Road Traffic Accident

Chris Germaine Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:18

Drink Driving

The festive season is traditionally a time of over indulgence, joy and partying. In the UK, there is another annual festive tradition on which this article focuses. Every year, police forces up and down the country launch their Christmas drink drive campaigns. The police know that this is the time when people are more likely to drink and take a risk driving when at other times of the year they would be far more cautious.
Chris Germaine Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:49

Accidents with Uninsured and Untraced Drivers

Many of you will have seen the advertisement on television from a certain insurance company saying that if you have an accident with an uninsured motorist they won’t penalise you like their competitors. There are at any one time in the UK many hundreds of thousands of dishonest motorists who deliberately do not insure their cars. So what happens if you have the misfortune to have an accident caused by either an uninsured or untraced motorist?
Chris Germaine Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:36

Child seats the Law

Generally speaking the law is clear – all persons, including children travelling in a motor vehicle should be properly restrained. The penalty for failing to do so is that the driver faces a fine of up to £500.00. Children must normally use a child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall (whichever comes first). After reaching this stage an adult seatbelt should be used. There are however a number of exceptions.
Chris Germaine Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:21

Accidents Involving Children

Accidents happen and if accidents happen then sometimes children will be involved. A person is classified as a child in the UK if they are below the age of 18. Once they attain that milestone then they are assumed to have full legal capacity. Before the age of 18 a child has no legal capacity. In terms of accident claims this means that the child (or minor as they are sometimes called) cannot themselves progress or defend a claim. So if the child cannot deal with the case, who does?
Chris Germaine Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:17

Motorcycle accidents

Like all other road users, motorcycle riders owe the same duty of care as other users of the highway. However, save from cyclists, motorcyclists are unique in not being cocooned within a vehicle and are therefore uniquely vulnerable on the open road. Motorcyclists tend to be very cautious drivers. Pity about those around them. There are however some unique types of accidents that can afflict even the most careful and experienced of motorcycle riders.
Chris Germaine Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:02

What to do if you have a car accident

Nobody wants to be involved in a car accident, but if you are unlucky enough to be involved in one it is important to know what to do. It is always best to take the right action immediately after your accident to deal with it smoothly and quickly.
Imran Salim Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:57

Road Traffic Accidents involving cyclists

ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING PEDAL CYCLISTS One of the features of modern motoring is the proliferation of cycle lanes on the highway, often squeezed into narrow town roads that were only ever constructed wide enough to comfortably accommodate two-way vehicular traffic in the first place. Take the morning commute. As a car driver, you despair at the seemingly reckless cyclists who dart in and around cars, maybe ignoring the normal rules of the road. Cyclists on the other hand criticise the vehicle drivers for failing to see them or not providing them space.
OptimalSolicitors Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:26

What, if any, damage has been caused by the doctor's negligence?

In a recent article, I deliberately focused on the cause rather than the blame as it is the former that causes the most confusion for clients. Just to recap I stated that, whatever the doctor may have done wrong, there will be no claim unless it can be proved that some injury or damage has been caused. For this article, I have looked at a few cases that have recently been before the court that demonstrate some of the different approaches the court will take in deciding what, if any, injury or damage has been caused.