Driverless cars – the top 10 legal issues – Technology Law Update

Posted December 9th, 2014 in data protection, insurance, news, road safety, road traffic, road traffic offences by sally

‘The UK government’s announcement last week of the results of its competition for driverless car testing is an exciting development. We expect an announcement of the results of a review of the regulatory regime to follow shortly. As we wait for these results, we identify the top ten areas where we think the law will need to be updated to allow this important technology to move forward.’

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Technology Law Update, 8th December 2014

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Government gives green light to level crossing reform – Law Commission

Posted November 6th, 2014 in health & safety, Law Commission, news, railways, road safety, roads by sally

‘The Government has accepted the majority of the reforms to level crossing law recommended by the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission, and has committed to review the remainder.’

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Law Commission, 5th November 2014

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

Bite Size RTA Case Law Update – Zenith Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2014 in accidents, duty of care, negligence, news, road safety, road traffic offences by sally

‘Road traffic accidents are notoriously fact specific, but looking at those cases which go to trial can be helpful in terms of understanding what judges think is important. Here I look at three very different recent cases. In Jade Christian v. South East London & Kent Bus Co.the court reiterated that appellate courts have to exercise the greatest restraint before overturning findings of fact made at first instance. In Gray v. Botwright the Court of Appeal went against the general principle that drivers are entitled to assume that no traffic will be crossing against a red light. In Gupta v. Armstrong & Anor a coach driver who was carefully executing a manoeuvre and failed to see a pedestrian who was trying to flag him down to board was not found to have been negligent to any degree.’

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Zenith Chambers, 22nd July 2014

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Sheppey crossing crash drivers offered alertness course – BBC News

Posted January 20th, 2014 in accidents, news, prosecutions, road safety, road traffic offences by sally

‘Drivers who would have been prosecuted over the Sheppey crossing crash that injured more than 200 people are being offered a course instead, police said.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Emma Way: Driver in #bloodycyclists Twitter storm convicted after knocking cyclist off bike – The Independent

“A 22-year-old woman who posted about ‘bloody cyclists’ on Twitter hours after knocking a cyclist off his bike has been convicted of failing to stop and failing to report an accident, but cleared of driving without due care and attention at Norfolk Magistrates Court today.”

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The Independent, 19th November 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Thousands of dangerous drink-drivers are reoffenders – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2013 in drunk in charge, news, police, recidivists, road safety, statistics by sally

“As new figures show the number of people killed in drink-driving crashes rose by 17%, the BBC has discovered that thousands of drink-drivers are repeat offenders.”

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BBC News, 27th September 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

JR reaction: “a dark day” for accident victims, says APIL – Litigation Futures

Posted March 4th, 2013 in accidents, fees, judicial review, legal representation, news, road safety, victims by sally

“The High Court’s rejection of the challenge to the RTA portal fee cut represents ‘a dark day’ for accident victims, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has claimed.”

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Litigation Futures, 4th March 2013

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Manslaughter charges dropped over firework display near M5 pileup – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2013 in accidents, health & safety, homicide, news, prosecutions, road safety by sally

“Manslaughter charges have been dropped against a man who organised a fireworks display next to the site of a motorway pileup that killed seven people.”

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The Guardian, 15th January 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Gap in the UK’s law on cycling? – BBC News

“A driver opens his car door. There’s a collision with a cyclist. Is this a criminal act?”

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BBC News, 15th December 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Newly qualified drivers may face ban on non-family passengers – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2012 in careless driving, driving licences, news, road safety, young persons by sally

“Newly qualified drivers could be restricted from carrying non-family members under proposals being considered by the government to cut the number of road accidents involving teenagers.”

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The Guardian, 17th November 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Children, Seatbelts and Parental Duties: strap up or pay up? – Zenith Chambers

Posted October 30th, 2012 in children, news, parental responsibility, road safety by sally

“It has long been accepted that a failure to wear a seatbelt will affect proportion of damages that a Claimant can receive for an accident, if that failure caused or contributed to his injury. This new case from April 2012 applies the same reasoning to the use of child seats and the apportionment of liability.”

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Zenith Chambers, 22nd October 2012

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Mother found negligent for child’s injuries after using wrong car seat – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 27th, 2012 in accidents, damages, negligence, news, personal injuries, road safety by tracey

“A mother who put her three-year-old daughter in a car booster seat has been found partly responsible for her crippling car crash injuries by the High Court because it was the wrong seat for her age.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th April 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Firefighter Mark Rutland wins seatbelt court battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 16th, 2012 in costs, fines, news, police, road safety by sally

“A fireman was cleared of not wearing a seatbelt after he said a policewoman told him she had to book him because she had targets to hit.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th February 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Drug-driving law could be toughened – The Guardian

Posted January 4th, 2012 in drug offences, news, road safety by tracey

“The government is assembling a panel of experts to look at introducing a law against taking drugs and driving, and to assess the means of testing and the possible legal limits for motorists.”

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The Guardian, 4th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Cusack v Harrow London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted December 9th, 2011 in footpaths, injunctions, law reports, road safety, roads by tracey

Cusack v Harrow London Borough Council: [2011] EWCA Civ 1514;  [2011] WLR (D)  357

“A highway authority had power under section 66(2) of the Highways Act 1980, but not under section 80, to erect posts so as to prevent vehicular access to a frontager’s forecourt in order to safeguard users of the highway. If the highway authority exercised that power the frontager would become entitled to compensation under section 66(8) of the 1980 Act.”

WLR Daily, 7th December 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Riders, Horses and Cars – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2011 in horses, negligence, news, road safety by sally

“Distinct from the situation of loose horses straying on to the road is the case where a horse with a rider comes into contact with traffic. This will sometimes lead to the rider either suing the driver or the driver suing the rider and with a subsequent counter claim.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 17th November 2011

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Cumbria school bus crash deaths ‘accidental’ – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2011 in accidents, inquests, news, road safety by tracey

“The deaths of two schoolchildren in a crash in Cumbria could have been avoided if they had been wearing seatbelts, a coroner has said.”

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BBC News, 14th July 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Injured motorist sues Highways Agency over black ice – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 10th, 2009 in news, personal injuries, road safety by sally

“A motorist who spent two days on a life support machine after crashing on black ice is suing the Highways Agency for failing to grit the road properly.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th November 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Seatbelt dodgers face tougher penalties – Home Office

Posted July 1st, 2009 in fines, press releases, road safety by sally

“Motorists caught without a seatbelt will now face on-the-spot fines of £60.”

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Home Office, 29th June 2009

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Fines for not wearing a seatbelt double – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 30th, 2009 in fines, news, road safety, road traffic by sally

“Fines for not wearing a seatbelt have been doubled to £60 after the Home Office admitted the previous penalty was not acting as a sufficient deterrent.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th June 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk