Frontal impacts are the most common type of crash on the road but the next most frequent type is a side impact crash. When buying your vehicle, the protection provided against this type of crash can be assessed using an NCAP Car to Car Side Impact test. A mobile barrier is impacted into the driver’s door during this test at a speed of 50 km/h. The driver is represented by a crash test dummy which will give a reading of how the car performs in terms of safety. Should the car perform poorly, the dummy may give out readings of ‘weak’ or ‘poor’ in certain areas such as the legs or feet. Some other areas, such as the head, may be more protected and will therefore give readings of ‘good’, ‘adequate’ or ‘moderate’. The safety performance of the car depends on the model and the safety measures put in place for drivers’ protection. Airbags fitted into the sides of vehicles can prevent serious injuries. Although these tests are designed to help you determine the safety of a vehicle, crashes and accidents still have the potential to occur on the road.
Potential road traffic accidents
Road accidents can occur due to reckless driving, heavy road traffic, diversions and roadworks or they can occur due to unforeseen circumstances. The NCAP tests will determine how well protected your vehicle is but sometimes accidents are unavoidable and injuries may still occur. Potential injuries from a side impact crash include whiplash, head injuries and severe lacerations from broken glass. Whether you are a pedestrian, a driver or a passenger in a vehicle, you are entitled to claim for compensation if someone else was at fault for an accident on the road. Call Accident Advice Helpline for assistance.
What can Accident Advice Helpline do?
We are a law firm that has been in business since the year 2000 therefore we have helped thousands of victims of road traffic accidents that were the fault of a third party. Whether you were the driver of a vehicle or you were a passenger in a car or on public transport, you have the right to claim for compensation where there is evidence of negligence. We are free to call on 0800 689 0500 or you can take our 30-second test online to determine how successful your claim is likely to be. Provided someone else was at fault, you have evidence of negligence and your accident occurred within the last three years, we can take you step by step through the process of winning a cash compensation payout.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown