Washington is one of the ‘New Towns’ in the district of Tyne and Wear in England and was part of historic County Durham. Geographically, it is an equal distance from the centres of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland and was developed in the 1960s to house the overspill from these three centres of population and hence relieve over-crowding and improve housing standards. The population is still expanding and now stands at around 70,000 residents.
As in other New Towns, the aim of the urban design is to achieve sustainable socio-economic growth. To try to achieve this, the town is divided into small self-sufficient “villages” which were originally assigned numbers but which are now named. Donwell, Usworth and Concord are three examples. To provide local employment, several industrial estates were built on the outskirts and named after famous local engineers. Stephenson Industrial Estate is one such example.
For residents and visitors there are plenty of attractions to keep them amused including Washington Wetland Centre where there are rare and exotic birds, mammals and different wetland habitats.
The design concepts of the New Towns of the 1960s have been relatively successful and they are by and large very pleasant and safe places to live. However, accidents can still happen and people’s lives can be turned upside down. Road traffic accidents, workplace accidents and slips, trips and falls can all happen at anytime in any part of Washington.
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, there is plenty of help available. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have developed systems and procedures to help people just like you. If you are looking for a personal injury solicitor in Washington because you want to discuss how a claim works, call us today.
Road traffic accidents in Washington
Washington can be reached via several major A roads, some of which are more dangerous than others. The A19 passes to the east of the town and the A1 passes to the west. The A1 is used by residents of Washington to commute to nearby Gateshead for work, and has been identified locally as an accident hotspot.
Statistics were collected on the collisions at fixed or mobile speed cameras sites over a two-year period, which showed that on one stretch of the road, there were 91 people injured. Two of those were deaths or serious injuries. On another stretch of the same road, 44 people were hurt in collisions. Road safety is taken very seriously in the area, and Highways England has invested £61m in the A1, which is used by more than 100,000 drivers every day.
Despite this impressive investment by government, accidents still occur, and they are often caused by the actions of individual drivers rather than by the road layout itself. Being injured by a driver who was not complying with road safety laws is extremely frustrating, particularly when you are a careful and law-abiding driver yourself. You know that you are paying the price for their disregard of road safety regulations.
We can help you restore fairness by starting a personal injury claim. Many road traffic accidents in Washington could have been avoided if drivers obeyed the rules and making a claim sends out an important message to all careless drivers. Why not give us a call now to find out more?
Whiplash accident in Washington
Whiplash is not strictly a medical term, but the underlying pathology is stretching of the soft-tissues of the neck. This is the ligaments, tendons and muscles. The damage causes tearing and inflammation of delicate fibres, and the nerve endings become irritated. This results in pain and stiffness.
Whiplash symptoms are not always confined to the neck. You may also get tingling, pins and needles and numbness in the arms and you may suffer headaches. There is a ‘chronic whiplash syndrome’ which can last for over a year and includes psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression.
For some people, whiplash symptoms do not develop for a few hours after the accident. This is why it is advised that you make a note of the personal details of the driver that caused the accident and of witnesses even if you don’t think that you are hurt. Claiming for a whiplash accident in Washington is something we can help with. Our skilled legal team will handle your case efficiently and with understanding. Call us now.
Work accident in Washington
Washington has a strong manufacturing base and this sector employs 16 per cent of the local workforce, which is double the UK figure. The main manufacturing industries are textiles, electronics, car assembly, chemicals and electrical goods and the largest private-sector employer in the City of Sunderland is an international car manufacturer.
Historically, manufacturing was a dangerous industry to work in and conjures up images of the old textile mills of the Victorian era. However, these days, a raft of health and safety legislation has led to huge improvements. The modern manufacturing sector is much safer and no more dangerous than any other modern employment sector according to figures collected by the Health and Safety Executive. Nevertheless, there are still more than 2,000 injuries reported per 100,000 manufacturing employees.
If you are one of the workers who has suffered a work accident in Washington, either in manufacturing or in any other sector, we can help you to start a personal injury claim for compensation. Our solicitors are highly experienced in handling complex workplace claims. We understand that it can be daunting to take on your own employer but we know exactly how to help and how to make the process as stress-free as possible. Contact us now to find out more.
Slips, trips and falls in Washington
Many slip, trip and fall accidents could be prevented with a few simple precautions. It often does not take much time or effort for the risks to be removed or at least minimised. A few key precautions are very useful:
- Putting systems in place to prevent spillages as far as is practicable and to swiftly identify any that do happen.
- Putting systems in place to ensure that spillages are signposted and are cleaned up as soon as they happen.
- Keeping thoroughfares free of debris, clutter and obstacles.
- Drawing attention to uneven surfaces or changing levels.
- Securing cables and regularly checking lighting.
Slips, trips and falls in Washington can result in anything from a sprained wrist to a brain injury. Have you suffered a similar accident recently? If you are looking for a personal injury solicitor in Washington, you may like the sound of our national law firm. We have the expertise you need. Call us right now.
Claiming the compensation you deserve
We aim to make the claims process as stress-free as we possibly can. We will take on all the legal technicalities. We will even fill in as many of the forms as we can and deal with the correspondence.
Meanwhile, you can focus on your recovery and on your family. We handle all of our cases on our no-win, no-fee* arrangement. In practical terms, this means that you will not be asked to pay any upfront legal fees.
If you are looking for a personal injury solicitor in Washington, 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. Make that call.
Date Published: 8th February 2014
Author: Clare P
Category: Legal Services
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