As a driver, one of the first things that you do when you get into your car is fasten your seatbelt. We have been doing this for so long now that it comes as second nature. Most drivers will not even be able to remember a time when seat belts were not compulsory.
In fact, seat belts were introduced several decades ago to try and reduce the severity of injuries that are suffered in car accidents and this greatly changed the type of injury that a car injury lawyer would deal with. A car injury lawyer is consulted when a driver of a car has been injured in a car accident that was not their own fault.
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Law firms like the well-established Accident Advice Helpline help drivers claim compensation for their injuries.
Although Accident Advice Helpline do not have access to a local personal injury lawyer in Cirencester they can still represent you and your claim. This is because they are a national firm that works across the whole of the UK. So if you need a personal injury lawyer in Cirencester look no further than this expert service.
The changing work of a car injury lawyer – before seat belts
Seat belts were first used in the United States during the 1930s and became more common in European cars during the 1950s and 1960s. At the end of the 1960s they became compulsory for all new cars but were only fitted in the front seats.
The changing work of a car injury lawyer – 1970s and 1980s
During this time, seat belts were fitted in the front of the car but you did not have to wear them. Many drivers didn’t bother and as a result serious injuries were suffered in collisions. This was despite public education campaigns on TV and radio to encourage people to wear seat belts. Eventually, in 1983 a law was passed that made all front seat passengers wear seat belts but of course this did not stop all injuries. Serious car accidents still resulted in horrific injuries and even deaths.
Whiplash became common as the seat belt stopped all of the body but not the head from moving forward with great force. This resulted in the typical pulling of the neck that characterises a whiplash injury. Many drivers were actually injured by the passengers in the rear of the car as they were propelled forward and crashed into the back of them. The idea of rear seat belts became very attractive.
The changing work of a car injury lawyer – 1990s to the present day
By the late 1980s seat belts were required to be fitted in the rear seats of all new cars and finally in 1991 it became compulsory to wear seat belts in the rear seats. There is no doubt that this has reduced the severity of injuries suffered in car accidents and has saved thousands of lives. However, car accidents still occur and people continue to be injured.
For more information, call Accident Advice Helpline for free on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 9th February 2014
Author: Sharon Parry