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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

    Car Safety Guide – NCAP Awards explained


    There are many advanced safety technologies available from the automotive industry these days and many of them make a very real contribution to road safety. Many of them rely on avoiding a crash by informing, advising and alerting the driver to any dangerous situation that might be pending and so help to avoid an accident. Others actually adapt the driving of the car to help further – these involve making minute changes to the braking or speed of the car and can avoid a potentially lethal spin or skid. The NCAP Awards are made for any nominated safety system that makes a real difference to safety and each car is put through some very rigorous testing procedures before it is given the award and many fail – a NCAP Award is a very good sign that a car is significantly safer to drive, especially in hazardous conditions, than others on the market and the awards are used by careful drivers when deciding what car to buy. Previous award winners are available from the website which is easy to navigate and understand. Some of the technologies are very new and descriptions are also available from Euro NCAP.

    Making the roads safer

    Even a careful driver will have experienced a ‘near miss’ at some time in their driving career and most will accept that sometimes it is their ‘fault’. This does not mean that they are deliberately driving carelessly or without due regard for others’ safety, but simply that road conditions or other drivers’ behaviour conspire to create a dangerous situation. The more safety features that a car has on board the better, but it is still essential that all drivers follow basic safety advice about such things as not driving tired and never using mobile phones.

    Accident Advice Helpline – we’re here to help

    If you have been involved in an accident which is someone else’s fault, be it because of bad driving or something more widely culpable such as under-maintained road surfaces you may well be eligible for compensation. If you ring Accident Advice Helpline you will be put in touch with one of the many very experienced solicitors with whom we work and who will be able to assess your claim. You are under no obligation to proceed but if we do, it will be on a strictly no win, no fee* basis.

    Date Published: June 15, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.