Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with some valuable legal advice if you have just been injured in a car accident in the Castle Point area. If you think you need to find a personal injury lawyer in Castle Point then you should certainly give them a call. You are perfectly within your rights to consult a personal injury lawyer in Castle Point after an accident if you feel that it was not your fault. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people who feel this way for the last thirteen years.
Over the last few decades, the types of injuries that victims have suffered in car accidents have changed a great deal. One of the main factors that have influenced this is the introduction of seatbelts. Road safety experts estimate that around 50,000 lives have been saved in the UK since seatbelts were made a legal requirement.
Will a personal injury lawyer in Castle Point care if I was wearing a seatbelt?
Yes they will, because it will have affected the severity and type of injury that you suffered. Always tell your personal injury lawyer in Castle Point if you were not wearing a seatbelt. People who do not wear seatbelts are often more seriously injured – they may be even thrown through the windscreen.
Around 90% of all adult front seat passengers now wear a seatbelt for all journeys made in the UK yet the figure for rear seat passengers is only around 70%. This is a great shame as rear seat passengers can cause severe injuries to front seat passengers as they are thrown around inside the car.
How do seatbelts reduce injuries in road traffic accidents?
When a car hits something (such as another car or a wall) it comes to a halt very rapidly! The movement energy that it loses (kinetic energy) has to be transferred to something because energy cannot just disappear. Some of it is transferred to the driver and passengers of the vehicle, they are thrown forward. The seat belt prevents them from leaving the car and brings then to a halt more gradually. The head is not restrained by a seat belt and carries on moving forward – the neck can get stretched causing a whiplash injury.
Get the most out of your seatbelt!
Don’t just assume that all you have to do is put on a seatbelt. There are other things that you can do to check that it is working most effectively.
- Make sure that the belt is as tight as possible around your body
- Make sure that the lap part of the belt is across your pelvis not your stomach
- Make sure that the diagonal strap is on your shoulder not your neck
- Make sure that nothing is restricting the normal movement of the seatbelt
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.