The Scottish accident claims section of the law firm Accident Advice Helpline deals with a whole range of personal injury claims there every year. Car accidents, workplace accidents and slips, trips and falls are as common in Scotland as elsewhere.
There have been proposals for the whole of the UK to switch to Central European Time as it would lead to lighter evenings in the winter. However, it has been argued that this would actually increase accidents in Scotland and hence increase the work carried out by the accident claims lawyers in Scotland section. The arguments for and against are examined here.
Accident claims lawyers in Scotland – adopting Central European Time
Some research has suggested that there would be fewer people killed or seriously injured on UK roads if we adopted Central European Time and that this would lead to fewer claims being made through the accident claims lawyers Scotland branch. The plans would give an extra hour of evening daylight. The argument is that fewer accidents occur in light evenings and so fewer people would be hurt. Other benefits of changing to Central European Time have been proposed and include:
- Lights would not have to be lit so early saving millions of pounds in energy bills and benefiting the environment
- Aligning the UK working day with Europe would benefit businesses and promote more effective working relationships
- Tourism and leisure industries would benefit
- People (especially the elderly) would be more likely to leave their homes in the lighter evenings and so their health and well-being would improve
- Crime would be reduced as opportunistic thieves tend to operate in the dark as they are less likely to be seen.
There have been several attempts to introduce legislation bringing in this change but, to date, none have succeeded.
Accident claims lawyers in Scotland – retaining Daylight Saving Time
Others argue that the current method of daylight saving time is the safest. They argue that, in Scotland, the change to Central European Time would mean that in some months of the year it would still be dark at 9 in the morning. This is obviously when most children are arriving at school. It is claimed that children would be travelling to school in the dark and that this is dangerous, would result in more accidents and in more claims being handled by the accident claims lawyers Scotland office. Furthermore, it is claimed that more parents would opt for driving their children to school rather than letting them walk in the dark and so the increase in traffic could also result in more accidents.
Some people feel that the changes would benefit England and Wales but not Scotland. This is because it has a more limited period of daylight hours. Also, it has been pointed out that people who work early in the morning would have to go to work in darkness.
Accident Advice Helpline can be contacted on their 24/7 helpline number 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 24th May 2013
Author: David Brown