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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."

    Esther Rantzen

    Newtown car accident

    Newtown car accident

    Have you been involved in a Newtown car accident, and was it caused by fact that the driver behind you was following far too closely? If it was, you are not alone. You are but 1 of 7,360 people (on average) that this happens to every year.

    Dangerous driving

    Driving too close to the car in front is a form of aggressive driving and is quite dangerous. It means that if the leading car has to brake in an emergency situation, the chances that the car following too closely will not have enough time to react and will likely crash into the back of the vehicle in front – commonly causing whiplash.

    Recommended safe braking distances

    The Highway Code carries a list of safe braking distances in relation to the speeds that the vehicles are travelling.

    • At 20mph – Allow 12 metres or 3 car lengths
    • At 30mph – Allow 23 metres or 6 car lengths
    • At 40mph – Allow 36 metres or 9 car lengths
    • At 50mph – Allow 53 metres or 13 car lengths
    • At 60mph – Allow 73 metres or 18 car lengths
    • At 70mph – Allow 96 metres or 24 car lengths

    The typical stopping distances shown above assume dry road surface conditions. Other variables that can have an impact and affect these safe braking distances include:

    • You own reaction time
    • The condition of the road surface
    • The weather conditions
    • The condition of your vehicle

    Blame for any accident/injury

    Following the car in front too closely can intimidate and distract the driver of the leading vehicle But remember that if you are going to be launching a personal injury claim for compensation, the blame must be attributed to a third party. If you are partly to blame it could (as a result) jeopardise the claim.

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    What no-win, no-fee* means

    The good news is however, that here at Accident Advice Helpline we work on a no-win, no-fee* basis. That means that should your Newtown car accident claim prove unsuccessful, you will not have to pay our fee. It’s a very fair system which was brought into play to replace free legal aid which was withdrawn in the year 2000.

    Valuing your Newtown car accident injury claim

    You can find out in advance of launching your claim, how much compensation you could be awarded, by visiting our website and finding the HOW MUCH calculator. It will give you an estimate of the basic amount of compensation for your category of injury within just 30 seconds.

    We operate a helpline open 7 days a week

    Making a claim is quite straightforward, but we do operate a free helpline for anyone who has any queries. Our customer support is unrivalled and comes wholly recommended by people’s consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen. To make use of this service simply call 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile to start your Newtown car accident claim.

    Date Published: 16th June 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.