Road traffic claims can be split into three sections with the first being the period just before the accident. This is the time when the factors that cause the accident fall into place. The next section is the accident itself and this is usually the shortest in terms of length of time as most accidents happen in a matter of seconds. Finally there is the post-accident period and it is this time when you may start thinking about getting an injury lawyer in Shepperton- or anywhere else.
The period leading up to the accident
This is the time when the causal factors come into play. If the accident was caused by speeding then the car will be speeding up. If the accident was caused by driver distraction then the distracting influence will come into play – this could be a mobile phone ringing or the driver lighting a cigarette. If the accident was caused by driver fatigue then it may be the driver nodding off. It is at this point that the driver becomes at fault for the accident because they should have done something differently. They were not driving in the way that they should and the consequences can be severe.
The accident itself
Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye as a collision takes fractions of a second. The car comes to a very sudden stop and momentum causes the occupants of the car (that’s the passengers and driver) to carry on moving forward. They may be stopped by seat belts and airbags or in severe accidents they may leave the car through the windscreen and land on the road. Seat belts and airbags are designed to make the human body come to a halt more gradually and it is enough to reduce the forces that are exerted on the body and in turn reduce the severity of the injuries. Injuries are caused by this sudden slowing down of the human body and by impact against objects such as:
- The steering wheel
- The dash board
- The windscreen
- The airbag
- The seat belt
- The road outside the car
- Other surfaces outside the car
After the accident
This is when the person who was not at fault for the accident receives their medical treatment and contacts Accident Advice Helpline to get their claim for compensation started. They ring the helpline or make contact via the website and are allocated an expert personal injury lawyer who takes over all the legal aspects of the case. The time that a case takes to resolve can be vary because every case is different but you can rest assured that your solicitor will carry on until you get the compensation you deserve.