September 20 | Motoring
It is estimated that 33% of fatal road accidents in the UK involve drivers and passengers that were not wearing their seat belt. It has been a legal requirement in the UK since 1983 to wear a belt, and for good reason. Without wearing a seat belt, you are endangering the lives of not only yourself but others around you, and leaving everyone exposed to the risk of serious injury.
In the event of a Road Traffic Accident, it is the person who is not wearing a belt that will suffer the most injury and usually end up causing severe injury to fellow occupants of the vehicle. The wearing of a seat belt is the most basic form of road safety equipment fitted in any vehicle. Vehicles today come with a whole host of safety features, however the tried and trusted seatbelt should always be used on any journey, no matter how small.
If you have suffered a non fault accident in the last three years, or were a passenger in any vehicle regardless of fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
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The Met Office has reported the wettest April in 2012 since records began over 100 years ago.
Although the rainfall was welcomed by farmers, it was not welcomed by Britain’s road users.
We have seen a marked increase in the number of road traffic accidents in April and in a majority of the claims reported we have noted that the inclement weather conditions played a large part.
Motorists were travelling too close and too fast behind the vehicle in front, often in the pouring rain resulting in the inevitable rear end collision, after the innocent driver had slowed down or come to a stop.
The Ministry of Justice has reported record numbers of unauthorised claims management companies have been shut down within the last year.
Nearly 350 firms were closed down last year in comparison to 35 the year before – a ten-fold increase.
This follows the Ministry of Justice’s reforms including restructuring ‘no win, no fee’ deals to discourage needless and excessive litigation as well as reviewing the way advertising is used by claims management companies to attract business.
The 349 firms who had their licences taken away in 2010/11 were either found to be in breach of rules or failed to meet the regulator’s requirements for authorisation.
In the worst cases, the reasons for action included evidence of fraud, misleading marketing and aggressive sales techniques.