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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Test Valley car accident

    It is always a good idea to leave about a car’s length between yourself and the vehicles in front and behind you when you are driving on any road. The reason for this is that even if you are driving safely, you cannot be 100% certain that everyone else on the road will be. If something happens that causes a dangerous situation on the road, there needs to be enough space between you and the cars around you that everyone can stop without hitting another car. On a fine, sunny day, leaving about this length is more than enough to keep you and the other drivers safe, but in other conditions you must be careful and leave a little more space.

    Here are some of the times when you should try to be more careful:

    • When you are tired. Being tired slows your reaction times, and can also mean that you pay less attention. You need extra space to slow down if something happens.
    • When you are in someone else’s car. Whether you are sharing the driving with a friend on a long journey or have hired a car on holiday, until you get used to driving a new car it is best to leave as much space between yourself and other vehicles as possible.
    • When you are sick. If you are not feeling well, leave plenty of space because your brain is likely to be foggier, and you may need to stop in plenty of time.
    • When it is raining or foggy. Rain and fog equal less visibility, which can make it difficult to spot hazards before they become an issue.
    • When it is snowing or icy. As well as lowering visibility, snow and ice make the ground much more slippery, which can cause you difficulty in stopping short. Leave more space in icy conditions than you would even in wet ones.
    • When driving in a new area. You are less likely to be able to spot potential hazards in an area where you are trying to find your route as well.

    How to claim for a Test Valley car accident

    If you are involved in a Test Valley car accident which was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another driver, you may be in a great position to claim compensation for your injuries. The best way to find out whether you are entitled to a compensation claim, and find experienced injury lawyers who can process your claim easily, is to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our friendly, helpful team will be more than happy to talk to you about your Test Valley car accident and whether or not making a compensation claim is a good idea.

    Date Published: 12th June 2014

    Author: David Brown

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