You may remember our blog back in February regarding the recalls for faulty tumble dryers which were causing fires. One such instance has led to a tower block in London catching fire recently, all down to a single tumble dryer.
Tumble dryers require care from owners to make sure they work in good condition and do not pose any electrical or fire risks when around the house. Our aforementioned blog made sure to point out necessary checks to keep them in good running order including:
Emptying the filter between loads
Giving the vents room to pump air
Ensuring the ventilation pipe has no kinks or dents
Ensuring loads are suitably sized
Not leaving on overnight
If one or more of these guidelines are not followed, a tumble dryer can turn from a useful tool to being a very large fire risk. This risk is what caused the fire (video above) to start in the block of flats and as many of us know, fires move very quickly under the right conditions.
If the injury caused was not related to the fault which has been identified as being dangerous, then it could be that you were at least in some way contributory to the incident. Thankfully with the fire in the tower block, nobody was injured.
If however anybody had been caught in the blaze and suffered burn injuries or even worse, as a result of somebody not giving the tumble dryer airing room, not keeping a filter clean or overloading the machine, it can be argued the user has heavily assisted the cause.
If you contribute towards a product becoming dangerous, it is less likely you will be awarded full compensation if any, which means having a product repaired or switched after learning of the recall is the best case scenario for safety purposes.
If you, a friend or a family member has suffered from an injury when using a recalled product, be it burn injury, cut, bruise, break or other, you can get in touch with the team at Sincere Law to help plan what course of action is available.
We deal with serious injuries and as such have experts including doctors, physiotherapists, psychotherapists and financial planners able to help plan not just the immediate future, but the long term stability of an injury sufferer and their family needs long term.
If you would like advice on how to go about resolving a serious injury and help plan the required treatment, rehabilitation and financial planning in the long term, you can get in touch by calling our team on 0800 092 2896. We understand that serious injuries require much more time and effort than a normal injury, and that’s why we exist at Sincere Law.
A common occurrence in modern football is the use of pyrotechnics (sometimes referred to as flares). Alternatives also proving popular include smoke bombs. Those who use them see them as a tool to make an atmosphere better but given that they can burn at temperatures up to 1600℃, could flares be a hazard just waiting to claim their first life in English football?
Tune in to watch any European football game these days and you will likely see, at some point, billowing smoke emblazoned with the colour of one of the teams. A practice very much the norm in a lot of European countries; the use of flares is argued to help fans feel more raucous. It also serves as a method of unnerving the opposition, as experienced by Manchester United back in 1993 when they travelled to Galatasaray in Turkey. Flares, drums and flags emblazoned with “Welcome to Hell” provided the intimidating atmosphere, which ultimately saw them lose out on away goals with a 0 – 0 scoreline.
Borrusia Dortmund Fans Put On Display Vs Shalke
As good at creating an atmosphere as flares can be, there is always going to be a risk that misuse of these party tricks can lead to serious damage. Pyros made for use at football games, often burn at 1600℃ (the melting point of steel). Incidents in foreign football matches in recent years involving flares have seen severe burn injuries and even death.
English football has changed immensely since the 1980’s, where hooliganism was commonplace. The 80s era was typified by groups of fans meeting to fight and attitudes on the terraces being that of rebellious, obnoxious men looking to intimidate rather than enjoying the game. Flares and smoke bombs were more commonplace as behavior was abhorred by the general public.
It is a far cry from where we are at now, with many clubs up and down the country now welcoming families with dedicated family seating areas, activities for children and community development projects to ensure that game day is a fun experience for all. The popularity of pyrotechnic devices is, however, posing a threat to the family friendly image.
Fines & Safeguarding
No authority, neither the police nor the FA, wish to encourage an atmosphere of “sit and be quiet” within stadiums. With that said, the game in England now caters to a mass audience and the risks of injury are treated very seriously. Dangerous behavior, including handling these extremely hot (and illegal) devices is something that staff at the grounds continues to stamp out.
Police routinely check fans before entering the stadium and have been urged to clamp down on offenders across the country, in an effort to provide a safe atmosphere for all. Not only is there a risk of burning people from using a pyro, or causing inhalation problems from smoke bombs; but causing harm is also a negligent action. From a legal standpoint, being caught using a pyro device and causing physical harm is both an illegal offence and runs the risk of an injury claim against the offender.
Liverpool Fans Throw Smoke Bomb Before a Pre Season Friendly Vs Preston North End
Don’t Run the Risk
Modern football in England aims to be a community event, with clubs trying to be as accessible as possible to all. With many clubs allocating areas for families, supporters who wish to partake in atmosphere building have plenty of choice to enjoy their team in their own particular way; be that utilising flags, chants or instruments.
To avoid unnecessary risks of burns or criminal action, footballing authorities and the vast majority of football fans would implore pyrotechnic devices be kept away from games. With campaigns by authorities and the support of the vast majority of attendees, the aim is to make your local stadium a place you’d be happy to take your children and family.
Injuries caused by flares are not to be taken lightly, as just small touches from a lit flare can cause extensive burning and scarring. Should you suffer a burn from a flare at a game, we suggest reporting the incident to the nearest stewards and police as soon as possible.
Police often have CCTV facilities and keep an eye on a flare once lit. If you are injured, then Sincere Law has dealt with burn injury claims for many years and can help you get much needed compensation against those disrupting the game and acting negligently. If you would like to speak to us about a burn injury or any other form of serious injury you can call us on 0800 092 2896 or get in touch by filling in our claim form. Get the help you need today from the UK’s premier serious injury solicitors.
Flares in Football – Your Say?
@5liveSport why show idiot fans setting off flares. Dangerous and bad security!
In recent months, many UK news outlets have reported on a worrying trend with the revolution that is ‘vaping’ in which some brands’ batteries have leaked and caught fire in users’ pockets causing very serious damage. Sincere Law takes a look at the growing trend of E-Cigarette users and the safety problems faced by manufacturers.
The New Sensation
Back in 2007 the UK became smoke free in public environments including pubs and clubs, public transport and inside the workplace. While smoking has seen a gradual decrease in the number of smokers within the UK year on year since the 1970’s (when 45% of the population smoked), the largest decreases have been during the early to mid 2000s when plans to introduce the ban were finalised and implemented. Between 2002 and 2010 we saw a drop of 6% with a further 1% fall in 2013.
With the fall in usage, we have seen the rise of a popular alternative thought to be much healthier while recreating smoking a traditional cigarette; E-cigarettes. 2003 saw the first real incarnations of electronic cigarettes from retailers, in the 13 years since, the UK has seen a large percentage of former smokers divert to E-Cigarettes in the hope of protecting their long term health. In 2014 alone nearly 900,000 people used E-cigarettes in an attempt to stop smoking.
With the popularity and rapid rise of the E-cigarette, it is no surprise that multiple brands have emerged to challenge for market supremacy. With so many brands available of varying designs, there comes a risk of defective products utilising design errors or poor quality materials.
The act of vaping is similar to that of inhaling asthma medicine (making the inhalation process safer); the batteries used by many manufacturers are what is causing the failures; many being deemed unsafe due to their volatile nature. While no regulation is in place just yet to control quality of E-cigarette brands (beyond normal product safety laws), the spate of accidents in the last few years has prompted discussion about how they are made.
Smoking Vs Vaping
The effects of smoking have been well documented by government agencies, charities and past smokers. E-cigarettes; despite suffering the recent malfunctions, are still considered the long term healthier option. The effects of first and second hand smoke (not always from a cigarette) can have life changing effects on the lungs and respiratory system. In the current climate the trend of inhaling flavoured vapour seems a much more eco friendly option as the molecules absorbed from the vapour do not cause damage to the lungs like the inhaled tar and carbon monoxide do.
Plans have recently been put forward by the government to tax E-cigarettes the same as normal cigarettes due to the nicotine (potentially affecting people’s choice to substitute to E-cigarettes). A new tax would put both on similarly equal footing financially. E-cigarettes however would still maintain its current health advantages. Whether UK smokers will be fully converting to electronic in the future remains to be seen, but for now, even with teething problems, the E-cigarette is definitely on the rise.
We took to Twitter to find some of your opinions and experiences with using E-cigarettes. Some of you have even seen your E-cigarette explode as reported in recent news.
So one of my e-cig battery’s just caught fire in my pocket…
In recent weeks, there have been widespread reports of tumble dryers catching fire in UK homes, destroying property and endangering the lives of many families. Automatic recalls are currently being imposed for repairs, but in the meantime we wanted to do our bit to ensure your dryer performs as safely as you would expect.
What’s Causing the Fires?
A selection of dryers, sold under the brands of Creda, Hotpoint, Indesit, and Whirlpool over the last 11 years, have been identified as having a fault in which excess lint from previous washes can come into contact with the heating element, therefore risking fire. The faults have prompted safety notices on both the Hotpoint & Indesit websites.
Within the four brands involved, there are reportedly 5.3 million affected tumble dryers, of which, around 750 have caused fires since 2004. While that is a very small number of cases in relation to the affected number, it still requires resolving. Should you own a tumble dryer from these brands, it is advised to get in touch with the manufacturer and find out if yours needs repairing.
Whether you have an affected model or not there are some easy-to-follow instructions to keep your tumble dryer working at its best without risking fire. It’s important for all owners to remember when running one regularly that, being electrical devices that produce hot air, tumble dryers exhaust a lot of heat and should be taken care of. Our top tips for keeping yours running smoothly include:
1. Ventilation, Ventilation, Ventilation
Tumble Dryers produce heat from their ventilation ports when in use. The tendency of many tumble dryer owners is to place theirs in an enclosed space with no room for the hot air to escape during a cycle. A heavily used dryer, placed in such an environment, could at some point suffer a blowout of its motor, the burning of wires or even produce enough heat to impact surrounding surfaces. Give your tumble dryer room to breathe while it’s at work.
2. Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness
The front of every tumble dryer contains a tray which collects the lint from each load. These trays are very easy to remove and empty into the bin. Before every load, it is vitally important to empty the tray as a build-up of lint over many washes can create an exceptional risk. What may seem like an unassuming tray of fluff could be the very cause of a large fire.
3. Having a Kink Is Not Okay!
Ventilation has already been mentioned in this list, but it cannot be stressed enough that keeping your machine cool while running hot is a huge fire risk reduction. Part of that ventilation system is the ventilation pipe. These pipes are the wide, ribbed pipes providing the main source of hot air escape. Not only should the end of these pipes find an open area to ventilate into, they should also contain no kinks or damage that can stop them doing their job. If your tumble dryer pipe has seen better days, replace it for a fresh one.
4. Do Not Overfeed
While your dryer may certainly earn it’s keep by enjoying a full load of clothes, it is important to never purposely overfill a machine (there is such a thing as too much). There will be guidelines in your manual or even on the machine itself to explain what constitutes too much. Overfilling can affect the overall temperature and of course a build-up of hot fabric which while working could present a risk of fire.
5. Supervision Is Advised
A common oversight by both tumble dryer and washing machine owners alike, is to switch the machine on as the final task of the day before heading off to bed. The washing machine is less of a fire risk, leaving the tumble dryer unattended however could prove fatal should any of the above (or other) problems occur and a fire starts. You do not necessarily have to remain in the same room as your dryer for the duration of its cycle; but it is strongly advised you do not leave yours on overnight at the risk of endangering the household and the family.
Whether your machine is from the affected brands or not, old or new, in your kitchen or elsewhere, please use yours responsibly and keep all fire risks at bay. Always remember, these types of fires are not usually electrical fires. The best way to avoid your tumble dryer catching fire is to keep it clean and always load it with a sensible amount of clothing or linen. Other fires and faults that are the result of product design itself are incidents where Sincere Law can step in and assist you. However, following safe procedure is down to that of you the user; so enjoy your dryer, treat it well and enjoy your fresh, warm laundry.
Bonfire Night is a special holiday in the UK celebrating the commemoration of the failed attempt on King James’ life by, infamous plotter, Guy Fawkes. The tradition, steeped in history, is celebrated by thousands of firework displays up and down the country, in both small-scale back garden affairs and elaborate displays in front of packed crowds.
Bonfire night poses a selection of potential injury threats when fireworks and bonfires are treated irresponsibly. They can also cause further problems if the same risks are presented to children, who may be unaware of the full potential for danger.
Our safety tips are designed to keep you aware but also able to ensure that you can enjoy what can be one of the most mesmerising nights of the year. With a little care and attention, Bonfire Night can go off with a bang and without a hitch.
To begin we touch on possibly the most common injury to children on Bonfire Night, using sparklers. These dazzling tools can provide a few moments of joy for many children by making patterns, writing their name or just waving them in the air. With a burning temperature of 2,000 degrees Celsius however, which is over 15 times the boiling point of water, third degree burns are not uncommon for those exposed to them.
The third degree is one of the most severe burns as it singes not only the epidermis but goes as deep as the dermis and the nerve endings in skin, often causing discolouration, scarring, blistering and disfigurement depending on where it takes place.
Sparklers should always be stored in a cool, dry box, only to be taken out one at a time for lighting. Always use gloves to avoid burning; this counts for both the lighter and the user. With that said, any children under the age of five are best left watching, rather than holding them themselves. Have a cold water bucket on hand for when the sparkler is spent (a used sparkler can still run hot for a long time following burnout). Cold water is the best way to ensure it cools, keeping it away from any young children who otherwise may be tempted to pick up a hot spent sparkler left on the floor.
Sparklers possibly pose the biggest threat on Bonfire Night, given the widespread use and proximity to them. It doesn’t get any closer than holding the mini firework in your hand, so the awareness of the threat they pose needs to be at the front of the mind.
Sparkler Safety with Fireman Sam
Displays vary from a humble value pack bought at the local supermarket for the back garden, to the expansive public displays like the Lord Mayor’s show in London or the most popular in the UK, Lewes Firework Display, which is attended by over 30 Bonfire groups.
Fireworks offer the best visuals, lighting up the sky in a multitude of colours and patterns. While they provide the biggest spectacle of the evening, they must be managed with care as a mishandled firework can easily become a painful and dangerous mistake.
Our advice on firework safety would be to take the safest option and take the family to a public display. Displays are a managed event and will have all the relevant health & safety safeguards required to ensure all have a safe but mesmerising time.
An organised event near you is likely to have the most expansive display around and likely to beat out anything that can be bought from a local supermarket.
If you do decide you’d like to put on a small display at home, you may find that taking time to properly set up during the day can assist the smooth running of your display and maximise safety. Read the instructions on the fireworks during the day when it’s light and lay them out ready for you to set off later that evening. If you want a seamless display, you can purchase single fuse displays that only require lighting once, removing the need to walk over and light individually (reducing risk).
If you are setting up at home, ensure your display area is clear of trees, hedges, bushes, sheds and other structures blocking the firework’s path. If you have a lot of grass near the display area we would recommend placing each firework in a bucket of soft earth, lighting them with a taper to keep any early sparks away from flammable surfaces.
When the display starts in full, keep everyone watching away from the firework area and have a first aid kit on hand as a safeguard. If you have friends or family over, who are drinking alcohol, ensure they do not try and get involved in the display. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix!
The main attraction and the annual events namesake, bonfires, are seen the length and breadth of the country. Bonfires can be made from the old shed in a back garden, good burning wood brought in for the community firework display and all manner of weird and wonderful materials. Each bonfire has its own story.
If you have made a bonfire at home and have invited visitors around for the evening, you’ll need to be aware of the threat of an open fire and manage it accordingly. You may have an effigy of Guy Fawkes sat atop your bonfire, whether you do or don’t, you’ll need to be aware of everything thrown on your bonfire to control the blaze, including what Guy is wearing.
For the base of a bonfire, it’s wise to use simple, good burning materials like cuttings of wood to build up the structure. The best materials for kindling (used to light the fire) include:
Dead plants and grasses
For the actual structure itself, it is best to use sturdy objects such as dry wood blocks, twigs and cardboard. Build up from a large base into a peak. To stop the fire spreading if it is on grass, place stones and rocks around the outer edge to contain the fire.
There should never be any highly flammable materials or liquids on the fire, as even the smallest amount can cause the fire to unexpectedly erupt, causing flames to shoot out from the main fire. Aerosols, alcohol, petrol and paints are all dangerous when thrown onto a fire given their highly reactive nature.
As with firework displays, all attendees should be placed well back in case the fire spits and should definitely be kept further away if consuming alcohol. Fireworks and alcohol are a bad mix, so is fire and alcohol.
Be Safe & Enjoy!
It can be easy to get sucked into the dangers of bonfire night, with the possibility of being burned by bonfires, fireworks and sparklers. It’s even easier if you are a parent to worry about your child, given the extensive campaigns promoting fire safety to children. The reality, however, is that if you are conscientious about the dangers and act in a level headed manner throughout the evening, you are more likely to have a fantastic time watching the flames spur up into the night, as the sky is blanketed by flashes and explosions.
Sincere Law do have the ability to help if you suffer as a result of somebody else’s negligent actions with fire or fireworks. We are open from 8am – 9pm daily and have a team of dedicated specialists to help you through a serious injury claim. To get in touch should you suffer the worst you can call on 0800 092 2896 or you can fill in our contact form here to get in touch. We do hope however that you, your family and friends have a safe, enjoyable bonfire night filled with cheer and spectacle.
Workplace injuries are commonplace in the UK. While we often have training, risk assessments and dedicated staff in place to reduce the number of incidents, they do still happen. Being a serious injury specialist, Sincere Law deals with these kinds of injury cases on a daily basis. What however, are the most common accidents found within the workplace? We’ve put together the top 5 most common accident type to help you stay alert and avoid serious injury while at work.
1. Slips, trips & falls
Slips, trips and falls are by a long way the most common cause of serious injury to UK workers. In 2014 the number of combined serious slips, trips and falls reported by employees reached just over 27,500.
What’s interesting about this number reported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was that all these reported accidents included only incidents resulting in a more than 7 day absence from work. According to statistics, 57% of major injuries to UK employees were the result of a slip, trip or fall on duty.
This type of injury can seriously damage somebody; from slipping on a wet floor and fracturing bones, to tripping over poorly placed objects, causing a fall and potentially risking severe damage to not only bones but the brain if the fall is particularly bad. Negligence is quite often the reason for these accidents, with incorrect equipment, unsafe environments and poor direction being the main causes.
2. Manual handling accidents
With over 18,500 workers injured by manual handling incidents in 2014 (accounting for nearly a quarter of reported injuries) these accidents make up a large number of serious injuries at work each year. Of those injured, 9 out of 10 of 2014’s manual handling accidents involved a longer than 7 day period away from work.
Handling injuries can be incredibly detrimental to the long term health of an employee, even risking their future. The most common injury caused by handling is strain and damage to the back, spine and neck. Spinal injuries can result in permanent trouble with movement, requiring lengthy spells of physiotherapy and possibly forcing early retirement if the person affected cannot perform manual tasks following injury.
Common causes of spinal injuries due to handling are overburdening of a staff member by asking to move something around their workplace and not providing proper training on how to lift and carry. Heavier loads usually require apparatus or machines to move. Proper equipment/machinery should always be provided to avoid injury.
3. Car collisions
Driving is big business in the UK. Thousands of people drive each day in company cars to and from meetings alongside those using the roads keeping our logistics network running strong, be it in a van or a heavy goods vehicle (HGV).
In 2014, 1,504 employees were involved in collisions that resulted in a stay away from work longer than a week. Road traffic accidents can obviously stem a range of injury problems from whiplash, giving the driver back, neck and head problems, to the most severe lacerations, amputations and even fatalities.
Burns at work can come in the form not only as burns from fires; electrical burns can badly scar a person just as much as direct flames. Other burn types include exposure directly to harmful substances like acids or other corrosive materials. The result can be anything from large sections of skin peeling to permanent disfigurement.
Burns as a result of exposure accounts for just over 1,000 serious injuries per year according to HSE statistics. The riskiest environments involve employees who deal with fire or corrosives on a regular basis, working with open flames or handling chemicals for example. The aftermath of burns can be long lasting and have detrimental effects on the victim’s self esteem in later life if they have been disfigured as a result of their accident.
5. Electrical accidents
Everybody is aware of the danger electricity can cause. According to statistical analysis, there are around 1,000 cases of electric shocks in the workplace each year.
Even the lowest voltages such as a 50v plug can apply enough electricity to block signals between brain and muscles, risking the heart stopping, prevention of breathing or intense spasms. Electrical accidents are commonly caused by a failure to identify a risk of electrocution due to exposed wires, faulty equipment or lack of PPC.
Electrical damage can be extremely severe with serious, long lasting, even life changing effects. These include disfigurement and burns from skin contact, loss of function in limbs and long term damage to nerves/nerve endings as well as fatality if the voltage has caused the heart to stop beating properly or affected body function.
With thousands of injuries at work each year, severe and minor, we all need to be aware of risks of our particular workplace. Our advice would be to be proactive and actively challenge managers should you be given incorrect equipment or dangerous instructions and to move any objects likely to cause falls or clean up spillages. Reducing risk is the number 1 priority in workplace safety and in an ideal world everybody will do their part to help not only themselves but their workmates too.
If you have unfortunately suffered as a result of a workplace injury that wasn’t your fault, make sure you call us today for free advice and a no hassle conversation on 0800 092 2896. Alternatively simply fill in our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
A man from Bognor Regis recently received compensation following a life changing brain injury as the result of a car accident. Included in the payment was the sound knowledge that the care he will need for the rest of his life will be covered. The article resonated with us at Sincere Law. We feel one of our most important jobs when fulfilling a claim is that everybody, including the family of the claimant, feels confident they won’t be financially insecure in the future as a result of care costs.
Dealing with serious injuries including brain injuries, spinal injuries, road accident victims, burn victims, amputees and others, we have a wealth of experience of what aftercare may be required. Changes to lifestyles of victims and their families are often needed depending on the circumstances of their injuries. Some are wheelchair bound, some need changes to the home environment, and some may need carers to assist them throughout the day. What’s important to them is that they need not panic over costs affecting them in later life.
Life after injury
As serious injury specialists, we’ve seen many cases where lives are changed significantly and the person affected needs assistance to live a comfortable, full life. At the basic level, aftercare allows you to run a home, live cleanly and feed themselves with no pressure of running into financial problems.
In the more severe injury cases, we have ensured all affected were able to fulfil future development aspirations such as going to college or university, giving access to learning at a local facility, regardless of the injury suffered. Having to radically change your life due to an accident that wasn’t your fault can be extremely stressful and worrying. With Sincere Law, we try to take away all of that and let you or your loved one fulfil those goals no matter what has happened.
Depending on circumstances, extent of injuries and the changes needed to be made to living conditions following injury; victims can often feel under strain; suffering symptoms of depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. All those conditions must be treated with extreme care. Ensuring full recovery from mental health problems is a top priority. Previously we have ensured care was provided to deal with the prevention of:
Being sent to prison
Children going into care
Family break ups
The effects of serious injury can be devastating for all concerned; to get back to normality as soon as possible is a must. The above examples are some of the most severe cases. Having your life dramatically changed can have untold effects that can harm a person and their personality. We aim to assist so that none of these situations would ever have to arise, and that you and your family can enjoy a healthy, full life after injury.
During any claim, it’s important the person involved is well looked at by medical professionals and the extent of damage is reviewed. Immediately following a serious injury, there are medical and court costs. Only looking at the present however could lead to a person and their family struggle to deal with the extended impact of possible care and alternative living arrangements needing to be made for years to come.
We asked Chris Walker, Sincere Law catastrophic and serious injury partner about aftercare in cases relating to Sincere Law, he told us:
“Without properly assessing the future needs of a serious injury claimant, it’s almost a fruitless venture to go ahead with the claim at all. Short term, the benefits of their compensation are good for them, but many people forget the financial and emotional burdens of having to deal with the lasting effects of these injuries in later life.”
Aftercare – What to expect?
Anyone who has suffered from a serious injury and wants to make a claim through Sincere Law can expect the same level of commitment towards their future as Josh has. It’s essential that we employ highly qualified experts in all fields of serious injury. That’s exactly what Sincere law can provide and will provide for all claimants. The claims process is much more than a simple compensation ruling and payout, it’s about how somebody with a serious injury will move on and continue to live their life as best they can under often very testing and difficult circumstances.
If you, a family member or anyone else has suffered from serious injury and you would like more information on our medical assessments, aftercare or would like to know if you are able to make a claim, please contact us on 0800 092 2896 or get in touch here.
It’s a campaign that aims to remind all road users to be alert for hazards while driving. Particularly, motorbikes. The “Think Bike” campaign serves to keep us vigilant to the risks on both sides of not keeping eyes on the road and surroundings while travelling. Recently, articles on collisions that have caused serious injuries and luckily some that have avoided serious injuries have spurred us at Sincere Law to help remind everyone of the importance of safe driving.
Both of the accidents in the articles we read (above) were from collisions that happened at junctions, one being a T junction and the other merging onto a motorway. These areas are the hotspots for motorbike collisions, on average “30 motorcyclists are killed or injured every day at junctions”. Our top tip, as simple as it sounds, is to take plenty of time, look both ways; don’t accelerate out of a junction too quickly. Sometimes waiting at a junction can be incredibly frustrating if traffic is busy, but waiting those few seconds is worth the trade off from potentially causing a serious road traffic accident or in the extreme, costing somebody’s life.
Of the top 5 most common causes of motorcycle accidents, 2 of them involve manoeuvring. Filtering and changing lanes are moments when not checking mirrors and keeping track of other drivers could result in serious collisions. Both driver and biker need to be sensible when filtering and changing lanes to keep themselves and others safe.
Filtering is perfectly legal and good for traffic. For bikers, it’s important in slow traffic to move at a steady pace to give drivers time to notice and react. Equally, when a driver is changing lanes, they must check mirrors, give plenty of indication time, and move steadily rather than suddenly; this way, even if a biker is not seen and approaches, they have ample time to slow down and avoid any possible collision.
Blind bends and tight roads make country driving difficult to navigate, having to adapt to the road around you. With the national speed limit in place for most of these roads, the chances of collisions while driving at these speeds are increased greatly. Road traffic accidents with serious injury and deaths sadly occur often, sometimes on the same stretch of road.
When travelling on country roads, it would be highly advisable not to allow the speed limit to govern your driving. Instead, let the inclines/declines, bends and compactness of the road make the decisions. If the road is winding and hard to judge, slow down to a comfortable pace. With so much unpredictability and difficulty predicting what could be round the next bend, it is always advisable to be safe and take a country road with a smooth, controlled journey.
With motorcyclists 38 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than a car (UK Government Statistics) and over 4,800 serious injuries occurring each year involving them, it’s important on all sides to look after each other and observe good driving etiquette. Serious and fatal injuries can have lasting effects on not only those involved but the families too. We often have to help our clients remain financially secure when making claims for serious injury as the effects can last a lifetime. Common injuries found in road traffic accidents include:
Broken & dislocated vertebrae
Traumatic brain injuries
Diffuse axonal injury
Our advice, given the latest news articles, is simply to look after one another, motorcyclist or driver; stay safe on the road and look out for fellow road users.
If you or a loved one have been unfortunate and suffered a road traffic accident in a car or on a motorcycle, get in touch with us on 0800 092 2896 or fill in our contact form. One of our advisors will be on hand to help give advice on how to move forward with a claim.
Making a claim for serious injury, whether it be for you, a partner, family or other, can be a daunting task. Often the results of serious injury claims can last for an extended period of time, long after the initial accident that causes it. Before any claims are made, it must be understood, what exactly IS serious injury considered to be in the UK and what process is involved when making a claim?
Serious Injury Defined
At its most basic level, and using clear terms, serious injury is classed as “an injury which results in a person being detained in hospital as an in patient”. In addition to this dictionary definition, there are types of injuries also included as “serious”. These are:
Burns (excluding friction burns)
Severe General Shock (requiring medical treatment even if not resulting in a stay as an in-patient.)
What’s the difference?
Personal injury and severe injury claims are to be handled separately as not all personal injury claims are serious injury claims. The major difference between the two are that non serious injuries are the opposite of the above definition, with minor injuries judged to be largely treatable at the scene of the accident. These include:
Sincere Law & Your Claim
As specialists in Serious Injury, and being the UK’s leading claims handlers, Sincere Law has all the knowledge needed to make a successful claim and help the process of rebuilding following a serious injury.
Treatment following the injury is a crucial part of a claimants post accident care. Sincere Law thankfully has some of the best and most qualified medical specialists in the UK. Our team consists of specialists in the fields of:
Head & brain injuries
More than simply getting through a claims process, we offer a thorough and complete service that allows seamless movement for a claim from beginning to end, including treatment and advice during the claim. With over 27 years of experience behind us, we have the in house, expert, legal knowledge you will need carry a claim through.
Aftercare & peace of mind
Making a successful claim simply isn’t enough when it comes to serious injuries. Many cases go further than a compensation payout and will have lasting effects on not only the person involved but immediate family too. Depending on the type of injury, lifestyle changes may need to be altered; changes to living arrangements including house and car developments could be required or in more severe cases, carers needing to be in place to assist in the long term.
Aftercare and support from Sincere Law is something we pride ourselves on. We want to go further and make the lives of those affected as comfortable as possible following serious injury. After making a successful claim, to make a real difference to those affected, there must be adequate plans in place to prepare for life after the injury.
Our team works tirelessly to get the very best outcome for all affected, making definite the time; not only immediately following the injury; but the long term (sometimes the rest of the affected persons life), is as easy and comfortable as it can be for all involved.
Making a Claim
From start to finish, enquiring, making and carrying through a claim with Sincere Law is simple, stress free and reassuring with the knowledge that, at every stage, you will be looked after by our large, experienced team of claims specialists. Initially, all you need to do is get in touch with us by calling our claims centre. A description of the circumstances is all that’s initially required to help us advise and decide on whether you have a good claim and are eligible to proceed. At Sincere Law we try to give you peace of mind when any client decides to proceed; with that in mind, our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis.
If you think that either yourself, a family member, partner or spouse has suffered a serious injury and would like to find out more information or make a claim, please contact us here or call us on 0800 092 2896.