RTAs are one of the biggest causes of civil injury, and we here at Accident Advice Helpline are often commissioned to help people with launching Swindon claims for personal injuries they’ve suffered as a result.
The red flag laws
Car design and technology has advanced much since the early days, when the red flag laws were in force, stating that 3 people must accompany or ride in a car, (including the driver), one of whom had to walk 60 yards in front of the vehicle brandishing a red flag. When a car approached a horse, being ridden, or pulling a horse-drawn vehicle, the car had to stop, and the driver and/or passengers had to be prepared to help the horse and/or horse-drawn vehicle to pass by.
Common sense prevailed
The red flag laws were passed by both the UK and the USA in the latter part of the 19th century. But in the state of Vermont, the legislation was about to go even further saying that, and we quote, “All motorists piloting their “horseless carriages”, upon chance encounters with cattle or livestock to (1) immediately stop the vehicle, (2) “immediately and as rapidly as possible… disassemble the automobile,” and (3) “conceal the various components out of sight, behind nearby bushes” until equestrian or livestock is sufficiently pacified”. But common sense prevailed, and although the law somewhat ridiculously passed a reading in both houses, the governor of Pennsylvania vetoed it.
Once upon a time RTA’s were unheard of
Back in those days, RTAs were almost non-existent. Car travellers were more likely to have been injured by helping horses to pass by, than through the possibility of two cars colliding. The red flag laws were repealed in 1896, shortly after the internal combustion engine began being mass produced.
Today many RTA’s result in the launching of many Swindon claims for personal injuries
With the millions of cars on UK roads today, and the considerably faster speeds we travel at, accidents are unfortunately a foregone conclusion, in fact in the year 2012, there were over 187,000 injuries caused by RTAs. If you are one of the many people injured in the plethora of RTA’s, many of which result in us here at AAH being asked to help with the launching of a number of Swindon claims, you too might like to consider employing our no win no fee services, which come highly recommended by the well-known people’s consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
Estimating how much compensation you may be awarded
In terms of the amount of compensation that you could be awarded, you can get an estimate for this by using the interactive calculator you’ll find on this page. It only takes about 30 seconds of your time.
Freephone advice line
For anyone who needs help, we also operate a free helpline. You can access this from any landline, by calling 0800 689 0500, or if you’re using your mobile, by calling 0333 500 0993. All initial advice will be given free of charge and without obligation.
Date Published: 11th July 2014