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    Esther Rantzen

    The dangers of driving a car in sandals


    Driving in sandals can be dangerous and is therefore not recommended. Here are some of the dangers of driving a car in sandals.

    The dangers of driving a car in sandals

    Open at the front and back, often loose fitting and featuring little to no tread on the soles, sandals (and flip flops) can:

    • Catch under pedals, potentially making it impossible to hit your brake effectively when needed.
    • Slip off pedals, again preventing the effective application of your brake or hitting the accelerator when meaning to use the brake.
    • Easily come off, which can cause a distraction as you are trying to retrieve them and/or put them back on.

    Also extending your brake distance (approximately 3.5 metres at speeds of 60 mph), the dangers of driving a car in sandals combine to significantly increase your risk of causing a road traffic accident.

    The law

    While driving in sandals is not illegal, the Highway code (Rule 97) states that before setting off, you must ensure that your footwear and clothing does not prevent you from using your vehicle’s controls correctly. If you have a car accident and it is judged that your footwear caused it, you could be given a fine and penalty points for driving without due care and attention. You could also be held liable for injuries sustained by other parties involved in the accident.

    Hurt in a vehicle collision

    If you were injured in an accident on the road caused by a driver wearing sandals, you could be entitled to claim for passenger or driver injury compensation.

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    What you can claim for

    A personal injury claim may include compensation for:

    • The pain and suffering your injury caused you. This includes both the physical and psychological/emotional consequences of your car crash.
    • Any financial losses your injury caused. This may include loss of earnings and/or expenses incurred by you during your recovery.

    Expenses may, for example, consist of:

    • Medical bills
    • Travel expenses
    • Cost of care
    • Repair/replacement of your vehicle
    • Repair/replacement of clothing and/or other personal property damaged in the course of the accident

    To claim for expenses and/or loss of income, you must provide relevant receipts and/or pay and bank statements.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    We can help you get the compensation your injury entitles you to. Enlist our help now by calling 0800 689 0500 from any UK landline. If you prefer to use your mobile, you should call 0333 500 0993. Our freephone helpline is obligation-free, confidential and open 24/7.

    Date Published: March 10, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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