Category: Road Traffic Accidents

Horse Riding Accident Claims

horse riding accidents

With around 525 Pony Club centres spread across the country, it’s safe to say horse riding is one of the most popular pastimes in the UK. Whether it’s eventing, racing, competing or even just admiring the countryside on horseback, the growing number of riders joining schools every year shows that horse riding is increasing in popularity by the day.

With that said, horse riding also comes with its risks, and even the most experienced riders know that, no matter how careful you are, accidents do happen and can sometimes be serious and life-changing.

Horse Riding Injuries

Horse riding injuries can range from bruises and breaks, to more serious spinal injuries, brain damage or even paralysis.

Some causes of these injuries include:

  • Ill-fitting equipment and failure to provide a safe environment for lessons.
  • Road traffic accidents involving horses
  • Kicks from horses
  • Injuries caused as a result of unsafe stables and yards
  • Untrained employees

Along with the physical and emotional effects of a horse riding injury, there can also be financial consequences. Time taken off work can impact your wages and, depending on the extent of your injuries, ongoing medical treatment can be expensive.

Of course, not all riding accidents are someone’s fault, as dealing with an animal that can think and act for itself is always going to be unpredictable. However, if injuries are sustained because of someone else’s negligence then you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

Horse Riding Injury Compensation

Unfortunately, however vigilant you are whilst riding, accidents can happen. Since 2010, there have been over 2000 reports of road incidents involving horses alone, in which 36 were fatal to the rider.

If you, or your loved one, has suffered an accident that wasn’t your fault, Hampson Hughes’ team of expert serious injury lawyers may be able to help. For free, confidential and no obligation advice about serious injury claims, call us today on 0151 236 1222.

Sources:

http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/about/structure_governance/

http://www.bhs.org.uk/our-charity/press-centre/news/jan-to-jun-2016/riding-and-road-safety-campaign

Road Traffic Accidents Caused by Drivers Using a Phone behind the Wheel

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Drivers caught using a mobile phone while behind the wheel in the UK, risk losing their licence. The number of drivers who have been caught responding to a text message, answering a call or using an app or navigation feature on their mobile phone while driving a vehicle in the UK is astounding, especially when you consider the risk they are taking.

We all laugh at viral videos showing people walking into lampposts whilst looking down and using their mobile phone, but the danger of distraction could easily lead to a serious accident on the road. If you can’t walk and use your mobile phone, what makes you think that you can drive and text? Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and if you don’t focus 100% on the road ahead, you are putting yourself, your passengers and other road users at serious risk.

In 2015, 22 people were killed and 99 seriously injured in accidents involving a driver who has been using a phone at the wheel. (1) Yet a recent survey revealed that many drivers admit to performing distracting tasks while behind the wheel, including using their mobile phone. (2) The penalty for using a phone while at the wheel was doubled this year (2017) in a bid to deter drivers from the temptation to drive and text. New drivers will now receive six points on their licence if they’re caught using their phone while driving, and also be required to retake their practical and theory test. More experienced drivers risk being banned.

Despite the change to the law, in the four weeks after the penalties were increased, police recorded a total of 5,977 instances of drivers using their phone behind the wheel. (3) However, not all road traffic accidents are thoroughly investigated to determine whether the use of a hand held device or phone was a direct cause of an accident. Only cases involving fatalities or life changing injuries are investigated for distraction via mobile phone.

In July, police released a video of a fatal crash involving a lorry driver who was video-recorded, via a dash cam, changing music on his mobile phone before hitting and killing one adult and three children, who were in a vehicle in front, which had stopped in traffic. The shocking footage reveals the true devastation that can be caused by using a mobile phone while in control of a vehicle. To watch the video, visit The Independent.  The police urge drivers to put their phones in the glove compartment so that they won’t be tempted to use it while in traffic, at traffic lights or any other time while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Road traffic accidents involving a driver who has been texting or using their phone behind the wheel, can leave victims with serious and life changing injuries. Our team of specialist road traffic accident solicitors are always on hand to offer legal advice and support to those affected by a road traffic accident that wasn’t their fault. For more information please feel free to contact us now on 0151 236 1222 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Sources:

  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39118523
  2. http://www.brake.org.uk/rsw/15-facts-a-resources/facts/1131-distractionfacts
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/29/200-drivers-a-day-caught-using-phones-on-uk-roads-after-crackdown

Man who steered car with knees admits dangerous driving

A man who hit the headlines for steering his Ford KA with his knees after claiming it was too small has been given a suspended sentence for further driving offences.

Incident

Adam Elliott, a car dealer, from Newcastle, was involved in a police chase in March which resulted in a road accident involving three vehicles.

Elliott drove on the wrong side of the road before crashing into a stationary bus and another vehicle, driven by a woman accompanied by her two young children. According to the woman:

‘He tried to get through a gap that did not exist between her and the bus’

The crash came a couple of days before Elliott was due to appear in court for a separate incident. In January 2016 he was caught driving a roofless Ford KA with his knees whilst sitting on the headrest and waving.

Dangerous Driving

Elliott admitted dangerous driving; failing to stop; driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance at Newcastle Crown Court. He was handed a nine month jail term, suspended for 18 months.

Following on from his sentence Elliott told the court:

‘There is no justification for my actions in this incident.

‘I don’t want to try to justify them; what happened was wrong and was a moment of foolishness.’

The car dealer was also disqualified from driving for two years and nine months.

Road traffic accident compensation claims – expert advice

If you’ve been injured in a road accident as a result of a dangerous driver, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.

Contact our team of expert Road Traffic Accident solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6888, or send an email to info@hh-law.co.uk.

Source: Sky News

Woman Who Caused Serious Injury to Cyclist is Jailed

A 25 year old woman who caused serious injuries to a cyclist after she knocked him off his bike and into a tree has been jailed for three years.

Damien Doughty spent three days in intensive care for serious injuries including a punctured lung, broken hand and a severe laceration to his liver after Justine Henshaw-Bryan drove into him.

Ms Henshaw-Bryan was found guilty by a jury at Wood Green Crown Court of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Sentencing her, Judge Gregory Perrins told her:

“This was a calculated attempt to run him over and use your car as a weapon,

“It would have been obvious that to do so would have carried significant risk of injury.”

The judge added that Ms Henshaw-Bryan’s actions on 10 February 2016 could have killed Mr Doughty.

Road traffic accident compensation claims – expert advice

If you’ve been injured in a Road Traffic Accident as a cyclist, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.

Contact our team of expert Road Traffic Accident solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6888, or send an email to info@hh-law.co.uk.

Source: BBC News; Cyclist Weekly

Motorist Guilty of Causing Serious Injury to Cyclist

A motorist who knocked a cyclist off his bike and into a tree has been found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Incident

Cycle courier Damien Doughty was knocked off his bike on 10 February 2016 following an exchange with Justine Henshaw-Bryan over her using a mobile phone while driving.

The cyclist confronted 25 year old Henshaw-Bryan after he noticed she was using her phone at the wheel when she pulled out of a side road in front of him.

Henshaw-Bryan swore at Mr Doughty and he responded by kicking her wing mirror before cycling away. He told Wood Green Crown Court:

“Quite quickly, I realised the car was chasing me. It was getting very, very close.

“Realising how close the car was, really feeling like it was going to knock me off, I took a sharp left. I was going 20, maybe slightly more.

“I thought the car wouldn’t be able to get round that corner at the same rate to catch me.”

The court was then shown CCTV footage of Henshaw-Bryan’s vehicle swerving to the left, hitting Mr Doughty before driving off.

In court, Henshaw-Bryan claimed that her then boyfriend took control of the wheel, causing her to swerve into the cyclist. However both he and the court rejected this claim.

Serious injuries

As a result of the collision, Mr Doughty was knocked off his bike and crashed into a tree. He sustained serious injuries including a punctured lung and broken hand, as well as a severe tear to his liver. He required intensive care and was unable to work for an extended period of time.

Guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A jury found Henshaw-Bryan guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and as a result, she could face up to five years in jail. She will be sentenced on Wednesday 10 May 2017.

Road traffic accident compensation claims – expert advice

If you’ve been injured in a Road Traffic Accident as a cyclist, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.

Contact our team of expert Road Traffic Accident solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6888, or send an email to info@hh-law.co.uk.

Source: Cycling Weekly

New Drivers Using Phones Could Lose Licence

In an effort to reduce the number of road traffic accidents in the UK, new penalties for motorists who use their phones while at the wheel will double.

New rules

As of 1 March 2017, penalty points for individuals using a mobile while driving will double to 6, while fines will rise to £200.

Under the new rules, drivers caught using their phones in the first two years of passing their test will have their licences revoked. If a new driver accrues 6 points on their licence within the first two years, their licence is revoked and they must retake both their practical and theory.

The new rules for England, Scotland and Wales come after 22 people were killed and 99 more were seriously injured in accidents where the driver was on their phone in 2015 (the latest year for which figures are available).

Police ‘crackdown’

Police forces have also launched a week-long crackdown, with more patrols and an “increased focus” on stopping people using their phones while driving.

The government said it hoped this penalty system would act as a strong deterrent to what motoring organisations are now calling an “epidemic” on the roads.

The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said:

“Our message is simple and clear: do not get distracted by your mobile phone while driving. It may seem innocent, but holding and using your phone at the wheel risks serious injury and even death to yourself and other road users.

“Doubling penalties will act as a strong deterrent to motorists tempted to pick up their phone while driving and will also mean repeat offenders could find themselves banned from our roads if they are caught twice.

“Everyone has a part to play in encouraging their family and friends not to use their phones while driving – it is as inexcusable as drink driving.”

Road traffic accident claims – expert advice

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors today. Remember, we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

To begin your road accident claim, contact us today for your FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Guardian; BBC News

Two Men Jailed for Manslaughter after Road Traffic Accident

A mechanic and the owner of a haulage company have been jailed after a road traffic accident involving a truck with faulty brakes killed four people in 2015.

Incident

On 9 February 2015 an employee of Grittenham Haulage, 20 year old Phillip Potter, was driving the 32 tonne vehicle down a steep road in Bath when the brakes failed.

Mitzy Steady and her grandmother Margaret Rogers were struck by the truck as they crossed the road. Four year old Mitzy died during the incident and Mrs Rogers was seriously injured. She spent a total of three months in hospital for her injuries and required below the knee amputation of both legs.

After hitting the little girl and her grandmother, the truck careered into a vehicle parked at the bottom of the road before overturning. The three men in the car at the time, Stephen Vaughan, 34, Philip Allen, 52, and Robert Parker, 59, were all killed.

Safety Check “Wholly Inadequate”

Bristol Crown Court heard how Grittenham Haulage, owned by Matthew Gordon, was “a shambles from start to finish”.

Adam Vaitilingam QC, prosecuting, also told the court how recommended brake efficiency tests had not been carried out on the 11 year old vehicle. Vaitilingam added that the final safety check on the truck, carried out by mechanic Peter Wood, was “wholly inadequate”.

Sentencing

On Friday 27 January, Gordon, 30, and Wood, 55, were each convicted of four counts of manslaughter.
Gordon was handed a prison sentence of seven years and six months. Wood was sentenced to five years and three months.

Mr Justice Langstaff told the pair that the brakes were in an appalling state, adding that the lorry should not have been on the road. He told Gordon:

“You were not concerned for the public.”

Potter, the driver of the lorry, was cleared by a jury at Bristol crown court in December 2015.

Source: Guardian

HAMPSON HUGHES: ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT REPORT 2017

Image of two parties exchanging details following a road traffic accident rear end collision

Hampson Hughes Solicitors, a law firm which specialises no win, no fee personal injury claims, has revealed the most common types of accidents involving motorists.

The research, based on a sample of over 40,000 road traffic accident (RTA) claims from 2014 – 2016, highlights the top 15 accident types according to data from the Liverpool based law firm.

Hampson Hughes Solicitors’ Top 15 Types of Road Traffic Accidents* (RTAs):

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*Based on a sample of 42,427 road traffic accident claims received by Hampson Hughes Solicitors from 2014 – 2016.

Rear End Collisions Pose the Biggest Threat to Motorists According to Hampson Hughes Solicitors

Rear end collisions represent almost half of all road traffic accident claims dealt with by Hampson Hughes Solicitors (47% in total). From 2014 – 2016 the firm sought compensation for 19,807 people that had been injured in a car accident in which one vehicle had crashed into the back of another.

Lara O’Donnell, Head of Road Traffic Accident Claims at Hampson Hughes Solicitors, said:

“If you’re driving too closely to the vehicle in front then the chances are you won’t have left adequate stopping distance should that driver need to brake suddenly.

“Rear end collisions represent the majority of road traffic accident claims dealt with by Hampson Hughes Solicitors so tailgaters should take note.

“If you want to stay safe on the roads, and avoid a claim on your insurance policy, keep a reasonable distance between yourself and the car in front.”

In the eyes of the law liability often lies with the driver of the vehicle travelling behind as they’re required to leave an adequate distance between themselves and the car in front. An extract from the Motor Vehicle Act says:

“A driver of a vehicle must not… follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of the vehicles and the amount and nature of traffic on and the condition of the highway.”

Drivers Should Take Extra Care amid Weather Warnings According to Hampson Hughes Solicitors

Following the release of its Road Traffic Accident Report Hampson Hughes Solicitors is warning motorists to take extra care on the roads amid severe weather warnings.

The Liverpool based law firm, which revealed that rear end collisions pose the biggest threat to motorists, said that drivers are at greater risk of this type of accident when there is rain, ice and snow on the roads.

Lara O’Donnell, Head of Road Traffic Accident Claims at Hampson Hughes Solicitors, said:

“It’s even more important to leave a reasonable distance between yourself and the car in front during bad weather conditions. Rain, ice and snow not only increase your braking distance but also affect your tyres grip on the road.

“With the Met Office issuing severe weather warnings across much of the country drivers should take extra care.”

Hampson Hughes Solicitors’ Top Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads

1. Plan your journey
Firstly, is your journey really necessary? If yes, have you checked the weather forecast? Finally, have you planned the safest route? It pays to plan ahead and be prepared.

2. Check your car

Be sure to check your tyre pressure and tread depth regularly as wet and icy conditions can affect your tyres grip on the road. Also make sure you lights and wipers are fully functioning and that your windscreen, windows and mirrors are completely clear.

3. Reduce your speed accordingly

Stay within the speed limit and keep an eye out for any temporary speed limit signs. Fog and heavy rainfall can affect visibility reducing your reaction time so it’s important to reduce your speed to improve your reaction times.

4. Keep your distance
Braking distances can increase by up to ten times in snow and icy conditions. Don’t just rely on brakes to bring you to a stop – make sure to decrease through your gears too to aid you safely.

5. Prepare for an emergency
In the event of weather worsening pack an emergency kit in case you get stuck or break down. This might include: a de-icer and ice-scraper; cloths for clearing windscreen and mirrors; a mobile phone charger; a torch and spare batteries; a blanket, warm coat and boots; food and water and a first-aid kit.

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Expert Road Traffic Accident Advice from Hampson Hughes Solicitors

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Driver Arrested after Seven Pedestrians are Injured

Image of a red Ferrari driving at speed

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a road traffic accident, in which he drove his Ferrari into a group of teenagers.

The incident occurred in South London on Monday morning.

5 of the teenagers were treated in hospital for minor injuries, while two others – a girl, 16, and boy, 17 – remain in hospital. According to the Metropolitan Police their injuries are not thought to be serious.

Emergency services, including London’s Air Ambulance, attended the scene in Battersea and road closures were put in place.

The driver, a 35 year old male, was arrested by police after stopping at the scene and he remains in custody in West London.

Road traffic accident claims – expert advice

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors today. Remember, we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

To begin your road accident claim, contact us today for your FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: BBC News

New Life Sentence for Death by Dangerous Driving

Image of young man driving while talking on his mobile phone

In plans to be put forward by the Ministry of Justice, those who cause death by dangerous driving could be handed life sentences.

New sentences proposed

Offenders who cause death whilst using a mobile phone, street racing or speeding will be handed the same sentence as those charged with manslaughter.

Furthermore, careless drivers who kill – those under the influence of drink or drugs – may also be faced with a life sentence. Currently the sentence for such an offence is limited to a 14 year prison sentence.

Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said:

“Killer drivers ruin lives. Their actions cause immeasurable pain to families, who must endure tragic, unnecessary losses. While impossible to compensate for the death of a loved one, we are determined to make sure the punishment fits the crime.”

Ministry of Justice

A consultation by the Ministry of Justice will ask for views on whether the current maximum sentences should be increased.

The proposed move would see the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous or careless driving increase from 14 years to life. There would also be a new offence for causing serious injury by careless driving, with a maximum sentence of three years. The current minimum driving ban for those who are convicted of causing death by dangerous/careless driving is also set to be increased.

The department say the consultation ‘delivers on the government’s pledge to consider the sentencing powers available to the courts for the most serious driving offences’. This comes after a total of 122 people were convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in 2015 and a further 21 sentenced for causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence.

Road traffic accident claims – expert advice

If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors today. Remember, we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

To begin your road accident claim, contact us today for your FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Guardian