Accident prevention is important. If we didn’t do things to stop accidents from happening, we might find that we ended up getting electric shocks, cutting ourselves, or tripping and falling. This is why we use circuit breakers, concentrate when we’re chopping vegetables, and make sure that rugs and carpets aren’t rumpled.
Does accident prevention always work?
When we do things to prevent accidents, these measures we put in place certainly do work. However, while we may often be able to stop ourselves from causing accidents, we can’t plan for what might happen when someone else causes one.
For example, you might be a careful driver. You always signal, never pull out at a junction until the road is clear, and leave plenty of space between your car and the one in front.
However, other drivers might not be like that. They might drive without due care and attention, or engage in reckless behaviour, such as speeding through residential areas.
All the preventative measures in the world can’t do anything about someone else’s negligence or deliberate actions. This is true whether it’s on the road, in your workplace or in a shopping centre.
What if you get into an accident?
If you are the victim of an accident that someone else has caused, and you are injured as a result, you could be eligible to claim compensation. If you win your case, you will have satisfaction from knowing that the person who caused your accident will be held responsible, and of course, the money you receive will be helpful.
Compensation payouts consist of two elements. One is for the pain and suffering, and the other is for any expenses that you have incurred as a result of your accident. People often find that they have to take time off work to recover, so they lose wages. They may also have to take taxis to hospital appointments, and hire home helps to deal with their household chores.
These losses add up, and cause financial problems. Why should you suffer financially, as well as physically (or psychologically), because of what someone else did?
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
Of course, before you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to ask us about claiming, you should get medical attention. This is obviously a good idea, but it will also mean that there is a medical record of your injuries. This is useful evidence for your case.
When you feel ready, call us, but don’t wait too long. There is a three-year deadline from the date of your accident to get started with your claim. Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and talk to an advisor about getting help from our no win no fee* solicitors.