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03rd November 2020
This year's Road Safety Week , between 16th and 22nd November, focuses on "No Need To Speed". This is a profoundly important message. As personal injury lawyers representing those with life changing injuries and the families of loved ones who have been killed on our roads, we know first hand how speed when driving is a significant factor in many of the cases we see.…
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26th October 2020
In 2019, cycling was on the wane. After an enormous boost in the popularity of cycling following successful showings in the 2012 Olympics, and years of growth for cycling, things were really slowing down and fewer people were using cycles; it had seemed like perhaps the trend had peaked. But the two-wheeled form of transport has had something of an unlikely ally in the form…
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23rd October 2020
Charles O’Brien, a Senior Solicitor in our personal injury department, has recently settled a potentially complex claim arising out of a fatal road traffic collision for a six figure sum. The case was not straightforward on liability as the collision involved two vehicles on a bend, on a country road. However, detailed analysis of the police evidence suggested the other party had lost control as…
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14th October 2020
The Government has signalled its intention to give priority to cyclists and other vulnerable road users (pedestrians and horse riders) over vehicles. Plans are already afoot to amend the Highway Code to prioritise these groups; the Department for Transport (DfT) issued a Consultation on 25 August 2020. The DfT is now using artificial intelligence (AI) technology at traffic light-controlled junctions on a trial basis in…
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14th October 2020
On 9 October 2020 the Court of Appeal, in the case of Swift v Carpenter, handed down a long- awaited judgement on housing claims in personal injury cases. The original trial judge had awarded nothing to compensate the seriously injured claimant for the additional cost of her accommodation needs, but this was overturned on appeal. There was a difference of £900,000 between the value of…
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07th October 2020
E-scooters have become a common sight on our pavements, roads and cycle lanes during Covid. Although many e-scooter riders are undoubtedly sensible and cautious, the author recently saw two teenagers on e-scooters riding at speed around a ‘blind’ corner, at a junction, on the wrong side of the road, at dusk and without lights or helmets. There are plenty of ‘accidents waiting to happen’, so…
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06th October 2020
Paul Fretwell, head of George Ide LLP’s personal injury department, has secured a substantial six figure compensation award for a client who sustained multiple, life threatening injuries when she and her broken-down vehicle, displaying hazard warning lights, were struck by a lorry on the M1 motorway. The incident occurred on a section of motorway with no hard shoulder (due to road works). Thankfully, our client…
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05th October 2020
Paul Fretwell, Head of George Ide LLP’s personal injury team, has just secured a seven figure compensation settlement for a motorcyclist who suffered an above knee amputation in a road collision. This was a challenging case on liability, with the other driver’s insurance company denying liability throughout. The insurer alleged our client was riding recklessly by overtaking in excess of the speed limit and close…
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14th July 2020
If you have recently visited us in Chichester at our Lion House offices, you may have noticed a ‘for sale’ sign outside – it signals a forthcoming change for our firm that we believe will be good news for all our clients. Later this year we will be relocating our litigation departments to the heart of the city from their existing base in Lion House,…
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17th January 2020
How do our Courts assess compensation for personal injury and loss? It is a common misapprehension that people with devastating life changing injuries are entitled to £1 million- plus awards for the injuries alone. Sadly, awards in England and Wales are not generous, athough our Courts have for very many years wrestled with the question of how one truly compensates for pain suffering and loss…
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