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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

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    Car Safety Guide – How do seatbelts work?


    To understand why seatbelts are necessary and how they work, you have to consider what happens when a car stops suddenly. What happens is that the car is stopped by collision with another car or an immovable object of some kind but the loose things in the car (mainly the passengers) are not so they keep going. What the seatbelt does is absorb the inertia (what this tendency to keep moving is called) and distribute it across the bony parts of the body – the pelvis and sternum – rather than the more easily injured bits such as the abdomen and of course it also stops the head hitting anything hard such as the dash or the windscreen. Many people worry that a seatbelt extends and retracts with no difficulty if they reach forward or when putting it on so won’t work in a crash, but the lock is made so that slow, regular pressure will leave it open but a short sharp shock will lock it tight. This is why the seatbelt doesn’t simply unravel in a collision. The seatbelt will stretch slightly in any collision so it is vital they are replaced if they have been used in this way. They must also be checked frequently for fraying and rot.

    Seatbelts must be worn at all times

    Seatbelts are an essential part of car safety and wearing one in a car has been mandatory for thirty years now. It has been estimated that almost 75,000 people have been saved from death in an accident by wearing a seatbelt but even if worn, people can still be hurt in accidents. Leg injuries are common as are cuts from flying glass. Rear passengers are often lax about belting up, although the law is strict on this and often can seriously injure the person sitting in front of them in an accident if not strapped in.

    AAH has experience of injury claims

    Although every accident is different, the level of expertise in our legal partners means that most situations have been met before – we have after all been in the business for 14 years and only work with the very best when it comes to legal representation. Our patron, Esther Rantzen, is rightly proud of our record of helping people who have been hurt in accidents which were someone else’s fault and if you need to check your eligibility we have a handy 30-second test on the website.

    Date Published: June 15, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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