Nestled at the foothills of the Pennines and in the heart of West Yorkshire, Bradford is home to no less than two UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as the unique combination of a thriving city centre and unspoiled countryside. From the multicultural demographic to the historical richness, Bradford is a wonderful place to live and to work.
In Bradford, life slows down a little. It’s all about good tea, good friends and good conversation. You would hope that you’d never need to look for a personal injury solicitor in Bradford, but unfortunately that’s the nature of the beast; you cannot predict when an accident will strike, even in the sleepy towns of Haworth and Saltaire.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we specialise in helping you find personal injury solicitors Bradford residents can trust to do a great job on their case. Whether you’ve been injured at work, in an accident on the road or in a slip or fall that was not your fault, we’re here to help.
Road traffic accidents in Bradford
During the rush hours of normal weekdays, we all expect some degree of congestion on the roads. But if you live or work in the Bradford area, your experience could be worse than most. A study by Tom Tom into traffic queues found that the Leeds and Bradford areas were the 7th most congested in Europe, with drivers spending an average of 86 hours per year queueing.
All this waiting and queuing is bound to lead to frustration, which can mean drivers are more susceptible to a loss of concentration, or doing something silly. This, in turn, leads to road traffic accidents in Bradford, which are not an uncommon occurrence.
Across the Bradford district, there are more than 1,000 road traffic accidents reported every year, resulting in more than 1,600 injured road users. One road has been highlighted as an accident blackspot, which is the A650 from Birstall to Keighley, which saw 542 accidents in the four-year period. Another road in Keighley town centre was named as the areas second most dangerous, with more than 60 accidents taking place on the A629 at North Street over four years.
Assessing road traffic accidents in Bradford for 2015, the local council stated that the trend was for an overall reduction in people killed and seriously injured, with 8 per cent less than the previous year. The number of cyclists injured on the road was down too, with 7 per cent less than previous years. Pedestrian injuries, however, increased for the third consecutive year, with 326 injuries over the course of 2015.
In general, Bradford is not a dangerous place to drive, but it is just as susceptible to unexpected accidents as anywhere else in the UK. If you’ve been involved in a car crash in Bradford and need legal expertise, call our friendly advisers today and we’ll be happy to help.
Whiplash accident in Bradford
With the high volume of traffic passing through Bradford every day, and the lengthy jams that send many motorists off to sleep, it’s hardly surprising that there are hundreds of low speed, minor injury accidents happening on the road every year in the city. Although these accidents may not be as devastating as a high-speed crash on the A650, they can still result in life changing injuries that should not be ignored.
Even a low speed shut at as slow as five miles per hour can cause devastating injuries. Whiplash is one of the most commonly reported conditions resulting from low speed accidents, which describes the whip-like motion of the head as it is snapped back and forth following an unexpected impact. This type of motion damages soft tissue in the neck and shoulders, and although many cases clear up within a few weeks to a couple of months, many accident victims are never quite right again.
Whiplash is the most frequently reported personal injury that we deal with here at Accident Advice Helpline. As an injury that doesn’t always show up at the time of the crash, and one which is very difficult to prove, it can be tough to secure compensation for this type of pain. Our personal injury solicitors for Bradford victims are very used to fighting the corner for their clients, using case law and independent medical investigations to support their cases.
Around a third of people who get whiplash from a car accident never go on to claim compensation. That’s unfortunate for them, as one in four will continue to experience pain and problems many years after the event. Whether you were a driver, passenger or someone else, we can help you claim the compensation you deserve if someone else caused you accident.
Of course, whiplash can also be caused by other types of accident, by awkward falls, by being hit on the head by something and many other situations. If you’ve had a whiplash diagnosis and someone else caused your accident, we’re here to help you too.
Slips, trips and falls in Bradford
It might surprise you to know that slips, trips and falls in Bradford are the single biggest reason for people to become injured. Whether it’s falling from height while working, slipping on spilt food in a restaurant, or tripping over trailing cables at a roadworks site, people in Bradford seem to spend a good deal of time falling down.
As much as watching someone else fall over can be hilarious, when it turns out they are seriously hurt from the fall, it’s certainly no joking matter. Because we naturally put out our hands to save us when we feel we are falling, many people end up with broken wrists, strains and sprains as a result of even a minor fall.
Falling from height at work is the biggest cause of fatalities as reported to the HSE, and even if a fall doesn’t end in death it can often leave the victim disabled, seriously injured or with restricted mobility for life. Before you laugh next time someone falls over, check they are OK, and think whether it was really their fault that they fell.
Sometimes it’s pure bad luck that sees us tumbling down. Missed footing, bad shoes and lack of concentration are all that is to blame. But other times, and more often than you’d think, actually our fall could have been prevented if someone else was being more careful. Situations like:
- Slipping on something that should have been cleaned up
- Slipping on a wet surface that should have had a warning sign
- Falling down a gap or hole that was not adequately warned about
- Tripping on carelessly placed tools or cables
There are numerous situations where a slip, trip or fall in Bradford was completely unnecessary, and could have been prevented by a more conscientious attitude. Why should you suffer with these injuries when your accident was not your fault?
With the help of a specialist personal injury solicitor Bradford fall victims can get the justice they deserve. Talk to Accident Advice Helpline today to see if you can make a claim.
Work accident in Bradford
With a population of over 500,000, Bradford is a relatively densely populated area. Pockets of exclusion, where unemployment reaches as high as 25 per cent, are not uncommon, although other areas are among the least deprived in all of the UK. The economy of Bradford is one of the largest in the region, currently third behind Leeds and Sheffield.
Some of the major companies based here include financial businesses, such as Santander UK, Provident Financial and Yorkshire Building Society, textile businesses including British Wool Marketing Board, chemical companies including BASF and engineering employers such as NG Bailey. Popular UK supermarket Morrisons has its headquarters in Bradford, as does the utility company Yorkshire Water.
With such a range of employers and job opportunities in the area, work accidents in Bradford are no more or less common than most other places in the UK. Across the country, almost two million people will either be injured at work or will report an illness which is either caused by or made worse by their job. A proportion of these live or work in Bradford, and could be suffering unnecessarily.
Your employer has a duty of care, which means to provide a safe and healthy environment in which to work. This means providing not only a safe workplace in terms of layout, minimisation of hazards and risk management, but also providing the appropriate training, safety equipment and machine servicing to let you do your job without harm. City of Bradford council provides more information on the responsibilities of your employer and what you should expect as an employee.
If your employer has failed to adhere to this, and has put you at risk, you should not accept that this is the way things are. If, unfortunately, you have been injured as a result, you have a right and responsibility to seek compensation for your accident. Not only will this course of action furnish you with valuable finances to cushion the blow of being out of work, it will also ensure that practices are changed and could protect others from being hurt in the future.
The law around accidents at work is complex, and requires a specialist legal representative; not every personal injury solicitor in Bradford will be able to manage this case effectively. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we bring you the best personal injury solicitor for Bradford accidents at work, so that you can secure the maximum compensation with the minimum hassle for you.
Getting in touch
We’re here to help, no matter what the nature of your accident. All our cases work on a no-win, no-fee* basis, meaning there’s nothing to pay to start your claim and no worries about big legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. The sooner you start your claim, the easier it will be for our injury solicitors to contact Bradford police or employers to get the evidence that they need.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500, or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993. We’re always happy to offer advice, and you’re under no obligation to go ahead with anything just by taking to us. Call today and find out for yourself just how much you could claim.