Cheap Hi-Vis jackets lead to increased number of Road Accidents Claims road safety experts?
They look bright in the shop but the real test is whether Hi-Vis jackets work in the dark or poor light. The thing is that cheap imports that do not conform to British and European standards could be leading to an increase in the number of road accidents claims many road safety experts.
Not all Hi-Vis products are equal and when purchasing them there are a few pointers that people should look out for namely the British Standard or European Standard mark or number. A number of road accidents claims road safety experts could be prevented if the correct reflective garments were worn.
If being on the open road as a walker, jogger, or horse rider it is imperative that other road users can see you. Modern protective clothing is both stylish and practical but must meet the right standard.
These standards are being reviewed and changed on a regular basis and it is important for individuals to constantly make sure that they have the most up to date reflective clothing.
There is a problem and this is around cheap imports purchased from those selling cheap imitations of reflective clothing. These items do not have the required standard and are leading to an increase in the number of road accidents claims many of the road safety organisations including the British Horse Society leading exponent of road safety for the horse fraternity in the UK.
This sentiment is echoed by other road users including those representing cyclists and pedestrian road users. Road users other than those in vehicles such as car, van and lorry drivers are still at a disadvantage on the roads in terms of their vulnerability. They usually have the worst injuries if they are involved in an accident with a vehicle.
Should the worst happen and an individual is involved in an accident, compensation for any road accidents claims independent accident compensation specialist Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) then help is at hand. A Freephone call on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to them and potential claimants can be in contact with one of our experts AAH partner with should they choose to proceed further with their claim.
In the meantime prevention is better than cure and vulnerable road users should be careful where they buy their reflective clothing from. A cheap imitation may not be a cheap as is first thought. For some items an inferior quality product may not have and knock on effects if it does not perform as well as it should. With reflective clothing the owner may not have a second chance if the product performs badly.
Date Published: 21st January 2013
Author: David Brown