Category Archives: Road Traffic Accidents

Road safety – would extending Daylight Saving by one hour avoid accidents and save lives?

Over the past years, proposals to extend Daylight Saving by one hour for the entire year has been met with fierce opposition.  In particular, it is opposed by farmers, outdoor workers and many residents of Northern Ireland and Scotland as in the winter months, the sun would not rise much before 10am.  In addition, some […]

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Hampshire Road named second most dangerous

A Hampshire road has been named the second most dangerous in the country. A four mile stretch of the A36 in Totton has been named the second most dangerous road for motorists by the Road Safety Foundation (RSF). Hampshire as a whole was also named at the top of the list for the cost of […]

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Safer lorry scheme in London to address cyclist deaths

Seven out of eight cyclist deaths in the capital this year have involved Heavy Goods Vehicles.  This is an appalling statistic and as a consequence, London has introduced a ban on ‘unsafe lorries’ to protect cyclists from being killed or suffering serious injuries in accidents involving Heavy Goods Vehicles. Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) must now […]

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A warning for all car drivers – apportioning blame between car driver and child pedestrian

A recent Supreme Court decision has provided useful clarification on how courts apportion blame in road traffic accident where a child pedestrian is knocked down by a car. A child stepped out from behind a school minibus into the path of an oncoming car. She was knocked over and sustained severe injuries. At Trial, the […]

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Swain & Co Personal Injury Solicitor, Vicki Wright, supports safety campaign for cyclists.

Swain & Co Personal Injury Solicitor, Vicki Wright, supports safety campaign for cyclists. This week sees the launch by the AA of a new cycling safety awareness campaign – “Think once, think twice, think bikes” which is aimed at promoting safer roads for cyclists and motorbikes in the hope of reducing the rising number of […]

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Road Traffic Accidents: European Night without Accidents Saturday 19th Oct

October is the month when most road traffic accidents resulting from drink driving occur. AA DriveTech, part of the AA, has joined forces with ‘Don’t Be That Someone’ and ‘Tune Into Traffic’ to support the European Night Without Accidents which is to take place on Saturday 19th October 2013. It is an annual awareness campaign, […]

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Overconfident drivers are a danger

As many as 69% of drivers admitted to breaking the law on the road through overconfidence or complacency according to a survey by the charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line. 99% of those surveyed felt that they were relatively safe drivers. Vicki Wright, expert personal injury lawyer at Swain & Co Solicitors, says, “Overconfident […]

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Police reporting a rise in the number of deliberate ‘flash for cash’ car accidents

‘Flash for cash’ is a growing alternative among criminals to the ‘crash for cash’ scam. The scam involves road users flashing their lights at cars waiting at junctions, as if they are about to let them pull out, but then deliberately crashing into them and claiming insurance money as well as compensation payments. The criminals […]

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MPs say insurers encourage false whiplash claims

A group of MPs have accused the motor insurance industry of encouraging fraud and exaggeration in car accident claims, including false whiplash claims. This comes after AXA insurance called for MRI scans and X-rays to be used to diagnose whiplash for a compensation claim to be made. MPs on the Transport Select Committee said that […]

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Calls for MRI scans to diagnose whiplash

There have been calls for MRI scans and X-rays to diagnose whiplash injuries and reduce false whiplash claims. Melanie Lidstone-Land, expert personal injury lawyer at Swain & Co explains, “Whiplash is a soft tissue injury. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the injury, it would be difficult for MRI scans to show evidence of whiplash.” […]

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