy traffic. Even country roads can be death traps for cyclists, as many road users think that rural areas afford the chance to “open up” their vehicle’s engine and go for broke, ignoring junctions, stop signs, narrow lanes and warnings about bends ahead, or cattle or farm vehicles on the road.


Flyaway hair should be firmly held in place while cycling – and protective glasses should not obscure or distort your vision.


The correct fit of a safety helmet for cyclists is also vital – and it is as well to get your headgear fitted professionally, as cycle dealers will know how the fit can affect protection. Cyclists should make sure they choose a helmet which protects as much of their head as possible, rather than opting for a cycle helmet which looks good but offers less protection.


Chin straps should also be firmly adjusted and comfortable – and it can take a while to find the right fitting which does not distract you from the road ahead by chafing.


In the UK, Department for Transport (DfT) statistics have shown that cycle deaths and injuries tend to rise during an economic recession – as they did in the 1930s, when road users switched to cycles away from more costly motor vehicles.


Deaths and injuries among children using cycles have recently declined, but some think this may be because fewer children use cycles these days than in previous generations.


Whatever the statistics suggest about cycle accidents, if you are going to suffer a head impact in a cycle accident, it is far better to be wearing a properly fitting safety helmet which protects as much of your cranium as possible – than offer up your unprotected skull to the mercy of a juggernaut in the rush hour, however cool cycling without a helmet might seem.

Published on May 10 2013

Most common causes of motorcycle accidents in the UK

Motorcycles have a bad boy image, but riding a motorcycle involves a huge degree of skill and experience – which is perhaps why so many youngsters come to grief when they get in the saddle without taking a motorcycle driving course first.

 

Wearing a protective helmet is now law in the UK – but some bikers on private property may still prefer the wind in their hair and quad bikers also may think wearing headgear is not necessary, let alone cool. However, head injuries from motorcycle accidents or quad bike accidents are often catastrophic, simply because of the speed and velocity of the impact – and the fact that motorcyclists can easily be dragged under either their own vehicle or another.

 

Buying secondhand helmets when you first start riding your motorbike is also not advisable as the protective inner lining may be damaged if the helmet has been involved in a motorcycle crash.

 

The media is sadly full of tragic headlines about injuries to motorcyclists which quite often are the result of other drivers not seeing them, especially at junctions or when cornering in busy traffic.

 

Only around 10-15 of motorcycle accidents are likely to be the result of the rider losing control – despite the image bikers may have. Unlike motorists, bikers are not likely to be using mobile phones while they ride and usually concentrate more on the road ahead than other road users. The government’s road safety campaign THINK! has identified the fact that injuries to motorcyclists are “disproportionate” to the number of bikers on UK roads. In fact, 30 motorcyclists are likely to be killed or injured at junctions on Britain’s roads every day, according to government figures.

 

Motorcyclists are also 75 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in fatal or serious road traffic accidents (RTAs), compared with motorists.

 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has produced statistics which show that the five most common motorcycle accidents are:

  • collision at a road junction
  • collision overtaking another vehicle
  • failing to negotiate lefthand bend on country road
  • failing to negotiate righthand bend on country road
  • losing control of the bike.

 

Many bikers like to get out into the open roads of the countryside – but country roads can be lethal if bikers are not familiar with them. Tractors, livestock, walkers and Sunday drivers can all get in the way of that ride of your life along a quiet country lane.

 

Country roads are also lethal for overtaking – that is when a biker is most likely to come face-to-face with a truck coming in the opposite direction along a lane with nowhere to pull into.

 

Bends on country are also potentially a death wish at speed – rural roads can be poorly maintained and slippery with mud, puddles or even excrement from livestock or oil from farm plant like combine harvesters, which is when a biker is most likely to lose control of the machine, and this can happen to even the most experienced motorcyclist on a slippery surface.

 

Both urban and country roads share some of the same dangers for motorbikes – and it is not always the biker’s fault. Motorists failing to look properly at junctions is common in town and countryside – and rear-shunts between vehicles can cause enough damage to a car and its driver, let alone a motorcyclist without the protection of a car chassis round them.

 

In 2011 alone, 362 motorcyclists died and 5,247 were seriously injured in RTAs on Britain’s roads – although this represents a drop in numbers from 2008, when 493 were killed and 5,556 were seriously injured.

 

More information about road safety for motorcyclists and tips to help car drivers be more aware of them on the road are available at the government website THINK!

 

Published on April 23 2013

Wearing effective head protection is a given for bikers – despite the image of freewheeling through life that motorcycling sometimes exudes, most motorcyclists are extremely safety conscious and invest in the best equipment. Young riders may be tempted to economise on safety gear for biking, but the best safety helmets do not necessarily have to cost a fortune.

 

The UK government has introduced ratings for motorcycle helmets to ensure that there is a minimum standard of protection offered. The Department for Transport’s (DoT) Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme is operated as the SHARP scheme, which tests helmets for fit and also rates them on safety. New helmets are added to the SHARP website daily, so it is easy to check out the best motorcycle helmets around.

 

The DoT estimates that if motorcyclists chose the safest helmets, 50 lives could be saved every year. Many helmets are now made from lightweight materials such as polycarbonate – and have foam or other shock absorbent materials lining the helmet to cushion the impact of any head injuries during a crash.

 

The sort of safety features you need to look for when buying a motorcycle helmet include:

 

Full face protection – best to protect the face from grit, dust and rain or snow while riding, as well as essential to prevent critical head/brain injuries in an impact

 

Chin strap – needs to fit firmly but comfortably and allow for movement without chafing or cutting in

 

Shell – the best motorcycle helmets will have multiple shells to cushion any impact – never buy a second hand helmet in case it has been in an accident and the inner shell has been damaged

 

Padding – a motorcycle helmet needs to be comfortable and offer protection to the sides of the head as well as the crown

 

Liners – look for removable liners as these will get hot and sticky quickly and harbour bacteria

 

Visor – look for quick release mechanisms so you can get the helmet off in the event of an accident – or so that the emergency services can release it quickly. Visors should also offer a wide range of vision and be anti-scratch and anti-fog.

 

Here are five of the best motorcycle helmets around to suit all budgets, as tried and tested by SHARP.

 

AGV GP Tech – 5 Stars

The AGV GP Tech is a full-face helmet with a high design spec, boasting a fluorescent retro pattern to improve visibility on the road, and Carbon Kevlar construction. The price reflects all the features included, such as an anti-fog and anti-scratch visor with quick release mechanism, multipoint ventilation and Double D Ring retention system, removable cheek pads and liners. Saving up for the AGV GP Tech could just save your life.

 

BMW System 5 – 5 Stars

The BMW System 5 takes motorcycle headgear a stage further and adds Bluetooth capability (optional), so is perfect for despatch riders or those who want to stay in touch. This is a meatier helmet weighing in at 1.76kg, but offers excellent protection with an anti-fog and scratch visor, multiple point air ventilation, removable cheek pads and liner and composite fibre construction. The retention system uses micrometric adjustment. The BMW System 5 has a classic, aerodynamic design with smooth lines – perfect if you have a box of Milk Tray awaiting delivery this Valentine’s Day.

 

Arai GP5X – 5 Stars

The Arai GP5X will appeal to those who like a racer-style helmet and the Arai GP5X incorporates a world of safety features in a lightweight helmet (1.30kg) which almost looks too cool for school. The Arai GP5X has Double D Ring retention in a composite fibre helmet with multiple shells, and removable cheek pads and liner. The anti fog visor also makes this good looking helmet practical, too.

 

Caberg V2R – 5 Stars

The Caberg V2R motorcycle helmet offers reasonably priced, superior protection and a myriad of features, including quick buckle release, anti fog and anti scratch visor, multiple ventilation points and multiple shells, plus removable cheek pads and liner. The Caberg V2R is also available in sizes XXS to XXL – and its classic racer style with Chevron trim make it not only pretty safe but pretty stylish, too. Perfect for super heroes of the road, regardless of their head size.

 

MT Revenge – 5 Stars

The MT Revenge gets 5 stars for its name alone, but is also a lightweight helmet offering full face protection and costs just £64.99. The helmet has an anti-scratch visor and multiple shells, as well as multipoint ventilation to help keep your head cool.

 

Bike safety is extremely important and having a high quality helment will help prevent Brain Injury Related Bike Accidents and Cases. if you do find yourself a frequent bike rider, check out one of the helmets above.