The market town of Bridgwater in Somerset, England is perched at the edge of the Somerset Levels and south of the Mendips. It has a resident population of around 36,000 people and is a major centre of industry in Somerset.
As its name would suggest, it straddles a river (the River Parrett) and historically it was a major port. The first bridge in the town dates back as far as 1200 and several quays were built in the 1400s. Bridgwater Docks reached their peak in the late 19th century when around 3,600 ships a year used them and the Dutch trade in particular has influenced the architecture of the town.
The docks within Bridgewater are no longer operational but there is a wharf at Dunball, which is mainly used for landing stone products and gravels dredged in the Bristol Channel. Modern Bridgwater has a thriving arts scene centred around Bridgwater Arts Centre which hosts, amongst many other events, the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival.
Bridgwater is a popular location with tourists and residents alike and most of the time there are no adverse events. However, accidents can occasionally happen here as they can happen in other parts of the country. There are sometimes road traffic accidents, pedestrian accidents, workplace accidents and even slips, trips and falls. Bridgwater is certainly not an accident-free zone.
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be considering starting a personal injury claim for compensation. We at Accident Advice Helpline are here to help you. One option is to look for a personal injury solicitor in Bridgwater, but you may prefer to use a highly respected national law firm like ourselves. Give us a call today and we will talk through your options and explain exactly how the process works. Call us right now.
Road traffic accidents in Bridgwater
The Somerset road safety authorities work hard to ensure that the road users around Bridgwater are kept safe. A recent campaign reported in the local media found 90 people not wearing a seat belt and research by Somerset Road Safety reports that one in four drivers in the county do not wear seatbelts.
This is a worrying statistic as not wearing a seatbelt is regarded as one of the ‘fatal four’ driving offences along with speeding, drink and drug driving and using a mobile phone whilst driving. Experts agree that wearing seatbelts has reduced fatalities on UK roads by more than 20 per cent.
If you have taken all the precautions you can to protect your safety, including wearing a seatbelt and driving sensibly, it is so frustrating when you are injured because of the actions of another driver. Why should you endure pain and discomfort because of someone else? One way to restore some balance to the situation is with a personal injury claim.
A personal injury claim for compensation does not have to be time-consuming or stressful when we handle your case. We have all the necessary legal skills and expertise to handle claims after road traffic accidents in Bridgwater. Call us now.
Whiplash accident in Bridgwater
Accidents at lower speeds rarely result in fatalities but they do often result in an injury termed whiplash. This is a common term for an injury to the soft tissues of the neck and it results from stretching the soft-tissues which are called ligaments, tendons and muscles. Whiplash can develop straight away after a road accident or it can take several hours for the symptoms to start. You may even wake up the morning after the collision with neck pain and stiffness.
Do not assume that you are uninjured at the site of an accident. It is strongly advised that you make a note of the personal details of the driver that caused the accident. It is also very useful to have contact details for the witnesses. Claiming for a whiplash accident in Bridgwater is something that we can help with. Our skilled legal team is waiting to step in and assist you. Why not call us right now?
Work accident in Bridgwater
Bridgwater is both a market town and Somerset’s leading industrial town which is reflected in the employment trends. As a market town there are plenty of retail and wholesale jobs. There is also a strong manufacturing base including food, plastic and chemical production.
The M5 corridor is nearby, and so the operations and logistics sectors play a large part in the local economy. The town also has strong aerospace and engineering sector.
Bridgwater is by no means a hotspot of workplace accidents, but they can and do sometimes occur. Over the years, the pattern or workplace hazards will have changed. The old hazards associated with the docks have largely disappeared but there are new hazards associated with modern manufacturing, distribution and retail work.
Modern employers have a duty to ensure that hazards in all workplaces are fully assessed. The next step is to take measures to minimise the risks. So, for example, if one hazard is presented by a particular piece of equipment associated with manufacturing, the potential measures could be:
- Stop using the equipment
- Use an alternative piece of equipment
- Provide guarding and safety switches
- Provide training
If you are an employee who has been injured at work because your work task was not properly assessed, we can help. If you have just had a work accident in Bridgwater, we have solicitors with highly specialised legal skills. They are qualified to take on even the most complex workplace claim. Contact us right now and we can tell you more.
Slips, trips and falls in Bridgwater
Slips, trips and falls in Bridgwater are very simple accidents but they can cause complex injuries. Some will result in twisted or sprained ankles and wrists, whilst others will cause serious fractures and even brain injuries.
They are also easy to prevent. The majority are caused by:
- Uneven floor surfaces that should be rectified or signposted so that attention is drawn to them.
- Unsuitable floor coverings which are not able to withstand wear and tear or the conditions where they have been installed.
- Wet floors which have not been signposted.
- Changes in floor level which should be signposted.
- Trailing cables which should be moved.
- Poor lighting.
If any of these caused your recent accident, we may be able to help you claim compensation for your injuries. Slips, trips and falls are what we specialise in and we can give your claim the best chance of being a success.
As soon as you have sought medical attention for your injuries you may start to look for a personal injury solicitor in Bridgwater. Why not consider using our national law firm instead? We have the depth and breadth of experience you need. Call us right now.
We are on your side
When you start a claim for personal injury compensation you need a good team on your side. Personal injury law can be complex, so you need a highly qualified and experienced solicitor to handle your case.
We pride ourselves on providing an exceptionally well-structured personal injury package. We take over all of the legal technicalities and deal with all of the correspondence. Meanwhile, your focus will be to provide us with information about what happened to you. To access this package, you will not be asked for any upfront legal fees. Instead, your claim will be handled on a no-win, no-fee* arrangement.
If you are looking for a personal injury solicitor in Bridgwater, we can help. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call us today on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993. Call us now.
Road Traffic Accident stats for Somerset
Date Published: 29th December 2013
Author: Clare P
Category: Legal Services
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