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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 – What is side and rear impact protection?

    Impacts and collisions

    Collisions from the side are very dangerous for the occupants of cars because there is less bodywork there to soak up the force of the impact. Most manufacturers nowadays are looking at ways to strengthen the sides and also the rear of cars, so that less damage is done inside the car if there is an accident of any kind. Most of the work being done involves stronger side posts and thicker doors involving better overlap with the pillars, but this is only part of the story. Extra air bags are often installed to help lessen the injuries caused by side on collisions.

    Accidents can happen out of the blue

    No matter how carefully you drive, a collision can happen when you least expect it, either because another driver has had a moment of inattention or because the road surface is slippery and has caused a skid. Side and rear impact protection can make a lot of difference to the outcome of this kind of accident and, of course, seat belts worn correctly also have a lot to offer. If you are in this kind of accident, you must see a medical professional as soon as possible, to check for spinal injuries.

    Accident Advice Helpline can advise you on how to proceed

    Back injuries can take a while to manifest themselves, but if the accident that caused back problems happened within the last three years, you can still make a claim. As long as the accident was someone else’s fault and you needed medical attention at the time, you will probably be eligible to claim – if you call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 one of our solicitors will be able to advise you. We have been injury compensation specialists for fourteen years and our teams are very experienced in all aspects of compensation law.

    Date Published: June 15, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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