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Lorries far more likely to be involved in fatal traffic accidents

A study by the campaign for better transport has concluded that heavy goods vehicles account for 1.4 per cent of traffic on minor roads but were invoved in over 7 per cent of fatal accidents.  The report offers no insight as to the reason for this.

 

From my experience of regularly representing goods vehicle drivers in fatal accident cases , the single most common cause of fatal accidents involving lorries is cyclists positioning themselves dangerously close to the  nearside of a goods vehicle in an effort to undertake or , even more dangerously , trying to pass a goods vehicle on the inside as it is preparing to turn left.  Once again , the inference is that the motorist is to blame.  My experience is that it will invariably be the cyclist who is the cause of the accident, often with fatal consequences.

 

 

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on February 26th, 2015 @ 12:17 AM
Tagged with: fatal road traffic accidents

 
 

 

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No reduction in the number of speed cameras

Background

Some time ago the Government declared that it was to remove public funding for the upkeep of speed cameras. This caused many to hope that this would result in a turning off of thousands of speed cameras leading to the lessened chance of receiving a speeding ticket .

Outcome

This never happened because the local authorities were allowed to keep the revenue from the speeding ticket fines generated by the speed cameras. It quickly became apparent that the cameras were very profitable and a major generator of income. There has been no evidence, however, to show that speed cameras have any impact upon the general speed at which motorists drive. Motorists should beware. There are at least 6000 speed camera sites and they are turned off and on randomly so the motorist can never be sure if they are working or not.

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on November 6th, 2014 @ 6:30 PM

 
 

 

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The hidden insurance cost of attending a speed awareness course

Speed Awareness Courses

In many low level speeding cases the police will offer the driver the option of attending a speed awareness course as an alternative to facing a prosecution in the magistrates court and having a conviction for an offence of speeding or having penalty points endorsed on the driving licence by way of a fixed penalty. It was generally believed that this would have no impact upon the motorists insurance premium.

This is not however always the case and motorists are increasingly finding that the speed awareness course can result in a hike in premiums.

Benefits of the Course

The speed awareness course does, however, have significant benefits for a motorist who accepts a low level speeding offence.

There will be no penalty points endorsed on the driving licence , no attendance at court and the increase in insurance premium would probably be less than if penalty points were endorsed.

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Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on November 6th, 2014 @ 6:11 PM

 
 

 

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Death by Careless/Dangerous Driving - Bail Time

For some time now , defence lawyers have been concerned about the length of time that people arrested upon suspicion of a criminal offence have been kept on police bail.

In prosecutions for causing death by careless/dangerous driving a suspect can often be on police bail for around a year. This is largely due to police cutbacks , meaning that the police lack the man power with which to efficiently carry out criminal investigations. The effect of this is that a police suspect can be left in limbo not knowing whether or not they will face a criminal prosecution. This can put a person under an intolerable level of strain and anxiety. Further more it may mean that a person charged with an offence has less chance of successfully defending the case if, for example, people’s memories have faded or defence witnesses are not contactable.

 

Death by Careless/Dangerous Driving - Police Bail Powers

Although the courts do have the power to halt cases as an abuse of process due to inexcusable delay, this is a power that is very rarely used.

 

Death by Careless/Dangerous Driving Prosecution Extension

New proposals in the criminal law will mean that after a certain period of police bail has passed , the police will have to apply to the Magistrates court for an extension. One would like to think that Magistrates would refuse to extend the police bail time if there was no good reason for the delay.

 

Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on September 17th, 2014 @ 2:41 PM
Tagged with: magistrates permission to extend police bail, police bail, police delay, proposed changes to police bail

 
 

 

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Women convicted for drink driving increase

Government statistics released today indicate that the number of women being convicted of driving with excess alcohol is rising year on year.

Women Breathalyser and Blood Test

No official theories have been put forward for this increase in Women being convicted for drink driving.

It is, however, a medical fact that a woman’s liver is smaller than a mans. This means that if a man and a woman both consume an equal amount of alcohol, the woman’s alcohol would be higher. As the female liver is smaller, it processes the alcohol more slowly and so the concentration of alcohol in the blood rises higher and also increases the likelihood of a failed roadside Breathalyser.

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If you require assistance after receiving a drink driving penalty please contact us on 0800 195 6567 or send an email to info@trafficlawyer4u.com.

 

Read all posts by Robert Bimpson Posted by: Robert Bimpson on September 10th, 2014 @ 08:57 AM
Tagged with: women convicted of drink drivink, womens alcohol level

 
 

 

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