Cardiff is the capital of Wales and its biggest city. It is situated in the South of the country and has become a significant economic area in the UK, known for being home to Wales’ media industry, the seat of the National Assembly of Wales and its many sporting venues, including the Principality Stadium, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff City Stadium and the Cardiff International Sports Stadium.
Formerly an industrial economy based around coal mining and the production of iron and steel, like many cities in the UK it has evolved to become a financial and business centre too. It is also one of the most popular destination cities in the UK for tourists, who are drawn there by its local landmarks, large shopping centres and, in recent years, the Doctor Who Experience, a major attraction drawing upon the success of the show that made Cardiff its home since it returned to screens in 2005.
Cardiff is also a thriving hotspot for music too, with bands such as the Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals and Catatonia all hailing from the city.
As a bustling metropolitan hub and a significant tourist destination, Cardiff is always busy. As with any major city, unexpected accidents can occur from time to time. When you’ve been hurt in such an accident and someone else was at fault, you could seek compensation for your injuries.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we’ve been working to help innocent accident victims make successful personal injury claims for over 16 years. Our team includes some of the best personal injury solicitors in the country, and with a complete no-win, no-fee* service, you can be confident you won’t be left out of pocket.
We’ve helped thousands of Cardiff residents claim compensation already; if you were injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault, we can help you too.
Road traffic accidents in Cardiff
Accidents on the roads are common in all major cities in the UK, and Cardiff is no exception. The Welsh Government has set targets for reducing the numbers of people killed or seriously injured on the roads in the country after fatalities increased between 2012 and 2013. Between 2013 and 2015, those numbers fell from 867 to 816. While the reduction is welcomed, the figure is still significant.
Cardiff’s Road Safety Centre has launched a campaign to prevent people becoming a ‘Fatal Five’ statistic; that is, being a victim of a road traffic accident caused by speeding, alcohol, drugs, use of mobile phones and not wearing a seatbelt. Each year more than 1,000 people are injured on the roads in Cardiff, a figure the Road Safety Centre is keen to drive down.
Cardiff is very much a 24-hour city, and as such is busy on the roads, not just at rush hour, but around the clock. Research shows that congestion is an issue around 15 per cent of the time in the city, and that drivers spend on average 32 hours a year stuck in jams at peak times.
Some roads in the city are busier than others, and more prone to accidents too. Even in 30mph zones, accidents can happen, with the A4161 by Cardiff Castle witness to no less than 11 accidents last year. On the same road between Queen Street and Elm Street, eight accidents took place last year, the same number as happened between the Albany Road and the A4232 flyover. And it’s not just vehicle drivers and passengers in danger either.
Statistics show than one in five cycling accidents in Wales happens in Cardiff, crowing the city the most dangerous place for bike riders in the country. On average, there are 107 road traffic accidents in Cardiff involving a bike each year, many of which result in serious or minor injuries.
If you were injured in road traffic accidents in Cardiff, whether as a driver or passenger, a cyclist or pedestrian, and you think someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to compensation. Finding a personal injury solicitor in Cardiff to help you can be tough, which is why we’re here to make it as easy as possible.
Accident Advice Helpline offer you simple, straightforward access to the best legal representation in the business, so that you can have your claim handled with the minimum of stress. Call us today for free, no-obligation advice on how to start your claim.
Whiplash accident in Cardiff
Whiplash is an often-misunderstood injury. Rising numbers of people diagnosed with this injury have led to scepticism around the validity of such diagnosis, and a certain stigma around making a claim for whiplash. However, when you look at the facts, the rising number of people suffering a whiplash accident in Cardiff is really quite understandable.
Firstly, the UK has a higher density of cars on the roads compared to other EU countries, and more traffic means more chances of a collision. Most people travel with seatbelts on these days, which saves thousands of lives each year but does leave the head and neck vulnerable. Even at a very low speed, as slow as five miles per hour, the force of a shunt is directly transferred to the only free moving part of the body – the head – and as such increases the risk of this type of neck and back injury.
All too many people miss out on making a compensation claim for whiplash, either because they feel their injury was ‘not that bad’ or because they are worried about the stigma. In fact, nearly 40% of people who are involved in a whiplash accident in Cardiff never go on to make a claim at all. This could leave them out of pocket, and although whiplash is usually a minor injury, in some cases it can go on to be life changing.
Symptoms of whiplash include muscle pain, headaches, jaw pain, dizziness, fatigue, confusion and others. These symptoms usually develop over a day or two, and most commonly subside within a couple of days or weeks, although 20% of victim’s report symptoms lasting over a year. Living with these symptoms can impact on work, social activities and looking after a family. Is it fair that they should suffer in silence?
Finding a great personal injury solicitor in Cardiff is crucial if you want to be successful in your claim for whiplash compensation, as it can be tough to prove and difficult to argue. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have already helped thousands of people just like you to get the award they deserved following a whiplash accident that wasn’t their fault, and we’re ready to help you too.
Our specialist solicitors have the expertise and experience you need to give your claim the very best chance of success. Don’t settle for less than the best; call us today and let us help you secure the compensation your injuries deserve.
Slips, trips and falls in Cardiff
The most common accidents occurring every year in the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive, are slips, trips and falls. Such accidents might seem minor in comparison with other more serious incidents, but they can sometimes result in injuries that are no laughing matter at all.
Whether it’s tripping over a cable in an office or slipping on a wet floor, slips, trips and falls in Cardiff can result in serious injuries; broken bones, cuts and bruises, head and back trauma and more. We have a right to expect to go about our business without being put in danger, and that means being able to walk down stairs, through malls, around town and about our place of work without encountering danger. When someone else’s negligence puts a hazard in our path, and we are hurt as a result, they shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it.
The repercussions of such accidents can mean losing the ability to work, to support your family, to engage in social activities and to maintain our usual quality of life. No matter what kind of slip, trip or fall you experienced, and no matter how serious your injuries were, if you believe someone else was to blame, you could be entitled to make a claim. Such an award could help you to recover some or all of your costs, including loss of earnings if you had to take time off work to recover, not to mention giving you a valuable financial cushion that will allow you to focus on your recovery.
Talk to one of our friendly, professional advisors today and find out if you are eligible to claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
Work accident in Cardiff
The city of Cardiff has slightly higher levels of unemployment than the UK average, 4.8% versus 4.7%, but employment figures are generally representative of the country as a whole. Around 200,000 people live and work in the city each day, and despite its history of heavy industry and manufacturing, only around nine per cent of these workers are still employed in this industry.
In modern day Cardiff, the largest employment sector by far is public administration, health and education, with one in three workers in the city employed in this type of job. Banking and finance is important here too, with 20 per cent of the workforce in these professions. There is also a large proportion of jobs in hotels, restaurants and retail, demonstrating the importance of tourism and the impact of developments such as the St. David’s Centre, one of the largest shopping centres in the UK.
Although being in a work accident in Cardiff was probably more of a risk back when the city ran on heavy industry, there are still thousands of accidents reported each year, even in seemingly ‘safe’ professions. Health and social work, in particular, have a high incidence of sickness at work as well as injuries from manual handling, and the hospitality industry is known for its fair share of kitchen based accidents too.
Even in an office, an accident can happen, particularly if your employer has not been taking health and safety seriously. Cardiff City Council provides advice on health and safety on its website, including how to report health and safety issues and information on accident investigations.
If you were injured in an accident at work and you believe your employer was at fault, compensation could help you to cover some or all of the costs you incurred as a result. That could include loss of earnings, medical bills, travel costs and prescription charges. If your accident was serious, it could even help you to cover personal care or help around the home.
Not only that, but a claim for compensation could encourage your employer to change and improve their practices to prevent anyone else coming to harm. Call us today to find out how we can help you to get your claim started.
It’s easy to make a claim
You’ve been through enough stress dealing with your injuries; that’s why we make it as easy as possible to make a claim. All you need to do is make a free, no-obligation call to our helpline, where our friendly advisers will talk you through the claims process in full and take more details on your accident.
They’ll give you all the advice you need to decide if you’d like to make a claim, but the choice is entirely yours. You won’t face any pressure to decide; we have over 16 years’ experience in this field and we’re one of the largest law firms in the UK helping people to make compensation claims because we put you, the customer, first.
You don’t need to worry about finding a personal injury solicitor in Cardiff, because our legal team are able to process the majority of your claim over the phone. That means you can secure the very best legal representation for your needs without even leaving the house, and because we work on a no-win, no-fee* basis, you can do it without worrying about the costs too.
So, why wait? Call us today free from a landline on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993 (charges may vary). One call is all it takes to start your claim for compensation.