If you’ve been victim of a car crash in Uttlesford, that happen from time to time, and you were not to blame for the incident, you may want to consider using the no win, no fee** services of Accident Advice Helpline (as recommended by well known people’s consumer champion Esther Rantzen) to help you to launch a claim for financial compensation.
However, we hope you were wearing your seatbelt at the time of the accident, as if you were not, and as a result you sustained the injury in question, it could well jeopardise your claim, or the size of any award for compensation that you may receive.
Seatbelts save lives
In spite of the publicity that there has been over the years about the importance of wearing a seatbelt when driving or riding in a car (remember “clunk click every trip?”), many people still risk serious injury by failing to buckle up. According to statistics, if everyone was to wear their seatbelts when travelling in a car, it would save approximately 300 lives each and every year!
It is a legal requirement to wear a seatbelt whether you are the driver or a passenger. Failure to do so could cost you up to £500.
Exceptions to the rule
There are certain exceptions to the seatbelt rule. You don’t need to wear one if you are:
- a driver who is reversing his/her vehicle, or a driving instructor supervising a learner driver who is reversing the vehicle;
- in a vehicle which is being used for police or fire and rescue services;
- a passenger riding in a trade vehicle and investigating a fault;
- driving a commercial vehicle and making deliveries to stops no more than 50 metres apart; or
- the driver of a licensed taxi seeking trade or carrying passengers.
Medical exceptions to wearing a seatbelt
There are also certain medical exceptions whereby you may be excused from wearing a seatbelt. If this is the case, your doctor should give you a “Certificate of Exemption from Compulsory Seatbelt Wearing.” This certificate must be kept in your vehicle at all times, and shown to the police if you are stopped. If you do have one of these certificates, then you should inform your car insurer.
Other medical exceptions — pregnancy and disability
It is also incumbent on pregnant women to wear a seatbelt unless their doctor advises otherwise for medical reasons, in which case one of the above mentioned certificates should be issued. It’s also a legal requirement for disabled drivers to wear seatbelts unless advised otherwise by their doctor for medical reasons.
Claiming when you’ve been the victim of a car crash in Uttlesford
Anyone using Accident Advice Helpline to launch compensation claims for injuries sustained through no fault of their own in Uttlesford road traffic accidents will benefit from:
- AAH’s no win, no fee* service, as recommended by Esther Rantzen;
- use of our free 30-second online compensation calculator;
- access to our top customer support service; and
- use of our free 24/7 helpline: 0800 689 0500 from landlines and 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: 22nd August 2014
Author: David Brown