Most common causes of road traffic accidents

Most common causes of road traffic accidents According to statistics released by the Department for Transport, there were a total of 140,086 road traffic accidents in the UK that resulted in personal injury in 2015. That works out at almost 12,000 a month, or just under 400 every day. Of those accidents that are reported, a total of 1,618 resulted in at least one fatality – which works out as more than four road accidents every day that result in a fatality. There are many different causes of road traffic accident, and we have identified the most common below… Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs Despite frequent campaigns and heavier penalties, drunk drivers are still a major cause of road traffic accidents and related injuries. Alcohol can significantly impair judgement and slows down reaction times, which can lead to very serious accidents on the road. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the legal limit for driving is 80 milligrams of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of blood; 35 micrograms of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of breath and 107 milligrams of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of urine. It therefore does not take much for drivers to be…

Are trampoline parks safe?

Trampoline accidents – are trampoline parks safe? Trampoline parks are a growing trend in the UK, with new sites opening at a rapid rate since the first one opened in 2014. They were first popularised in the US, but have become a favourite destination for young children in the UK – and with the summer holidays fast approaching this year promises to be a bumper year for trampoline parks in the UK. Despite their popularity though, trampoline parks pose a significant risk. According to a recent study by Direct Line trampolines are now the number one cause of injury to children under the age of 14 – with more and more cases resulting in litigation. As well as that study, the BBC have produced their own figures showing that in the year up to April 2016 a total of 315 ambulances were called to 30 different trampoline parks in the UK. While the numbers of injuries sustained may be low in terms of the total number of users of trampoline parks, the resulting injury is often a very serious one which can range from soft tissue injuries to broken limbs, fractured vertebrae and serious head injuries. Trampoline park safety rules…

Woman dies after being hit by lorry on Queens Drive

Woman dies after being hit by lorry on Queens Drive A woman has died after being hit by a lorry on Queens Drive. Queens Drive from the junction with East Prescot Road towards Bootle There was a large police presence following the incident last Wednesday (17 May), as two fire engines and four emergency response vehicle attended the scene. The woman, who was in her 30’s, was hit by the articulated lorry shortly after 7pm and was taken to hospital with serious injuries, where she passed away a short time later. A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: “At approximately 7pm emergency services were contacted following reports a woman had been in collision with an articulated lorry on Queens Drive. “The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene and the Bootle-bound carriageway of Queens Drive was closed from the junction of East Prescot Road to Alder Road to allow an investigation to be carried out. “An investigation is underway and CCTV and house to house enquiries have been carried out in the local area.” Following the accident police closed the road between Alder Road and East Prescot Road as the emergency crews gave medical assistance. An eye-witness described the incident saying…

5 facts about whiplash

5 facts about whiplash Whiplash is one of the most common personal injuries people suffer, and subsequently the subject of a lot of compensation claims. According to the ABI there are approximately 1,500 whiplash personal injury claims made every day in the UK, which costs the insurance industry about £2 billion per year and is estimated to add £90 onto our car insurance premiums. Despite it being so common, though, whiplash is still a slightly misunderstood condition – so here are some facts about whiplash and the claims process… 1. Whiplash isn’t just caused by car accidents Although whiplash is most commonly associated with front or rear impact car collisions – which causes the head to jerk backwards and/or forwards and damages the tendons and ligaments in the neck – whiplash can actually happen at any time. For example, the same damage to the neck can occur from a fall from height, or from certain high-impact sports like skiing, snowboarding, football, gymnastics, rugby and football. 2. Whiplash doesn’t require a lot of force It’s often a surprise after a relatively small bump in the car to wake up the next morning with the stiff neck that is a sure sign of…

Road accident causes Toyota to flip onto its roof on Valley Road in Kirkby

Road accident causes Toyota to flip onto its roof on Valley Road in Kirkby A car was left upside down following a recent collision in Kirkby. The junction of Valley Road and Bewley Road, Kirkby Merseyside police, fire and ambulance services attended the scene on Valley Road after the collision was reported at approximately 6.50pm on Saturday 13 May. A spokesman for Merseyside police confirmed that a Toyota car was involved in the accident, which happened at the junction with Bewley Drive. A taxi driver who drove passed the scene of the accident expressed his surprise at the accident: “God knows how they ended up toppled over. I was shocked – it’s only a 30mph road. There was only one car involved which was on its roof. I couldn’t see any damage nearby, or what they had hit. I had a fare in Kirkby and saw it when I came up Valley Road. There were a couple of police cars, ambulance workers and a fire crew, so they must have needed to cut them out. There were some cones blocking off the vehicle too, but it’s a dual carriageway so I think they just reduced it to one lane…” A Merseyside…

Boy, aged 10, in intensive care after being hit by car on Liverpool Road

Boy, aged 10, in intensive care after being hit by car on Liverpool Road A 10 year old boy who was hit by a car earlier this week in Huyton is still in intensive care at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Liverpool Road, Huyton, where the accident happened The crash happened on Liverpool Road, with one witness saying the unnamed child was getting off a bus close to the Blue Bell Primary Care Centre when the incident happened. It is believed that a silver Kia Carens struck the child on Sunday afternoon, the driver of which stopped at the scene and is helping the police – who are still appealing for witnesses. The eyewitness who called the ambulance after the accident, Chantell Balmer, told the Liverpool Echo: “He was crying and in a lot of pain. I think the ambulance took him to Alder Hey. He got off the bus and walked in front of it. He didn’t see the car coming and it won’t have seen him come out in front of the bus. The car hit him and he was thrown up the road and by the time I got to him he was unconscious.” A spokesman for Merseyside…

How new technology is impacting personal injury law

How new technology is impacting personal injury law Not long ago an Uber self-driving car made the headlines after it crashed into an oncoming vehicle, but it’s not just driverless cars that are causing a stir. Everything from hover-boards to drones and e-cigarettes are raising interesting questions about personal injury law. As new technological developments become more and more important to our lives, they should be making everyday tasks simpler. Accessing endless amounts of data using a pocket-sized smartphone, tracking our fitness and day-to-day activity with a smartwatch, using high-end gadgets in the home and kitchen etc… But what if some of these new technologies actually make life more dangerous? For some, this could well be the case. Driverless cars taking to the roads, drones cruising the skies, people speeding around the streets on hover-boards etc… all have the potential to cause harm to users and others. So what exactly do these new technologies mean for personal injury law? Self driving cars A lot of tech and car companies are currently racing to get fully autonomous ‘self driving’ cars on the road. Google’s driverless car ‘division’ Waymo is currently testing cars in four cities in the US and have driven…

Top 5 most dangerous jobs in the UK

Top 5 most dangerous jobs in the UK Although accidents and injuries can happen at any workplace, there are some that are much more dangerous than others. Below we have identified the top 5 most dangerous jobs and workplaces in the UK, which feature the most accidents and serious injuries. If you have suffered an injury after an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, get in touch with CL Legal now to find out more about making a claim for the compensation you are entitled to.   Agricultural workers The agricultural sector has the highest death rate than any other in the UK, and it’s not hard to see why. As well as the dangerous heavy machinery that is constantly in use on farms, there is also the risk of coming into contact with hazardous substances and chemicals. There is also a significant risk associated with working outdoors for long periods, particularly the increased likelihood of a slip, trip, or fall. Not to mention the risk of being injured by a farm animal in the process of carrying out your duties. Learn more… Common farming accidents Dangerous machinery in the workplace What is farmer’s lung?   Builders Not far…

Who is at fault if a driverless car has an accident?

Who is at fault if a driverless car has an accident? With technology companies like Google, Uber, Tesla and Intel working on driverless cars, and manufacturers like Nissan currently testing them on UK roads, it feels like it is now inevitable that sometime in the not-too-distant future our roads will be dominated by self-driving cars. A recent survey has also found that UK drivers are becoming more welcoming of driverless cars, but despite the ongoing work to develop the technology there is one question that still needs to be answered: who is at fault if a driverless car has an accident? A Google self-driving car in action One of the apparent advantages of self-driving cars is that they would be a ‘safer’ option, and so far the statistics bear that out. However, accidents will never be completely eradicated from our roads – and as if to prove that point one of Google’s driverless cars had an accident just last month. The accident happened in California, US, and involved the self-driving car pulling out in front of a bus that was travelling at 15mph. As a road traffic accident it is pretty unremarkable, but because it involved a self-driving car it does…

Owners of Liverpool care home criticised for rooms like ‘prison cells’ handed fine of over £80,000

Owners of Liverpool care home criticised for rooms like ‘prison cells’ handed fine of over £80,000 The owners of a care home in Liverpool that was deemed dangerous have been fined more than £80,000. Two brothers, Amjad and Amer Latif admitted a total of 14 offences following investigations by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2015 which highlighted issues like residents were not being bathed and were being kept in rooms like ‘prison cells’. The CQC investigation led to a court order to close the Mossley Manor Care Home in Mossley Hill, which charged a minimum fee of £1,000 per month for its 43 permanent residents, after finding conditions to be, in the prosecutions words,  “depressing, unhygienic and unsafe.” The investigation was sparked after a woman called in the CQC after removing her mother from the care home just two hours after arriving due to the poor conditions. The inspectors found that there was no hot water at the care home, the toilets were dirty and there was a high risk of infections spreading. They also found that there was not enough staff on hand, a lack of suitably trained staff and some employees who were looking after vulnerable elderly…