When you think about injury claims, Somerset isn’t the first place to come to mind..
Sleepy villages and fields of ripening corn. Apple orchards and summer fetes in the vicarage garden. Are those the images Somerset conjures for you? But accidents happen anywhere, even in picturesque Somerset. Have a look below at the injury claims Somerset regularly sees..
Some injury claims Somerset reports:
If you look at the newspapers and court records, your will see that the injury claims Somerset deals with are not that different than other parts of the country. Here is a look at a few of the common types of injury claims Somerset regularly reports..
Road traffic accidents
Most counties in England have a few big cities and Somerset is no different. The biggest towns and cities – Bristol, Bath and Taunton – do become centres for some types of injury claims Somerset wide. Road traffic accidents, as you might imagine, are pretty common in big cities even in Somerset. But Somerset has a large number of fast, twisting rural roads. In Somerset, many of the national speed limit roads were ancient routeways, flanked by ditches and hedges, with barely enough room for two cars to pass.
Frequent twists in the road, following rivers or boundaries, make visibility poor. That means that Somerset sees a disproportionate number of high-speed, high-impact crashes. These crashes often result in life-changing injuries or tragic fatalities. For this reason, road traffic injury claims Somerset wide can often lead to high value compensation awards, reflecting the severe injuries.
Industrial injury claims
Like many rural counties, Somerset has a large number of family run industries, often working with raw materials or aspects of the land, such as quarrying or farming. This means that the number of industrial and machinery related injury claims Somerset sees is higher than many other parts of the country. In injury caused by machinery can mean loss of a limb or an injury that restricts someone’s ability to work and earn a living. This can mean that industrial injury claims Somerset wide can be higher than average.
Slips, trips and falls
The rural nature of Somerset’s towns and villages can make it difficult for the Local Authority to keep on top of repairs to roads, pavements and pathways. Problems can be exacerbated by poor weather. For example, in snow and ice, many isolated villages are left with untreated roads and pavements. This can make slips, trips and falls more likely. Certainly, the number of claims in Somerset has risen in the last decade.
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If you have suffered an accident or injury, either in Somerset or elsewhere in the UK, talk to our professional advisers about the help we could offer you. We have been assisting our clients in making successful, stress-free compensation claims for over a decade. We are able to match you to our network of specialist solicitors throughout Somerset, so as you have the help you need right on your doorstep. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for a no obligation chat.
Date Published: 23rd June 2013