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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    More personal injuries in winter

    Winter weather causes additional hazards for drivers both experienced and newly qualified alike. Many drivers do not have experience of driving in snow and ice when conditions are different. Safe braking distance triples, it’s not easy to spot black ice and the risk of skidding is much higher. Dark afternoons and evenings, worsened by persistent snow or sleet, restrict visibility and make it hard to assess road conditions ahead. That is why it is particularly important to check your brake lights. However carefully we think we drive, somebody else may cause us to be another road accident statistic.

    Which legal expert in the UK for you?

    Of course, accidents can occur anywhere, at work, on foot, in public, in a sporting fixture or on a journey. There are endless scenarios whereby somebody gets hurt because a third party has slipped up or caused a problem. How do you find the right kind of accident lawyer expert UK for you?

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Accident Advice Helpline is one of the leading accident injury lawyer in the UK compensation providers. Our network comprises hundreds of specialists for every branch of personal injury law, whether it’s medical negligence, industrial injury or the kind of traffic accident mentioned above. If you have been injured and it was not your fault, take our 30-second online test and if you qualify to claim, we will ask you for more details about your accident so that our panel of lawyers in the UK experts can estimate what your claim might be worth. If you decide to start a claim, we will arrange to put you in touch with the right legal expert in the UK for you. If you prefer you can call us on 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of our friendly, helpful advisors. If we can’t give you an answer straight away we’ll call you back. Of course, you don’t have to proceed. There is no obligation to start a claim. You decide.

    Top tips for staying safe in severe weather

    Fill up your windscreen wash bottle regularly – you use it far more in bad conditions

    Check your tyres and replace worn ones

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    If you have winter tyres or snow chains, even better

    Check your brakes and car lights, especially brake lights, before you set out

    Keep emergency items in the vehicle

    If you can postpone your journey until conditions improve, do so. It’s the surest way to stay safe

    Emergency items checklist

    1. Fully charged mobile phone
    2. Charger cable (with connector to dashboard lighter socket)
    3. Bottled water and soft drinks
    4. Wellington boots
    5. Outdoor clothing
    6. A blanket
    7. Non-perishable snacks
    8. Emergency breakdown triangle (required by law)

    Think ahead

    It may seem excessive but in the winter season, it is surprising how many stranded drivers and passengers have to wait overnight, twelve hours or more, to be rescued from snowdrifts on all kinds of roads, especially when emergency services are stretched to the limit.

    Date Published: 22nd January 2013

    Author: David Brown

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