At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

As always, for any concerns, advice and updates on your case; Talk to Thompsons.

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Road Traffic Claims

A fatal accident inquiry into the Glasgow bin lorry road accident is due to begin on 22 July and will look into a number of issues such as the relevance of the driver's medical history and his fitness or otherwise to hold a licence.

During the preliminary hearing, which began at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Monday it was stated that the inquiry will also examine questions related to the functionality and safety of the vehicle itself, the route it took on the day of the road accident and, importantly, how it came to pass that six people were killed, with a further 10 sustaining serious personal injury.

There is nothing more important than saving lives and saving lives is, fortunately, what Scottish Road Safety Week is all about.

Yes, running from 4 to 10 May, this year's Scottish Road Safety Week is primarily looking to address the issue of child road safety and the numbers of children who suffer personal injury in car accidents in Scotland

Whiplash is caused when a person sustains a sudden jolt to their head or body. This damages the muscles, ligaments, tendons or other soft tissues. It is most often caused by the sudden deceleration mechanism when a car brakes sharply. During a car accident a person’s neck is thrown forwards and then quickly jerked backwards, often passed their shoulders. Properly fitted head restraints can help to minimise such injuries.  Whiplash can also be caused by vigorous movements and overstretches. While we have never had a case of whiplash caused by excessive drumming, it can also be caused by slips, falls, sports injuries, and assaults.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car burst into flames on the B979 outside of Aberdeen.

A Ford Fiesta and a Ford Ka were travelling along the stretch of road when the two vehicles collided with one another. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

A Kirkcaldy resident, who lost the use of his right arm in a motorbike accident, has gone on to be selected to represent Great Britain in the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships.

Derek Rae's motorbike was in collision with an articulated truck on his way home from St Andrews in June 2010.

Police are appealing for the public to come forward with further information in regards to a road traffic accident which occurred in Turnberry, South Ayrshire on 11 January.

A vehicle travelling along Girvan Road was in collision with a gritter lorry injuring the car's driver and passenger.

A pedestrian was seriously injured when she was hit by a lorry while walking through Selkirk Market Place on 15 December.

The driver of the articulated lorry had attempted to make a right-angle turn down a narrow road when the incident occurred.

Since 5th December 2014 the legal limit has been reduced from 80 milligrams of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood to 50 milligrams of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood. This change caught out 5 people within hours of its implementation. Don’t be one of them. If you are caught not only do you face a 12 month ban, a £5,000 fine, and potential imprisonment, but you could cause someone else serious injury or death. 500 people per year are injured as a result of drunk drivers, and 20 of them are killed. This change may help to reduce those figures by shifting public attitudes. Even a small amount of alcohol affects the time taken for the brain to process information. Slow reaction times cause accidents.

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