Staying Safe in Extreme Weather

With Storm Dennis only just getting started, slip trips and falls in the ice and wind are a serious risk. 

It’s important to remain cautious and vigilant in such extreme weather conditions. If you are in an area of high risk do not travel. Nothing is as important as your safety, so don’t risk it.

Make sure you look out for areas of black ice when walking and driving, and ensure your car is equipped to deal with emergencies (i.e. breakdowns in negative Celsius temperatures).

Be wary of public spaces like train or bus stations that will have slippery floors due to water being tracked in by commuters and crowd.

If you have been hurt or injured as the result of a trip, slip or a fall anywhere in Scotland within the last three years, then Bonnar Accident Law can help. A seemingly innocuous trip or fall can have far-reaching consequences and these types of accidents can result in very nasty injuries that can have a serious impact on work and family life. That is why you should always consult a personal injury lawyer to make sure your claim is properly valued.

For immediate independent legal advice anywhere in Scotland, please call us free of charge on 0800 163 978 or complete our Free Online Claim Enquiry form.

Claiming compensation for trips, slips and falls

Thousands of people suffer injury each year as the result of a trip, slip or fall in a public place and while at work. If someone is responsible for the safety and maintenance of the place where you were injured, then you may be entitled to claim for compensation. Let our expert personal injury lawyers review your case free of charge today.

What types of defects can cause injuries?

  • Broken pavements or walkways
  • Broken or inadequate handrails
  • Road or street repairs
  • Missing drain/manhole covers
  • Construction work
  • Pipe or cable laying
  • Damaged floors
  • Food or drink spillages
  • Wet floors
  • Snow or icy conditions – if the area has not been treated according to an agreed schedule. (The specific conditions underfoot at the time of your accident need to be assessed and the responsibilities of the property owner determined before a claim can be made.)

 

Find out if you have a claim. Let our expert legal team help you today.

If you would like to discuss your options for making a compensation claim as a result of a trip, slip or fall, please do not delay.

Call us now on 0800 163 978 or complete our Free Online Claim Enquiry form and let us start helping you right away.

 

Five Top Tips on How to Deal with Persistent Cold Callers

 

 

 

Five Top Tips on How to Deal with Persistent Cold Callers

If you’re sick of nuisance cold-callers disrupting your time, below are five top tips to help you get rid of them.

At Bonnar Accident Law, we never cold call, but unfortunately there are many others who aren’t so concerned or respectful of people’s privacy.

Cold callers are usually sales-people who have been trained to pressure you into buying their product or services.

Often, these types of cold-calling companies will have found your phone number through online forms you may have filled out. Remember to be vigilant when filling in forms online and stop to think if you’re comfortable sharing your details on a particular site.

Here are our top tips to getting get of cold callers.

  1. Take your number down, permanently. You can do this by registering with Telephone Preference Service (TPS) after which point it will be illegal for any company or business to call you without your permission. If calls persist after you register with TPS, companies will likely have your phone number from previous calls to you. Simply and firmly inform them that you are protected by the TPS and you do not wish to receive any more phone calls from them.
  2. Report unsolicited calls. If you continue to receive unsolicited calls, report the company calling to TPS on 0345 070 0707 or the Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1115.
  3. Be firm and clear. If you end up having to speak to cold caller, be firm and clear in telling them that you will report them. Ask for the company name, write down the number and time of the call and report them immediately.
  4. Block unwanted numbers. Your mobile phone should have the ability to block any unwanted numbers. If you receive a cold call from a new number, simply block it on your phone.
  5. Be careful with online forms. Take a moment to think whether you really wish to share your details with certain sites.

If you’ve been involved in an accident, speak to one of our friendly and expert solicitors today.

Increase in Road Traffic Accidents: Bad Weather at Fault

 

The Scottish Government has reported that road accident casualties in 2018 were down 11% compared to the figures of 2017.

This downward trajectory of casualties on Scottish roads is welcome news, but as get into the heart of winter the rates of accidents on the road due to icy surfaces or lack of visibility, unfortunately, starts to climb.

With 12% of all reported accidents, last year due to poor weather conditions*, many Scottish car owners are taking measures to ensure they are as safe as possible when travelling the roads this winter.

Julian Hanrahan, Senior Solicitor at Scottish claims company, Bonnar Accident Law said: “We see a spike in people making road accident compensation claims over the winter because sometimes our best preparations are no match for the Scottish weather.”

Police Scotland have already issued warnings to Scottish drivers to ensure they are ready for bad road conditions, as well the possibility of being stranded in the cold.

Hanrahan continued: “We encourage everyone to follow the advice of Police Scotland, and check weather conditions before setting out.”

Here are our 5 top tips for winter road safety:

1. Drive according to the road conditions – don’t assume road surfaces will be gritted.
2. Keep these things in your car in case you get stuck: Torch (+batteries), blanket, snacks, ice-scraper, portable phone charger.
3. Check your tyre pressure and oil levels are appropriate.
4. Children and pedestrians are harder to see in the dark, so keep your speed down in busy areas.
5. Check what you should do and who you can turn to if you are involved in a weather-related accident by visiting bonnaraccidentlaw.com.

If you are involved in an accident, stay calm and contact the police immediately.

Follow this link if you’re unsure what you could be owed in compensation.

 

Cold weather and cold calls from claims companies

Just a quick ‘heads up’ to say that these unsolicited cold calls are still being made. Just to prove the point, I was on the receiving end last week, during the height of the cold, wintry weather.

The caller asked me about how I was feeling after my road traffic accident. Let’s say that things went downhill rapidly thereafter.

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