At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

As always, for any concerns, advice and updates on your case; Talk to Thompsons.

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Car Accident Prevention

The law requires us to look after ourselves and to take reasonable steps to ensure good road safety in all possible situations. It is because of principles like this that we are legally required to pass a driving test, to purchase motor insurance and to abide by road laws such as speed limits. With this in mind, it is worth having a think about how we can prevent road accidents from happening in the first place.

A good place to start is the website of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA). The UK-leading safety organisation highlights five driving habits that are responsible for a disproportionate number of UK road traffic accidents. Avoid the risks and behaviours listed below and you can help make Scotland's roads a safer place:

  • Speeding – this killed around 400 people in 2014
  • Drink driving – around 250 people per year die as a result of road traffic accidents in which someone was found to have been drink driving
  • Not wearing a seatbelt – ROSPA estimates that around 200 lives could be saved each year if we all wore seatbelts
  • Careless driving – this accounts for over 300 deaths each year
  • Inexperience – insurance figures show that young male drivers aged 17 to 20 years old nearly ten times as likely to be killed or seriously injured in RTAs than other drivers.

Make a Pledge

Road safety charity Brake recognises the reality of being in charge of a fast-moving and heavy vehicle: it can be dangerous both to you and your passengers as well as other road users around you.

Brake also accepts that all drivers have a responsibility to avoid danger and prevent harm. It says that there are some steps we can all take to reduce our chances of being involved in a road accident. These steps are included in its Make a Pledge six-point road safety plan.

As part of the Make a Pledge plan, all drivers undertake to do the following:

  • To drive slowly
  • To be sober behind the wheel
  • To stay secure using seat belts and child seats, and ensure good vehicle maintenance
  • To stay silent and avoid distractions
  • To be sharp and alert and to avoid stress
  • To be sustainable by only driving when necessary

Advanced driver courses

Whether your chief motivation is to become a safer driver or whether you just wish to become a better and more confident driver, taking an Institute of Advanced Motorist advanced driver training course may be the perfect choice for you.

IAM driver courses are quality assured by the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) and draw on the experience and skills of the nation's best instructors to improve the abilities and driving standards of participants, helping them quickly adapt to a range of situations.

Additionally, drivers who pass a test with the IAM are eligible to get an insurance quote from IAM's insurer, which claims to be able to offer cheaper insurance in 93% of cases.

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If you have suffered personal injury in a car accident which was not your fault, contact Thompsons today. For FREE compensation claims advice call our lawyers today on 0800 0891331 or fill in a contact form so that we can call you back.

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