Law Commissions open consultation into new rules for UK’s self-driving future – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission are launching the first of a series of public consultations about crucial legal reforms which will ensure the country is prepared for the introduction of automated vehicles.’

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Law Commission, 8th November 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Road rage driver Darren Hefferman jailed for cyclist punch – BBC News

‘A road rage motorist who punched a cyclist into oncoming traffic has been jailed for two years.’

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BBC News, 26th October 2018

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Civil Liability Bill “undermines Lord Chancellor’s oath of office” – Legal Futures

‘The Civil Liability Bill seriously undermines the oath sworn by Lord Chancellor David Gauke to defend the independence of the judiciary, claimant lawyers have argued as the bill near the end of its parliamentary journey.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd October 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Impecunious credit hire claimants ordered to provide pre-action disclosure – Litigation Futures

‘Impecunious road traffic accident claimants who benefit from the rule allowing them to claim full credit hire costs must provide pre-action disclosure of financial records, a circuit judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd October 2018

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Highway Code to promote ‘Dutch reach’ to protect cyclists – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2018 in accidents, bicycles, news, road traffic by sally

‘Measures to protect cyclists are to be introduced in the Highway Code, including a new recommendation on how to get out of a vehicle without “dooring” a passing rider.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2018

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Gauke to exempt vulnerable road users from whiplash reforms – Legal Futures

Posted September 6th, 2018 in accidents, compensation, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by tracey

‘Vulnerable road users (VRUs), such as pedestrians and cyclists, will be completely exempt from the government’s whiplash reforms, the Lord Chancellor announced yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 5th September 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Three police forces will test eyesight of all drivers stopped – BBC News

Posted September 3rd, 2018 in health, news, police, road safety, road traffic by sally

‘Drivers who fail to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away when stopped by police will have their licences revoked immediately in a new crackdown.’

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BBC News, 3rd September 2018

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Vehicle-related terrorism claims ‘mutualised’ by UK motor insurers – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 27th, 2018 in insurance, news, road traffic, terrorism, third parties by sally

‘Motor insurers in the UK are to share the costs involved in meeting third party claims raised by victims of terrorist attacks involving vehicles.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th July 2018

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High Court dismisses fundamentally dishonest £850,000 personal injury claim – Litigation Futures

Posted July 20th, 2018 in news, personal injuries, psychiatric damage, road traffic by tracey

‘The High Court has dismissed in its entirety a £850,000 personal injury claim on the grounds of fundamental dishonesty.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th July 2018

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A guide to the Civil Liability Bill – Legal Futures

Posted June 7th, 2018 in bills, damages, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘Compensation claims, particularly for minor injuries as a result of road traffic accidents, are the centre of ongoing tension between the insurance industry and those who represent claimants. ‘

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Legal Futures, 6th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Learner drivers now allowed on motorway after law change – BBC News

Posted June 4th, 2018 in news, road traffic, roads by sally

‘Learner drivers in England, Wales and Scotland are now allowed to have lessons on the motorway.’

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BBC News, 4th June 2018

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High Court: Defendant must pay credit hire costs even where claimant has contingent liability for them – Litigation Futures

Posted May 16th, 2018 in contracts, insurance, news, road traffic by sally

‘A circuit judge was wrong to deny a claimant recovery of £20,000 in credit hire charges because she had been assured that she would never have to pay any outstanding sums herself, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th May 2018

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Financial Guidance and Claims Act 2018

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Act 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Government gives no quarter in defence of whiplash reforms despite pressure from peers – Legal Futures

Posted May 14th, 2018 in accidents, bills, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘The government stood firm on its proposed whiplash reforms yesterday despite criticism from peers, on the first day of the Civil Liability Bill’s committee stage in the House of Lords.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2018

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Civil Liability Bill: Whiplash damages and definition revealed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 9th, 2018 in bills, damages, news, personal injuries, road traffic, select committees by tracey

‘Legislators have outlined the tariffs that are likely to apply to whiplash injuries if a bill for fixed figures is passed. In a draft order of the Civil Liability Bill laid before parliament today, the total damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity payable for injuries lasting less than three months is restricted to £225. That figure rises to £450 for injuries up to six months, and to £765 where the injuries last nine months.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th May 2018

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The fruits of iniquity: RTA Protocol fixed costs and the solicitor’s lien – Zenith PI

Posted April 30th, 2018 in accidents, costs, news, personal injuries, road traffic, solicitors by tracey

‘On 18th April 2018 the Supreme Court gave judgment in Gavin Edmondson Solicitors Ltd v Haven Insurance Company Ltd. The case represents an important victory for Claimant solicitors, who would be well advised to review their files for previous cases falling within its ambit.’

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Zenith PI, 27th April 2018

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Woman divorcing husband when he died claims £675k damages because ‘I still loved him’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 25th, 2018 in accidents, damages, divorce, news, road traffic by sally

‘A woman who was divorcing her husband when he died is trying to claim over £675,000 in damages because she claims she still loved him, the High Court has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th April 2018

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Justice minister uncompromising on whiplash reforms and says more fixed costs are on the way – Legal Futures

Posted April 18th, 2018 in costs, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘Justice minister Lord Keen today set the stage for next week’s House of Lords debate on the Civil Liability Bill with an uncompromising message that there are “too many unmeritorious whiplash claims made each year which proceed without challenge or investigation”.’

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Legal Futures, 17th April 2018

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Personal Injury and the tort of deceit – Zenith Chambers

Posted April 13th, 2018 in damages, deceit, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘In this High Court action a road traffic insurer recovered damages in the tort of deceit against the Defendant following a staged accident. ‘

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Zenith Chambers, 27th March 2018

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Police error meant ‘speeding’ motorists paid fines but never exceeded the limit – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 10th, 2018 in drafting, fines, mistake, news, police, regulations, road traffic, speed cameras by tracey

‘A police force has admitted it has wrongly fined ‘speeding’ motorists after a clerical error meant the speed limit was never officially lowered. Avon and Somerset Police face having to cancel hundreds of tickets after a motorist successfully overturned his fine.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th April 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk