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Had a Car Accident? Know Your Rights!

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No one wants to have a car accident. Hitting another vehicle or running off the road is not something on most people’s daily agenda and can leave you injured, shocked and sometimes traumatised. When it happens, it comes as a complete surprise, and many motorists forget what rights they have to protect themselves from any ongoing repercussions that could result from the crash. Here are a few things you should know if you are involved in a car accident.

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Is legal support needed?

If the accident is severe enough, or you have been injured as a result of the crash, you should immediately contact compensation experts such as Patinos Personal Lawyers to look after your interests. If you were not at fault, there are many avenues for you to make a claim. But even if you were fully or partially to blame, there will be even more things you’re going to need a lawyer to help with. Claims could include pain and suffering, out of pocket expenses, loss of wages, future expenses, and loss of or damage to property.

Lodging a claim

If you want to lodge a claim for compensation, make sure you or your solicitor does so in the timeframe specified by law. This is usually within one month of seeing a solicitor or within nine months of the date of the accident, whichever is the earliest. Failure to do so could see you, in some circumstances, lose your right to claim. You may be eligible for an exemption to this requirement if you can provide a “reasonable excuse for delay”. However it is best to act as swiftly as possible.

Careful what you say

As they say on the American police shows: “You have the right to remain silent”. Be careful not to accidently take the blame at the accident scene by apologising for the crash or openly implying it was your fault. Many drivers in their haste to see if the other parties are okay blurt out ‘sorry’, and this could later be used to determine fault by police or in a court of law. By all means find out if everyone is okay, just be careful how you ask.

Document the circumstances

You have the right to defend yourself, and this includes taking all the documentation you may need at the site of the accident. Memory can fade quickly, and witnesses often have differing recollections, so it is important that you get everything you may need in a claim later. You might simply write down everything that happened and what people said, or take photos of the scene on your phone. Your lawyers will appreciate your forethought when the time comes.

Never forget you have rights when something like a car accident happens. If you are unfortunate to be involved in a crash, stay calm and consider what you need to do. Anticipate the questions your lawyer might ask and see if you can find the answers at the scene. Even if you are at fault, you still have rights and might be entitled to some compensation.

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Top Gear ‘as entertaining as ever’ according to new series review

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The new series of Top Gear is “as entertaining as ever”, according to an early review.

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The show has been plagued by reports that new hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc are at loggerheads and that members of the audience walked out before the end of taping.

The newly launched show will return to television screens this weekend, featuring the all-new line-up of Evans, Friends star LeBlanc and four other hosts, plus The Stig.

However, the pair appeared to have a “healthy, humorous rivalry” at the first taping of the show open to the public, the Guardian reported.

Early on in the recording Evans admitted to being very nervous and struggled with his lines.

“At one point he had his head in his hands and pretended to beat it on a car bonnet after getting stuck on a piece about the return of The Stig,” the newspaper said.

LeBlanc has previously dismissed claims that he is “at war” with Evans and admitted he had not expected the negativity the show has received prior to airing, or the anger of fans of the original line-up of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

The show’s popular Star In A Reasonably Priced Car segment will be replaced with Star In A Rallycross Car in the new series, which will feature a new car and a new track.

The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg and chef Gordon Ramsay will be the first guests.

The newspaper said: “The new series retains the high-speed hallmarks of the old and – while it may have a lot of work to do to get past the Clarkson purists – it remains as entertaining as ever. Which will be bad news to those who wish it ill.”

Top Gear returns to BBC Two on May 29 at 8pm.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Work Vehicle

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From sales to all types of trades, there are many occupations that require people to have work vehicles. A work vehicle needs to be reliable for the job, but it can also provide a range of other benefits if utilised properly. Here are a few ways you can get the most out of your car or ute.

Install a Storage Unit Canopy

Kitting out your car with a suitable storage unit will not only protect your tools, it will also use the space more efficiently. Need to lay your hands on a tool quickly? You’ll know exactly where it is stored. Need to make a few stops on the way home? A canopy keeps your tools safely locked away from opportunistic thieves. An affordable storage body like those from XL even work with central locking systems for further protection.

A storage unit also allows for dual-purpose use of your vehicle. With your tools safely put away, you will have room to throw recreational gear in the back. Whether you prefer to take off and go camping, fish or cycle in your downtime, you need space to take your equipment with you.

Turn it into a Mobile Office

If you move around a lot for work, turn your car into your own mobile workspace. Sometimes you need to be able to work on the go. By adding a couple of accessories to your car, you can knock over your administrative work, no matter where you are. Charge your phone, return calls and even take care of some invoicing work – that way you can be up-to-date before you even get home. Keep a charging cord and some notepaper in your car. Most modern vehicles have Bluetooth systems nowadays, however a headset is cheap to buy if you need one.

Advertise While You’re on the Move

Your work vehicle has plenty of space that you can take advantage of. Most signwriters offer magnetic signs that serve as temporary billboards – allowing you to remove any advertising when you are off-duty. If your work vehicle is parked near a job site each day, it’s a great opportunity to catch the eye of passing traffic with a colourful business ad. This leads to brand recognition; meaning your business will be at the forefront of your customers’ minds when they need your services.

Service Your Car Regularly

As with most mechanical items, regular servicing keeps your work vehicle in peak condition. Just as you check and maintain the family car, the work car also needs attention. Do a quick check of the tyres every day. If you are carrying heavy loads, your tyres will show signs of wear more quickly than others. Always check and adjust the tyre pressure to manufacturer’s recommendations as this can make a big difference to your fuel consumption. Top-up fluids when they get low and don’t skimp when it comes to servicing. In the long run, it will save you a lot of money.

These suggestions can help you make the most of the available space your work car offers. What are some other ways you can get more from a work vehicle?

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Volkswagen introduces innovative and revolutionary gesture control technology

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“Isn’t it amazing what gestures can do?” that’s the tagline of Volkswagen’s latest ad campaign featuring an impressive stunt dog to promote their Gesture Control technology.

Jumpy the dog, who became famous on YouTube for his impressive tricks and stunts shows how simple gestures can create amazing stories. When Jumpy meets a lonesome man in the park, he accidentally becomes the hero in a personal love story.

This creative campaign from Volkswagen not only helps to demonstrate the simplicity and fun of using their innovative technology, but a new approach in which they aim to revolutionise the operation of vehicles.

No more buttons or switches

Volkswagen has said that soon we’ll be able to control many of our car’s features without using buttons or switches, thanks to Gesture Control.

In fact nearly all of the controls in the Golf R Touch, which was unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, were either touch-screen or sensor-based.

The interior of the Golf R Touch

The interior of the Golf R Touch

The main reason for this is driven by the need to simplify increasingly complex technology in cars and to reduce driver distractions.

“The development team for the Golf R Touch pursued the goal of producing an interior and infotainment concept that would fulfil seemingly contradictory requirements,” explains Volkswagen. “Despite the continually growing complexity and number of functions, this concept was intended to reduce driver distractions while attaining maximum personalization and intuitive operation in the car.”

Advanced Gesture Control

Using proximity sensors and a 3D camera mounted in the roof lining, Volkswagen’s gesture control technology works by recording and interpreting hand movements to control almost every piece of equipment in the cabin.

For example, if the driver gestures to touch the roof then the car will bring up touchscreen controls for the sunroof. You can then gesture your hand back or forward to slide the roof open or closed. Similar hand-waving can be used to adjust the seats and even the climate control.

The firm claims the system is primarily designed to reduce the increasing array of distractions for the driver and make it more natural to control the technology. The layouts of the central touchscreen and the Active Info Display can be customized quickly, in a similar way to smartphones or tablets. The same applies to the entire colour staging in the interior.

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