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Surgeons and doctors likely to cause road accidents due to stress and tiredness



By Jane Woodcock, Senior Legal Executive, Neil Hudgell Solicitors

INTERESTING research has linked ‘stressful occupations’ with dangerous driving – with a new survey suggesting surgeons and doctors are more often at fault for accidents on the UK’s roads than those working in other, less demanding jobs.

Analysis compiled by Moneysupermarket.com found nine of the 10 occupations that cause the most accidents on the road to be medical workers.

For every 1,000 surgeons who drive a car, a total of 361 made an at fault claim over the past five years. In second place were GPs, who made 333 at-fault claims, the survey claims.

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11/09/2014 No Comments

Road traffic accidents remain cause for concern



By Jane Woodcock, Senior Legal Executive, Neil Hudgell Solicitors

August is a poignant month when it comes to road traffic accidents, hence its label as National Road Victim Month. The world’s first motor vehicle death occurred on 31st August 1869, whilst a horrific car crash in Paris claimed the life of Princess Diana on the same day 128 years later. Britain’s first road death also occurred in August 1896, with the coroner declaring “this must never happen again.”

Except we live in an age where road traffic accidents are now amongst the biggest causes of death in the UK, particularly in young people.

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14/08/2014 No Comments

Whiplash claims debate rages on



By Jane Woodcock, Senior Legal Executive, Neil Hudgell Solicitors

Whiplash injury claims seem to be a real bone of contention at the moment. Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer, has been particularly vocal on the topic, veering between demanding a reform of the claims system and calling for a ban on whiplash payouts altogether.

Amongst the company’s recommendations is the introduction of a new process whereby victims put their claims directly to the insurer of the driver who caused the crash. By cutting out the middlemen, Aviva expects that car insurance premiums will be cut by, on average, £60 per year – a real coup for motorists no?

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06/08/2014 No Comments

Aviva calls for ban on whiplash payouts



By Jane Woodcock, Senior Legal Executive, Neil Hudgell Solicitors

Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer, has sparked controversy of late, with a call to ban whiplash payments for motor injury victims, in an effort to combat the country’s burgeoning ‘compensation culture’.

The proposed revision is expected to save Aviva an estimated £900million, with the insurer only remunerating rehabilitative treatment for whiplash claimants, as opposed to paying out financial compensation.

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29/07/2014 No Comments

Are UK roads too dangerous for cyclists?

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The British cycling team at the 2012 Olympics won twelve medals, eight of them gold.  The legacy of that outstanding achievement is evident today in the increasing number of cyclists on our roads.  This weekend the Tour de France starts in Yorkshire.

Cycling, it seems, is riding on the crest of a wave, but apparently it has unseen dangers lurking beneath, because half of British adults believe their local roads are too dangerous to cycle on, according to a BBC poll.

Olympic medallist and British Cycling policy adviser Chris Boardman said: “People don’t feel safe when riding their bikes on our roads,” adding that a commitment was needed from government and local authorities to “prioritise the safety and needs of cyclists in all future transport schemes.”

My team at Neil Hudgell Solicitors deals with a range of personal injury claims by cyclists, predominantly due to poorly maintained roads or negligent motorists.

A DfT spokesman said: “Cycling isn’t just great exercise, it has wider benefits for the environment and the economy, which is why we are committed to ensuring more people feel safe enough to use two wheels.”

At Neil Hudgell Solicitors we place a lot of emphasis staff wellbeing, and colleagues are encouraged to walk or cycle to work whenever possible.

Claire Francis, Head of Policy for the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, said: “Employers who encourage cycling can increase their profitability and have employees who take fewer sick days. Cycle parking and showers in an office should be as common as a printer and a coffee machine.”

Claire added: “But we also need the government to deliver better infrastructure and slower speeds on our roads, so that people feel safe to leave home on their bikes.”

The Department for Transport said it had “doubled funding for cycling to £374m to help deliver safer junctions”.

Martin Lucas-Smith, from the Cambridge Cycling Campaign said “things like narrow cycle lanes” and “badly maintained roads” led to cyclists feeling unsafe in many UK places. “We’d like to see proper allocation of space on these roads which can almost always be achieved simply by a bit of redesign, so people can cycle safely and easily.”

Double Olympic gold-medal cyclist Ed Clancy said: “The more people that get involved in cycling, not just as a sport but for the commute to work or just having a laugh on the mountain bike at the weekend, is good all round.”

So, the message is: on yer bike, but take care!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28093374

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02/07/2014 No Comments

Whiplash is an epidemic, myth or fact?

The Government and insurers would have us believe (amongst other things)  that whiplash is an epidemic, with fraudulent claims costing society millions of pounds each year.

Hand in hand, they are seeking to effectively remove legal representation from many of  those who suffer from this often very painful condition as a result of an accident which was not their fault.

But what are the facts about whiplash ?

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) have carried out their own research, with some very interesting results.

Take a look.

The Whiplash Report 2012 – APIL

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18/01/2013 No Comments

Do we have the weakest necks in Europe?

Britain has more claims for whiplash than anywhere else in Europe, and the government is holding a summit today (2 May 2012) on how to tackle the problem.

The Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly  has told the BBC that over the last five years the number of road traffic accidents has fallen by 23%, but the number of claims has risen by 70%, with an average of 2.7 whiplash claims for every accident in the country.  He admitted that nobody knew how many of those claims are false.

It is claimed that whiplash claims add on average £90 a year to the cost of car insurance.

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02/05/2012 No Comments

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