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Solicitors at "growing risk of claims" for...

Posted in Professional Negligence on 15th Aug 2019
There has been a sharp increase in the number of professional negligence actions arising from solicitors under-settling personal injury and medical negligence claims, according to a specialist barrister. Richard Beaty was featured on litigationfutures.com, explaining: “Publicly available and reliable market data for professional indemnity claims is scarce [but] there is growing perception amongst our insurer and professional clients that the under-settlement of personal and medical injury claims is on the rise.” Beaty added that the change in...

Why is a Pedestrian a Vulnerable Road User?

Posted in Vulnerable Road Users on 5th Apr 2019
Every single one of us can be considered a vulnerable road user. It may not be every day, but we all regularly use the roads as a pedestrian; whether that be to cross the road or exit a vehicle. And we also exercise precaution when doing so, something instilled in us from a very young age when our parents would hold our hand when crossing. However, being a pedestrian on a road remains highly dangerous with 1,793 reported deaths and 24,831 serious injuries reported to police in 2017 (1). At the end of 2016, there were 30.9 million vehicles reported...

Who is Classified as a Vulnerable Road User...

Posted in Vulnerable Road Users on 4th Mar 2019
What does a cyclist, bike rider, horse rider and pedestrian all have in common? They may not travel at the same times or speeds, but they are all considered vulnerable road users. In 2016 alone, there were approximately 450 pedestrian fatalities, 450 motorcyclist fatalities and 100 cyclist fatalities reported on Britain’s roads1. And although there are far less horse riders on our roads, there have been almost 3,000 incidents reported to The British Horse Society alone, since 20102. These statistics certainly paint a clear picture of just how serious...

New rule for motorists passing cyclists

Posted in Vulnerable Road Users on 25th Feb 2019
Cycling Accident Solicitor Jan Canter comments on the upcoming law changes that will help to protect one group of Vulnerable Road Users: Cyclists. In March 2019, new legislation will make it illegal for motorists in the UK to drive too close to cyclists when overtaking them on the road. A failure to give a berth of at least 1.5 metres will result in a criminal sanction of a £100 fine, and may also include points on the driver’s license. The Highway Code does already makes it clear that the recommended distance to give a cyclist when passing them...
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