Most drivers will, at some time or another, have looked in their rear-view mirror, only to see that another car is driving far too close to their rear bumper.
When this happens, you will probably feel annoyed – and rightly so. Drivers who engage in this practice, known as “tailgating”, are likely to cause accidents. You could be the victim.
What can you do if this happens?
Happily, there is a course of action to take, and that is to make a Forest Heath road traffic accident claim. You should be eligible to claim if your accident has been caused by someone else (the driver behind you, in this case) and you got injured. It doesn’t matter whether that injury consists of a few cuts and bruises or multiple fractures and a head injury.
To get started with your claim, the best thing to do is make a phone call to a specialist personal injury law firm whose solicitors work on a no win no fee* basis, such as Accident Advice Helpline.
Beginning a Forest Heath road traffic accident claim
The first step is to call our 24/7 hotline on one of these numbers:
- Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline
- Dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile
When you call, you can speak to an advisor, if you contact us during normal office hours. If you call outside usual office hours, just leave a voicemail message – it will be picked up as soon as possible and you’ll receive a call from someone on our team of advisors. Alternatively, text “claim365” to 88010 and someone will call you back.
Eligible claimants will have their details taken down, in confidence, by an advisor. These details will then be given to our legal team, and a solicitor will work on your case straight away. They can usually do everything on your behalf without the need for you to attend court.
If you win your case, you’ll receive a payout.
Don’t be the cause of an accident
When you’re driving, make sure that you don’t cause another driver to make a Forest Heath road traffic accident claim. Keep your distance from the vehicle in front by following the “two-second rule”. Here’s how it works:
- Look ahead for a fixed object, such as a lamppost
- When the car in front reaches the lamppost, start counting
- When you reach the same lamppost, stop counting
- If you’ve not reached a count of two, you’re driving too close to that car, so slow down
Bear in mind, too, that this rule is for good driving conditions. If it’s bad weather, leave a larger gap. Drive carefully.
Date Published: 19th December 2014