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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Big freeze claims accident victims

    By David Brown on April 16, 2013

    Big freeze claims accident victims

    Snowing and Blowing

    Britain is experiencing the coldest March for 50 years, claims accident, traffic and weather experts. Certainly we have witnessed spectacular footage of the snowbound landscapes Scotland, the North and the Midlands. Wales, as always has been badly hit with up to 3 metres of snow in parts. The high banks are caused when blizzard-force winds drive the snow up against a barrier, creating a traffic hazard that claims accident victims more than any other, in such conditions. Sometimes the snow-ploughs work in vain to clear traffic lanes only to have the same winds blow the snow right back again.

    Fast Freeze

    This late bout of bad weather is especially lethal because it fell so hard and fast. One man in Sunderland died when he tried to walk home across snowy fields after a night out. Hypothermia is a real risk in conditions such as these and claims accident victims unawares. Yet again, not only did motorists spend the night in their cars, but were buried under snow drifts that caused the rescue services extra headaches in trying to establish which cars had people in them.

    Black Out

    As if the cold is not bad enough, tens of thousands of homes are without electricity in the north of the country and in Northern Ireland, because high winds and drifting snow have broken power lines. The continuing bad weather is hampering repair.

    Give us a break

    According to the weather forecasters, the freeze could continue for anything from another ten days to three weeks.  This weather is coming in on north-easterly winds which always bring cold and snow. Spring looks like a distant dream.

    Travel conditions

    Travel conditions are hazardous for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike. If you can cancel or postpone your journey, all the better, to reduce the number of claims accident and injury instances which are bound to occur during weather like this. If you have been injured in a traffic accident and it was not your fault, contact Accident Advice Helpline and see how much your claim could be worth.

    Source: Daily Mail

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    Date Published: April 16, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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