Accident Advice Helpline categorise road traffic accident cases into two groups. The first group are road traffic accident cases where all the occupants are wearing seatbelts. These collisions can be extremely serious, but in the majority of cases the severity of the injuries is reduced because the occupants have been wearing seatbelts.
The second group are road traffic accident cases where all the occupants were not wearing seatbelts. These collisions tend to have more serious injuries, as the occupants are thrown against the windscreen or outside the car.
Accident Advice Helpline deal with both types of accident cases, helping people across the UK who have been injured in accidents that were not their own fault.
The purpose of seatbelts
Put simply, seatbelts keep the occupants of a car in their seats during a collision. When the car slows down rapidly because it has collided with something (e.g. another car), energy is transferred to the things (including people) inside the car. They travel forward with that energy until they hit something. That ‘something’ is the interior of the car. If it is the windscreen, then they are quite likely to smash through it and end up outside the car. This is terribly dangerous, especially if they are thrown into the path of other vehicles.
In modern vehicles, there are usually airbags and head restraints fitted as well. These are designed for people wearing seatbelts. Therefore, by not wearing a seatbelt, the occupant is failing to get the protection of the other safety measures as well.
Incredibly, there are still people who do not wear seatbelts. Thousands of lives have been saved since they were made compulsory. Compliance rates are high for drivers and front seat passengers, but a minority of rear seat adult passengers still do not wear seatbelts. This is not only dangerous for themselves, but they present a hazard to the driver and front seat passenger as they come hurtling forward in a collision. Women tend to be more conscientious about wearing a seatbelt than men. Van drivers and passengers have some of the lowest rates of seatbelt wearing.
The wearing or not of a seatbelt could affect the severity of your injuries, and as it is a legal requirement, could affect the amount of compensation you are awarded. Do not put yourself at more risk than is necessary, and always wear your seatbelt. Then if you are in an accident that was not your own fault, you will be able to pursue compensation for the fullest amount for your injuries.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have been assisting innocent victims of all types of accidents for over 15 years, and we are here to help you with your claim. We will not ask you to pay us any money to start the work, as our no-win, no-fee agreement takes care of the financing of all the claims we handle.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to get all the free claims advice you need or to start your claim with an accident solicitor in Ambleside, or wherever else you may be located – we have the whole country covered.
Date Published: 5th July 2013
Author: Sharon Parry