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Four years on from the explosion of an RAF Nimrod over Afghanistan that was shown to have been “never airworthy” , the families of the victims secured £15million in civil compensation.The compensation was paid to family members of the 14 crew who died due to the faulty plane they were being carried in. Wives and girlfriends received compensation payments of £800,000 for their loss, with other family members receiving compensation payments at more meagre levels.
Every year around 30 million vehicles travel in Britain and around 10,000 accidents are reported every day. Even though these include minor scrapes, bumps etc, it is still a worrying number and suggests people are not taking all necessary precautions they would be obliged to take.Car accidents vary considerably in there outcome and severity of injuries it may cause to the people involved in the accident. However, car accidents are not always just about the injuries, being involved in a car accident can easily mean getting involved in a financial disaster as well.
Continuing on my ‘no win no fee compensation’ blogging sabbatical I want to again talk about Politics and Achievements.As I mentioned last week, my big mate Frank Maguire, Senior Partner here at Thompsons won Solicitor of the Year for 2010.
I was astonished this week to read in the news that there was a lorry driver travelling in his lorry, with a laptop and DVD player mounted on his dashboard. Incredible as it may seem, but he appeared to be watching a DVD as he was driving a 30 tonne vehicle. Not only that, when he was stopped by the police, it was found that there were other faults with the vehicle including an under inflated tyre.
I like toast and butter for breakfast, which is why I felt unwell when I read the story of Mr Forse who found a dead mouse in a loaf he had bought online through Tesco.Mr Forse noticed something dark in colour in the corner of three or four slices of the loaf of bread. When he looked closer at the dark areas, he noticed fur. Mr Forse examined the loaf and found that there was a dead mouse embedded in the side of the loaf. He called the local environmental health office who immediately attended his home to collect the loaf of bread.
I was surfing the internet at the weekend and I saw that a champion cyclist has been awarded a record breaking £14 million in compensation after his career was destroyed when he was hit by a car.As a result of the road traffic accident Manny Helmot was the use of his right arm. He has also been left partially sighted and has sustained brain injuries. The athlete who had represented Guernsey at the Commonwealth Games only a few months before the accident spent a total of 36 weeks in hospital.
I took a break from helping you with your No Win No Fee compensation claims this week and instead focused my efforts on the forthcoming Penrose Inquiry (called this because it will be chaired by Supreme Court judge Lord Penrose).
Ever since I started reading about the possibility of driving an uncrashable car I have been reading about the subject with great interest and I have been asking my friends what they think. I am happy to see any ideas which will make the roads a safer place and prevent road traffic accidents. I think that the rate that technology is advancing is fantastic and cannot wait to see what the inventors come up with. However some of my friends seem to think that having a car which doesn’t crash is a really bad idea!!