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£2,725 in Damages Awarded after Non-Fault Crash

Our team of Road Traffic Accident specialists recently secured damages for a client who suffered severe whiplash injuries to their neck, back and shoulders during a non-fault collision.

Incident

The Claimant was stationary at a Zebra crossing when the defendant failed to maintain a safe breaking distance and collided with the rear of our client’s vehicle.

Whiplash injuries

As a result of the incident, our client sustained severe whiplash injuries to her neck, back and shoulders. She also suffered an asthma attack.

The Claimant attended A&E at a local hospital the same day. Our client was prescribed painkillers and was ordered to take a day’s leave from her place of employment to rest. Her normal duties of shopping, housework and caring for her family members were restricted for 5 weeks following the collision.

Outcome

Our expert personal injury team managed to secure a total of £2,725 in compensation for our client on this occasion.

Following the successful outcome, our client said:

“Excellent services from day one of my claim. Staff at Hampson Hughes were always happy to answer questions, and were prompt and efficient at all times.”

Begin your road traffic accident claim today

If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

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 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Guardian; BBC News

£1,400 Compensation Awarded for Whiplash

Our dedicated team of Personal Injury experts recently secured compensation for a client who sustained severe whiplash injuries in a non-fault road accident.

Incident

Our client, Mr Fitzsimons, was travelling home from work at the time of the incident. There was heavy traffic as he approached the M6 Junction near Knutsford, and so our client began to break.

The defendant, driving a black Vauxhall Astra, approached the traffic at speed. They changed lanes when it was unsafe to do so, cutting in front of Mr Fitzsimons vehicle and causing the two vehicles to collide.

Whiplash injuries

As a result of the accident Mr Fitzsimons sustained whiplash injuries to his neck, back and shoulders, he also now suffers from travel anxiety.

Our client reports that he was unable to take part in his day to day activities such as looking after his children and domestic duties following the accident.

Outcome

We managed to secure a total of £1,400 in compensation for our client on this occasion.

Commenting on his experience with Hampson Hughes Solicitors, Mr Fitzsimons said:

“The staff have been friendly, reliable and informative. They really made sense of what was a complex case that I believed my insurer was dealing with. I am so glad Hampson Hughes grabbed the bull by the horns and was able to shed light on questions I had and put me at ease through the whole process. I felt reassured through the whole process”

Begin your road traffic accident claim today

If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

£2,610 Compensation for Non-Fault Roundabout Collision

Hampson Hughes Solicitors dedicated team of Road Traffic Accident solicitors recently took instruction from a client who sustained whiplash injuries during a non-fault collision.

Incident

Our client was in their stationary vehicle at the time of the incident, waiting in a queue of traffic approaching Tuebrook Roundabout at West Derby Road Junction. The Defendant failed to stop on approaching the Claimant’s vehicle, and a rear-end collision ensued.

Whiplash injuries

Our client sustained severe whiplash type injuries to his neck, lower back and shoulders during the non-fault collision.

As a result of his injuries, the Claimant was required to take sick leave from his place of employment. He was unable to return to his regular working duties for around 7 days after the accident.

Our client also reports that he was unable to take part in his usual day to day activities, such as household chores and DIY.

Successful outcome

Our Road Traffic Accident solicitors secured a total of £2,610 in personal injury compensation for our client on this occasion.

Commenting on the service he received from Hampson Hughes Solicitors, our client said:

“Absolutely superb service! Hampson Hughes could not have been more upfront and honest from the start.”

Begin your road traffic accident claim today

If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

£1,937 Compensation Secured for Whiplash Injuries

Our team of expert Road Traffic Accident solicitors recently secured maximum compensation for a client who suffered severe whiplash injuries in a non-fault collision.

Incident

Miss Smith was a passenger in the Defendant’s vehicle when the collision took place. The Defendant failed to give way and collided with a third party vehicle. As a result, Miss Smith sustained severe whiplash injuries to her neck, back and shoulders.

Our client also reports that following on from the incident, hobbies such as shopping and playing were restricted. Miss Smith’s personal care and domestic duties were also affected due to her whiplash injuries.

Outcome

Hampson Hughes Solicitors’ Road Traffic Accident team secured a total of £1,937.25 for the Claimant on this occasion.

Following the successful outcome, Miss Smith said:

“I would like to say a big thank you to the team, who are a real credit to your company! As a young adult this was my first claim and I was helped step by step!”

Begin your road traffic accident claim today

If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

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

Over £2,000 in Damages Secured for RTA

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

Our team of Road Traffic Accident specialists recently secured personal injury compensation for a client who suffered severe whiplash injuries in a non-fault accident.

Road traffic accident

At the time of the incident our client, Mr Neilson, was waiting in a queue of traffic. His vehicle was situated in the right hand lane of a dual carriageway.

The Defendant failed to stop on approaching Mr Neilson’s stationary vehicle. As a result, a rear end collision ensued.

Injuries

Mr Neilson sustained severe whiplash type injuries to his neck, back and shoulders. The Claimant was required to take 3 weeks of sick leave from his place of employment due to the injuries he sustained.

Mr Neilson also reports that he was unable to attend the gym or take his children to school for a number of months following the road traffic accident.

Outcome

On this occasion, Hampson Hughes Solicitors’ Road Traffic Accident team secured a total of £2,030 in compensation for our client.

Commenting on the claims process with Hampson Hughes Solicitors, Mr Neilson said:

“Really quick and easy process.”

Begin your road accident claim today

If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of road accident 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 Hampson Hughes Solicitors today for your FREE no-obligation consultation.
Call 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

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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Over £6,500 Secured following Non-Fault Collision

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Our team of experienced personal injury solicitors recently secured over £6,500 in compensation for a client who was injured in a non-fault Road Traffic Accident.

Non-fault collision

At the time of the incident, our client was sat in his stationary vehicle at a Sainsbury’s car park in Worchester. The Defendant failed to pay due care and attention and reversed when it was unsafe to do so, causing a collision with the claimants vehicle.

Our client sustained severe whiplash type injuries to their neck which lasted over 2 years. The Claimant also reports that since the collision, they have suffered sleep disturbances (due to pain) and his hobbies of gardening and socialising have been restricted.

Our experts managed to secure a total of £6,539.92 in compensation for our client on this occasion.

Begin your road accident claim today

If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of road traffic accident 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 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Driver Arrested after Seven Pedestrians are Injured

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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