Sittingbourne is an industrial town in the Swale district of Kent. It has a long history dating back to pre-Roman times and, in the 1100s, it became a popular hostelry for pilgrims travelling to Canterbury Cathedral. During the Industrial Revolution it became an important producer of bricks for London, thanks to its clay substrata and, in more recent years, it has retained a paper manufacturing industry, cement production and water transport.
The surrounding area is comprised of good farming land and this means there is still a large amount of agriculture, including apples and cherries, with associated industries of fruit preserving and packing. Notable landmarks include Milton Creek Country Park with the historic Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway, and the Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway, where steam locomotives are still in operation.
Visitors also flock to the Sittingbourne Heritage Museum, performances at the Avenue Theatre and leisure activities like Go-Karting at Bayford Meadows.
With a growing population and many visitor attractions, accidents are common in Sittingbourne. If you were injured in an accident there within the last three years and you weren’t to blame, you could be eligible for personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is one of the most trusted and reputable names in this field and we can help you to make the best claim possible.
Road traffic accidents in Sittingbourne
Sittingbourne is historically a small town but its population is growing rapidly. It is surrounded by rural countryside with long winding roads. While it might not see the same traffic congestion as built-up metropolitan areas, accidents on the roads can still be common here.
Rural, less congested roads often lead drivers to think that they can ignore speed limits. However, speeding on rural roads with blind corners and narrow lanes can lead to high-speed collisions. A driver may, for example, presume that the road ahead is clear and so drive over the speed limit. The nature of the landscape could conceal other road users, though, and its not uncommon for a driver to turn a blind corner at high speeds only to find themselves facing an impact with an oncoming articulated lorry.
Road traffic accidents in Sittingbourne at these speeds can result in very serious injuries like damage to the chest or sternum, back or spinal injuries and head or brain damage. These can lead to long periods of recovery during which time you might be prevented from working.
If you are on a reduced pay or statutory sick pay while you are off work, you might find that it becomes more difficult to keep up with your daily bills, and this can lead to financial difficulty, with the associated worry and stress that brings.
If you were injured in an accident like this, a claim for compensation could help you to recover some or all of the associated costs, including loss of earnings. A personal injury solicitor in Sittingbourne could help you to make a claim, but you might be put off by the costs.
Instead, contact Accident Advice Helpline. We work on a 100 per cent no-win, no-fee* basis, which means you can make your claim at no upfront cost.
Whiplash accident in Sittingbourne
Whiplash is an injury that is caused by the neck and head being thrown forwards and back on impact, often in a car collision. This causes the muscles and ligaments in the neck to become overextended, leading to symptoms like headache, fatigue, muscle spasms, pins and needles in the arms and pain in the neck and shoulders.
One reason why whiplash injuries have increased over the last couple of decades may actually be the introduction of seatbelt legislation in 1983. Modern, locking seatbelts have reduced the numbers of head injuries, facial injuries and fatalities but, as APIL (The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) point out in their 2012 report on whiplash, this may have come at the cost of increased neck sprains and soft tissue damage.
If you were injured in a whiplash accident in Sittingbourne and it was caused by someone else, a claim for compensation could help you to recover other associated costs, including medical or physiotherapy bills, travel costs to and from medical appointments and prescription charges.
You could use a personal injury solicitor in Sittingbourne to help you make a claim but, in a small town, it might be difficult to find the right solicitor or firm. Accident Advice Helpline is one of the UK’s largest law firms which means we can help you wherever you are in the UK.
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Slips, trips and falls in Sittingbourne
Sittingbourne’s town centre can become busy during summer months, when visitors arrive to take in its many local attractions. During these periods, slips, trips and falls in Sittingbourne can become more common. In most cases, these accidents are random and unavoidable but, in some instances, they could be avoided.
Most slips, trips and falls are caused by an obstruction of some kind. This could be a loose paving slab or drain cover, potholes or trailing cables, and they can happen anywhere; on the streets, in a shop or at work. While most people suffer little more than a knock to their pride, some people can sustain injuries like fractures or broken bones in the ankles or wrists. The latter is particularly prevalent because we often instinctively put out our hands to break our fall.
If you were injured in an accident like this and you think it was caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you should consider making a claim for compensation. You could be compensated for any physical or emotional injuries you sustained.
A personal injury solicitor in Sittingbourne could help you, but it can be difficult to know if they have the knowledge and expertise of personal injury claims to help you make the best claim. Instead, trust Accident Advice Helpline to help you; we have over 16 years’ experience of specialising solely in these kinds of claims, and we’ve already helped thousands of innocent accident victims to make successful claims.
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Work accident in Sittingbourne
Sittingbourne has a diverse economy that includes manufacturing, construction, wholesale and retail trade and health and social work activities. A work accident in Sittingbourne can happen in any industry, although the nature of the injuries may differ from one sector to another.
For example, in the construction industry, common accidents include falls from a height, becoming trapped by something collapsing or overturning or being struck by a moving vehicle. Other injuries include those sustained while handling, lifting or carrying (often musculoskeletal disorders) or being struck by a moving or falling object.
In many cases these accidents result in minor injuries, but the nature of the equipment and machinery that are used in construction means serious accidents often occur too, sometimes leading to lifelong damage.
Every employer has a duty of care to ensure that employees do not come to harm during the course of their work and, while some industries like construction carry an inherent risk, they must do all they can to remove or reduce hazards or risks.
This includes carrying out regular risk assessments and removing or reducing any hazards that are spotted, as well as implementing procedures, signs and labels and related training to ensure that employees understand the risks as well as how to minimise them.
If you were injured like this and you believe someone else was at fault, you could make a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has significant experience in dealing with complex work-related claims and we’ll support you throughout so that you never feel like you’re going it alone.
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