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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 – What are Pre-Crash Systems?


    Pre-Crash Systems go by various different names depending on the motor manufacturer but they all essentially do the same job, which is to prepare the car and its occupants for maximum safety in the event of a crash. Unlike various other safety measures which control braking, steering and speed, pre-crash systems monitor for different parameters, such as driver behaviour, traffic conditions and road surface and if the computer calculates that a crash is imminent the car’s internal environment is adjusted in a few seconds to better prepare passengers to withstand a crash. Seat belt tensions are adjusted, seat positions are optimised and windows are closed to prevent someone being accidentally flung out. Although it sounds rather science fiction, Pre-Crash Systems are present in several different makes of car and not just the top end – they are found from Skoda to Mercedes. They are a relatively recent innovation and of course don’t prevent crashes as such, although they do minimise injuries if the car is in a collision. Many people tend to drive with slack belts, for example, so having them optimised in the event of a crash can make a big difference to the outcome.

    Make sure you are sitting comfortably

    It is the law to have a seat belt on whilst the car is in motion but it is also very important to make sure that it is fitted properly. Driving with the belt clipped with something to keep it slack is very foolish as it can prevent it doing its work in the event of an accident. Parameters are very narrow in the few seconds from collision to someone hurtling through a windscreen, so there is no time to react – being ‘belted up’ correctly is the only safe way to travel.

    Come to AAH for timely help with your compensation claim

    When you have had an accident, you will probably find you have problems such as loss of earnings or extra outlay if you are unable to get around easily. This is not the time to be worrying about money, so the quicker you get any claim for compensation underway the better. Accident Advice Helpline will discuss your situation with you when you call and will begin the process of claiming as soon as all the details are available, so you can get on with your life without financial worries.

    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.

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