Nestled in the beautiful Cynon Valley of Rhondda Cynon Taf, the town of Aberdare is the 13th largest in Wales, home to around 30,000 permanent residents. Previously an important centre of industry, both for iron and coal, Aberdare was considered the heart of Welsh culture, hosting the first every National Eisteddfod in 1861.
The stunning surrounding countryside, expansive Dare Valley Country Park and museums in the town ensures Aberdare remains a popular pit stop for many of the eight million visitors to Wales over the course of the year. A handful of quality accommodation options, including holiday rentals, makes Aberdare a great base from which to explore the surrounding towns and villages as well as the popular Brecon Beacons National Park.
You wouldn’t expect a sleepy town like Aberdare to be anything but perfectly relaxing, but with a combination of lost tourists, busy locals and narrow streets, accidents can and do happen from time to time. Accidents on the road, slips and falls in public places as well as injuries sustained whilst at work, are just as frequent in Aberdare as in any other town.
When you’re a victim of an accident, and someone else was to blame, it somehow makes the situation even worse. Why should you suffer physical and financial problems, because someone else wasn’t taking enough care? We don’t think it’s right, and that’s why we exist to balance the scales of justice.
Our solicitors are among the best in the country, with years of experience in settling personal injury claims. You could spend hours searching for the best personal injury solicitor in Aberdare to help with your case, but there really is no need. We guarantee you a smooth ride, exemplary customer service and the best possible outcome for your claim, all on a no-win, no-fee* basis. Talk to our expert advisors today, and let us help you secure the compensation payment you deserve.
Road traffic accident in Aberdare
As with any busy town, the risk of being in a road traffic accident in Aberdare is relatively high. Although rush hour in the town is a world away from the congestion seen in major cities, there is still a significant volume of traffic which poses a threat to cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.
Outside of the town, the notorious A465, also known as the Heads of the Valley Road, is one of the worst accident blackspots in the UK. Running from Swansea to Abergavenny, this road is the logical route both in and out of Aberdare if you are heading east or west. Over the past decade, around 585 crashes have been recorded on this road, 28 of which have been fatal, and despite a major upgrade programme being well underway, the risks of travelling this route still remain high.
In general, accident risks on Welsh roads are higher than in other parts of the UK. In comparison, you are 80 per cent less likely to have an accident in the West Midlands than you are anywhere in Wales, including in and around Aberdare.
The main reason for this is that, apart from the main M4 in the south of the country, there are only single carriageway ‘A’ roads to convey the traffic around. Research has shown crashes to be eight times more likely on single carriageway A roads than on multiple lane motorways, so every journey to or from Aberdare comes with a higher risk to the road user.
Sometimes, no matter how careful a driver you are, other people’s stupidity or lack of concentration puts you at risk. If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Aberdare, whether in the town or out on one of the major connecting roads, and another person caused the crash, we are here to help. Our expert solicitors will work hard to prove your innocence, and to secure you compensation that adequately reflects the severity of your injuries.
Take care of yourself first; see your doctor, get the treatment you require and the rest you need. Once you feel up to it, call Accident Advice Helpline and we’ll start work on your compensation case. We’re here to help, and it won’t cost you a penny to start your claim, so call today for advice, support and the legal expertise you need.
Whiplash accident in Aberdare
Not all accidents involve high speeds, or the serious injuries we tend to think of when we think about vehicle collisions. The vast majority of car accidents involve very low speeds; simple shunts on congested roads due to lapses in concentration. But even if you were travelling as slowly as five miles per hour, you could end up with a serious injury which is known by most as whiplash.
Whiplash describes a strain to the soft tissues in the neck and shoulders, caused by the head being ‘whipped’ back and forth as a result of an impact. The lifesaving technology in our cars such as seatbelts and rigid frames means a great deal of force from the impact is channelled into our neck, causing these injuries to increasing numbers of people every year.
In many accidents, the victim walks away feeling absolutely fine, only to start feeling pain later that day or even the next morning. This is perfectly normal for whiplash, but should definitely be checked by a medical professional to ensure that is all that is wrong with your body. If you’ve had a whiplash diagnosis following an accident in Aberdare, we are here to help.
Whiplash is a difficult injury to prove, with very few outside indications that any damage has been done. This can put off many victims from making a claim, leaving many people missing out on compensation that is rightfully theirs. Our solicitors have extensive experience in these types of cases, and have the expertise and insight to give your claim the very best chance of success.
Don’t be put off from making a claim following your whiplash accident in Aberdare. One in five whiplash victims are never the same again, and have to put up with a lifetime of pain and limitations. Imagine if your discomfort lasts that long; isn’t it right that the person who hurt you should be held to account? Don’t waste your time looking for a personal injury solicitor in Aberdare; call our expert advisors for a confidential chat, and let us help you set the record straight.
Work accident in Aberdare
Many of the residents in Aberdare will travel out of the town for work. With a reliable local bus and train service conveying people to larger conurbations such as Cardiff, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport, to work in businesses of all shapes and sizes. However, not everyone commutes out of town for work, as there are a few significant employers based locally too.
With 13 primary schools, three secondary and the new Coleg y Cymoed, it is hardly surprising that a high number of jobs in the town are relating to education. Four of the top 300 largest companies in Wales are based in Aberdare, with two in construction and two in manufacturing. As a largely rural area, many of Aberdare’s residents work in agriculture too.
According to HSE, agriculture and construction are the two industries where accidents at work are most likely. Not only are accidents more common in these industries, they also tend to be more severe, with victims suffering major injury as a result. That’s not to say you can’t be injured if you are working in an office, school or shop though; health and safety should be important to all of us, all the time.
Your employer needs to take all appropriate measures to ensure your safety at work, which should include, as a minimum, regular risk assessments and strategies to manage those risks. They should ensure you have appropriate training, support and protective equipment in place to manage any hazards of the job too. Rhondda Cynon Taf council offer support and advice to businesses in the Aberdare area, so if you’re in any doubt, they can help you out.
If your employer didn’t do enough to keep you safe and you were injured as a result, we are here to help. Making a compensation claim after a work accident in Aberdare need not be complicated or stressful; we’ve helped thousands like you, and have ironed out the process to make it as easy as possible. By taking legal action, you’ll not only be benefitting personally, but you’ll also ensure improvements are made to health and safety standards in your place of work, so that others like you don’t end up injured in future.
Talk to our compassionate, understanding team today about your workplace accident, and find out free if you are able to make a claim.
Slips, trips and falls in Aberdare
All too often we speak to people in Aberdare who have suffered a slip, trip or fall that could and should have been avoided. From poorly maintained walkways to inappropriate floor coverings, far too many people become seriously injured because someone else didn’t do their job properly.
Minimising slips, trips and falls in Aberdare is not difficult; all it takes is a bit of care and attention. For instance:
- Cleaning up a spill quickly and effectively
- Making use of warning signs if the floor is wet
- Ensuring good lighting in all areas of the walkway
- Using non-slip floor coverings where necessary
- Removing trip hazards or covering them with a mat or ramp
- Installing barriers next to fall hazards
There are many ways in which slips and falls can be effectively managed, most of which don’t cost the earth or take much planning. If you operate a building, own a footpath or manage a public space, it is your duty to ensure the people who visit are not subjected to dangerous situations.
If you’ve already been hurt in a slip, trip or fall, and you think someone else could have done more to protect you, talk to us first. We deal with thousands of cases just like yours, where someone taking just a little more care could have made all the difference. We don’t think it’s fair, and don’t believe you should suffer in silence, so call us today and we’ll get started right away.
No-win, no-fee*, no stress
You might be wondering what all this expert legal representation is going to cost you; after all, a personal injury solicitor in Aberdare probably doesn’t come cheap. Well, you’ll be happy to hear that actually we don’t want a penny from you to get started, and we won’t even land you with a big legal bill if your claim is unsuccessful.
This is due to an arrangement we have with all our clients known as the Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). What this means is, we won’t charge you for our legal services if we don’t win your case. This gives us the impetus to work really hard on your behalf, and gives you the peace of mind that you don’t need to worry about the finances.
We won’t baffle you with confusing legal jargon; we specialise in simple, honest advice, so you really have nothing to lose by giving us a call. Talk to our friendly advisors today and let’s get started on winning that compensation you deserve. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993.