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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

    Most common seatbelt excuses: "I’m a safe, careful driver"


    Road traffic accidents seem to very common in this era. With more and more cars on the roads, there are more drivers not applying sufficient levels of care, thus causing a road traffic accident which can cause some potentially serious driver and passenger injuries.

    What are the most common causes of driver injuries?

    There are several causes of driver injury. Firstly, you have the factors that can’t always be helped such as the quality and condition of the car. For example, with older or poorly-maintained vehicles, the reaction of the brakes when they are needed the most to bring the car to a sudden halt may be unpredictable. Then you have the causes of driver injury which can easily be prevented, and the main cause for driver injury is often when the driver is not wearing a seatbelt.

    Why would a driver not wear their seatbelt?

    There are many excuses a driver would give: they were only going a short distance, they were only reversing or they simply forgot.

    However one of the most common excuses for a driver not wearing their seatbelt is that they say, “I’m a safe, careful driver”. This may be the case but by doing this you are assuming everyone else is as well because you are trusting them not to experience a collision with you.

    This is a stupid excuse for not wearing your seatbelt as even the safest and most careful drivers can experience car crashes and if you make sure you are belted up, the chances of experiencing a serious driver injury decreases dramatically.

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    However, if you do incur a driver injury whether you are belted up or not and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim.

    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm who are committed to getting the best results for their clients.

    With over 13 years’ experience in dealing with compensation claims, they try to make the process as simple and stress free as possible with the majority of their clients being able to settle their claims without stepping foot into court.

    Find out how you could make a road traffic accident claim and how much compensation you could be entitled to by speaking to Accident Advice Helpline on their 24-hour freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – or taking the simple 30-second compensation calculator test online.

    Date Published: February 11, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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