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    Worst Case Scenarios: No handbrake applied in clifftop resort?

    Worst Case Scenarios: No handbrake applied in clifftop resort?

    Being forgetful and forgetting to apply the handbrake of your vehicle when parking on the often steep roads of clifftop resorts can have all sorts of consequences.

    Possible outcomes

    Depending on the circumstances and, of course the location of the ‘runaway’ car to begin with, the outcome of forgetting to apply the handbrake may be minor if the car just rolls gently into a car parked behind it. If the road is clear and long, however, the car could easily gather speed as it is rolling downhill. Should it hit a wall at the bottom, it could mean a hefty repair bill not only for the vehicle, but also for the wall.

    Worst case scenario

    A far more dangerous outcome would be the vehicle having to cross another road on its descent and causing a vehicle collision. A vehicle hurtling down a road at uncontrolled speeds and then crashing into the side of another car could cause serious, if not fatal injuries to the driver and passengers of that car. The force of impact in such a motoring accident could throw the cars involved into the path of other vehicles and cause a multi-vehicle crash or catapult your car or those of others over the edge of the cliff. The only way this kind of nightmare could possibly be worse is if you not only forgot to apply your handbrake, but also left your children in the back seat.

    Preventing life-long nightmares

    The best way to prevent this kind of potentially lethal road traffic accident is to make sure your handbrake is applied after every journey, regardless of whether you happen to be on a level road or an incline. By making it a rule never to leave the car without putting the brake on first, you can make it far less likely that you will ever forget to do it. Considering the possible consequences of road accidents caused by runaway cars, doing this is well worth the effort.

    Claiming ‘forgetfulness’ compensation

    If you suffered a driver or passenger injury in a vehicle accident caused by a runaway car, you may be eligible to make a car accident claim. Having dealt with cases similar to yours for many years, Accident Advice Helpline’s nationwide legal team can help you efficiently, quickly and effectively to get as much compensation for your personal injury as possible. Calls to this law firm’s advice line are free, confidential and answered 24/7 by helpful, friendly advisors.

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    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice


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