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CHILD CAR ACCIDENT SOLICITORS - CHILDRENS PERSONAL INJURY COMPENSATION CLAIMS

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

Our solicitors represent children injured in car accidents throughout the United Kingdom on a no win no fee basis. No charge is payable to the solicitor unless the legal case is won and the child obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. Child casualties on the roads amount to over 2,000 deaths or serious personal injuries every year when passenger, pedestrian and cycle accidents are taken into account.

CHILD PASSENGER INJURY

The Passengers :-

    The first consideration is for the passengers, particularly if they are children. Child in car safety is important so it is essential that they are sitting properly in the appropriate child restraint or seat belt. If they are not properly restrained then in the event of an accident they can make a car accident compensation claim against the driver in the event of personal injury even though the driver may be their parent.

    A car-tidy which fits to the back of the front seats will store quite a lot of things such as books, crayons, cassettes and is easily accessible. You could try a travel game such as spotting different types of traffic.

The Vehicle :-

    If you're going on a long journey it is important that you fully prepare for it beforehand. You will need to ensure that the vehicle is reliable and roadworthy and that you have checked fuel, oil, water, brake fluid, tyres, lights, washer bottle etc. and if necessary check the battery and connections.

On The Road :-

    The one thing you don't want on a journey is an incident causing injury and resulting in a road traffic accident compensation claim against the driver. Restless children can be a distraction to the driver so it is important to keep them happy, cool and content at all times. Make frequent stops for refreshments, toilets, fresh air, leg stretching and a general change of scenery. You may also wish to change drivers. When you do stop be careful of moving traffic even if you are in a car park or motorway services, stress to your children that they must stay by you at all times.

Food & Drink :-

    Make sure that you have plenty for them to drink, fruit drinks are better than fizzy and small bottles are better to cope with on the move than are cups or beakers. Avoid chocolate or chocolate covered biscuits as they create thirst and may melt.

CHILD CYCLISTS

According to the DETR children on bikes are estimated to be almost 50 times more likely to be injured in a cycle accident than children travelling in a car and 3 times more likely than children walking :-

Parents should exercise caution:-

    Most children have a strong desire to own a bicycle. The best possible preparation for a child, to prevent them from becoming another cycle accident compensation claim, statistic is to ensure attendance at a child cyclist training course as soon as possible after they get their first real bicycle. Parents should be cautious and think carefully. The child's age must be taken into consideration and if they are under nine years old they are probably too young to ride unaccompanied on the road. At nine plus they should ride under adult supervision, on quiet roads first, progressing to roads with some traffic as they gain confidence, knowledge and skill.

Seek proper advice, education and instruction for children:-

    Parents should enquire from their Local Authority road safety officers about the availability of cycling training courses that are available in the area. Many authorities run, or are aware of courses catering for children. These courses vary from area to area, some are 'Cycling Proficiency' courses based on cycle control and some simulated roads and traffic. Others are more comprehensive and include an element of classroom tuition and 'problem solving'. These latter types of course have been found to be more effective in producing safer child cyclists. Also, courses containing a significant amount of 'on road' training, and taking place over a number of weeks are better than the 'school playground only' courses which now seem to be in decline.

Supervision may prevent a cycle accident compensation claim:-

    Once basic training is complete parents should satisfy themselves that their children are safe and place restrictions on the types of road that they are allowed to use. The best form of guidance and supervision is for parents to ride alongside the child and provide continuing advice. For parents who may not be confident in their own abilities, the Road Safety Officer or local cycling club may be able to help in the form of adult or even family training courses or suggest relevant literature which gives advice on how to avoid a cycle accident. Training should be ongoing even after the child has attained a satisfactory level of competence.

CHILD PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS

Information released by The Department of The Environment for Transport:

    Over 1500 child pedestrians under the age of 16 are killed or seriously injured every year in a car accident in the UK.

    Most accidents happen close to home, on quiet residential roads carrying only light traffic.

    Boys are much more likely to be involved in an accident than girls.

    The risk of an accident increases greatly when children start Secondary School.

Keep control

    Children are inquisitive, adventurous, impulsive and vulnerable. As soon as they are old enough to walk they will want to investigate the things around them. This could include the road outside so it is desperately important that you know where they are all the time.

When you're out and about

    When you're out walking set a good example because they will copy you. When you want to cross the road don't have a quick glance up and down the road as you approach the kerb and then walk straight across the road because you can see it's clear. Always stop near the kerb and explain what you're doing - even if the road is clear. Learn and practice the 'Green Cross Code' yourself and when the time is right, pass it on to them. If you're taking them to school always use the school crossing patrol.

    Stop - Look - Listen, this is the basis of the Green Cross Code that helps to reduce the risk of a road traffic accident. Start to introduce it to them gradually, always cross in safe places where you can see traffic and the drivers can see you. After you have done it a few times on quiet roads let your child put it into practice and take you across the road, but don't forget that this is only the start of the learning process, they are not ready to cross on their own yet.

Starting School

    When children start school the risk of child casualties increases. They will not be ready to cross on their own so be sure that they are supervised at all times. If possible take them to school on foot rather than driving them in the car. This will give you the opportunity to explain what you are doing on the way. Try to find a safe route using safe crossing places.

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

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