Whiplash is a deceptively serious affliction that can cause significant pain and distress to sufferers. It can cause sleepless nights, genuine, perpetual discomfort and even serious long-term spinal complications. Whiplash doesn’t just affect those who have been in dramatic accidents either. A mere ‘shunt’ might cause no outward, immediately tangible physical harm to yourself or your car, but the underlying damage could leave you seriously injured, even incapacitated. Chances are that if you are diagnosed with whiplash having been hit from behind while driving, the driver behind you will be at fault. If this is indeed the case then you’ll want to file a personal injury claim to help you recover both financially and emotionally from the trauma.
Have you been hit from behind while driving?
If the answer is ‘yes’, you are probably liable to make a personal injury claim. If you were genuinely not at fault and there is evidence to back up this fact, a quick call to the Accident Advice Helpline could really help catalyse your recovery, both mentally and physically. When phoning AAH, you’ll be able to converse with sensitive, experienced professionals who will guide you through the process in a non-condescending fashion. All of our lawyers work on a strict 100% no win, no fee* basis and with over 14 years of experience in the business, we really are the most qualified law firm for all of your personal injury claim needs. The firm is patronised by UK TV personality Esther Rantzen, who has recommended AAH for its consistent integrity, dependability and reliability and with her long and eclectic career in the public eye, she’s certainly earned enough kudos for her advice to be taken seriously!
Tailgating and rubbernecking
Of course there are also steps that can be taken to avoid such accidents altogether. For starters, be sure to clock any tailgaters right off the bat. Tailgating is the incredibly dangerous and illegal practice of a vehicle driving too closely behind another vehicle. Although technically being caught tailgating now warrants an on-the-spot fine, it is an incredibly difficult offence to effectively police and so remains a constant problem and a common cause of traffic accidents. It is important therefore, for sensible drivers to remain vigilant of tailgaters and to keep at least 1 metre (or yard) behind the vehicle in front for every one mile per hour on the speedometer. For example, if you’re going at 50 mph, you’ll want a gap of at least 50 metres between your car and the car in-front. Rubbernecking however is a far more difficult offence to police as it’s simple human nature. Passers-by slowing down to look in on an accident can cause a potential ‘domino’ effect with the most common eventuality being cars shunting into the back of each other. If this happens to you and it’s not your fault, remember to keep Accident Advice Helpline in mind!
Date Published: October 5, 2013
Author: David Brown