Road traffic accidents, RTAs for short, can be especially traumatic whether you’re a driver, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist, pedestrian or even just a witness. Some look rather innocuous with all involved able to walk away, but others are more serious and these RTAs make up a lot of the accident and injury compensation in Somerset each year.
Somerset is known for being one of the most beautiful counties in England, situated in the South West of the country. It features historic towns such as Taunton with its famous cathedral and is well known for the farming industry and producing cider among other things.
It brings in a lot of money from tourism with people coming from all over the UK for a few days in the peaceful Somerset countryside, yet these holidays can often turn into disasters if they are caught up in one of the many accidents on the county’s roads.
Why are there so many accidents?
The government, emergency services and road safety partnerships have been trying for some time now to bring down the number of RTAs on British roads. While the number of accidents is falling, it is still alarmingly high, hence RTAs making up such a significant number of the accident and injury compensation in Somerset.
It has been proven that the most common cause of these accidents is driver error, a mistake made behind the wheel. This could be anything like misjudging the speed of an oncoming vehicle when pulling out from a junction to slipping on black ice into the path of another road user or failing to spot a pedestrian crossing the road because they were checking their mobile phone.
Every road user is at risk of being involved in an accident, and the types of injuries that can be sustained are wide ranging. Depending on the circumstances and speeds involved, it could leave innocent victims with anything from a few aches or cuts and bruises to something more serious like whiplash, concussion or broken bones, to something far more serious.
The most common claims for road traffic accident and injury compensation in Somerset
Whiplash is by far one of the most common injuries, and is a muscular problem caused when a person’s head is thrown forwards upon impact. It can go with such a jolt that the muscles in the neck, shoulders and back are forced to work without warning or preparation and the results can take weeks, even months to recover from.
It often leaves the victim with serious amounts of discomfort and needing either hospital or at least some medical treatment, along with physiotherapy to put right.
Claiming for compensation
While it can get better without the need for any intrusive surgery or medical procedures, it’s still not a nice experience to go through and many choose to make a compensation claim as a result.
At Accident Advice Helpline we deal with a large number of whiplash and RTA-related injury claims each year and have built up a team of personal injury lawyers with first-hand experience in handling this sort of claim.
If you’re thinking about making a no-win no-fee claim following your own road traffic accident, give us a call now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0992 to discuss your claim and ask any questions.
Date Published: 5th July 2015
Author: David Brown