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    Car Safety Guide – What is the NCAP Pole Side Impact Test?


    Car Safety Guide – What is the NCAP Pole Side Impact Test?

    Car safety tests from the NCAP are designed to encourage car manufacturers to put certain safety devices into the vehicles they sell. The safety devices already in the vehicle are tested for efficacy during these tests and recommendations may be made to the manufacturer regarding any other safety devices that could be added to prevent or reduce potential injuries from crashes. The NCAP Pole Side Impact test is designed to test these safety devices should a vehicle make a side impact with an immovable object such as a pole or a tree. During the test the vehicle is moved sideways into a narrow pole at a speed of 18mph. In a real situation, a driver may suffer very severe head injuries from this kind of impact therefore, this test is essential to provide an indication of where airbags and protection is needed. The test can provide manufacturers with advice but, unfortunately, road accidents still have the potential to occur, particularly during busy traffic times or during bad weather.

    Potential crash injuries and accidents

    Each vehicle will perform differently on the test depending on what safety precautions the manufacturers have taken to prevent injury during a crash. Crashes like this can often be caused by poor driving, speeding, slippery roads or impact by another vehicle meaning that injuries could still be sustained. Whiplash is common in an accident like this but drivers could still sustain head injuries if the vehicle is not well-maintained. If another car has impacted and you crashed into a tree or pole, then you may have a claim for compensation provided there is evidence of negligence on the part of the other driver. A compensation claims company like Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with this.

    Making a road traffic compensation claim

    If you have had an accident on the road that was the fault of someone else, then Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a compensation claim to the party at fault. If you were on public transport and have evidence of negligence then we can help you win a cash payout. Even if you were the driver of your vehicle and someone else caused an accident on the road, we can help you win some injury compensation. Our number is free to call at any time of day and we operate under a no win, no fee* policy so you will not have to pay anything upfront for our advice on your case.

    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.

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