When winter comes, many people begin to feel a bit down. It’s cold outside – and dark. Sometimes, especially if you have a 9-to-5 job, you might not see very much daylight at all.
Driving in the dark
If you commute to work, you could find that you’re setting off before sunrise and returning home after sunset. You need to be very careful driving in winter, because the road conditions can make it extremely hazardous.
Some people who have no trouble at all driving in spring and summer might find themselves in accidents when it gets to autumn and winter – and if you get into an accident, you could suffer injuries.
In cases where such accidents have been caused by another driver, the victim could be eligible to claim compensation through a personal injury claim lawyer in Croydon.
Making a claim
The first step in making any claim through a personal injury claim lawyer in Croydon is to phone up Accident Advice Helpline and speak to one of our team of advisors.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and you can talk to someone straight away. Call anytime, too – the lines are open 24/7.
If you’d prefer that someone call you instead, no problem – text “claim365” to 88010 and someone will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
How a personal injury claim lawyer in Croydon helps
Those who qualify to claim will have their cases passed to our legal team, which consists of ‘no win, no fee*’ solicitors. They work on behalf of accident victims, aiming to secure them compensation payments.
A successful settlement means that the client gets a payout. This is a sum of money made up of two elements:
- One for pain, suffering and loss of amenity
- One for the reimbursement of expenses
For this reason, it’s important to keep hold of receipts for expenses such as taxis, home helps, childminders and prescriptions. If you need to pay for something purely because of the accident, file the receipt away somewhere safe. Why not keep everything related to your case in one file? It will be much easier to access everything when you decide to make a claim.
Avoiding problems on the road in winter
Stay safe when the weather’s bad:
- Check your brakes – do the pads or discs need replacing?
- Check your tyres – is there sufficient tread?
- Check your fluid levels – do you have enough oil, antifreeze, and washer fluid?
- Check your battery – are you draining it with your stop-start trips? Get a charger!
- Check your lights – do all the bulbs work? Are the lights clean?
- Check your windows – can you see through the windscreen? What about the other windows? Make sure all the glass is clean.
Remember: if you do get injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible – and when you’re recovering, why not make a call to Accident Advice Helpline?
Date Published: 16th November 2014
Author: David Brown