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Road Accidents

A 26-year-old man has been awarded £2.3 million in compensation for personal injuries he sustained in a serious car accident. A driver was attempting an overtaking manoeuvre in order to pass a lorry when he hit Nazer Ahadi's vehicle head on, near Devizes, Swindon. He had been driving to work.

A family has received £625,000 in compensation following a High Court ruling.

Sasha Roberts from East Sussex, a promising young academic who was said to have had a brilliant career ahead of her, was in her car on the hard shoulder of the M2 near Kent when the accident happened back in 2006. 

The extreme low temperatures and icy conditions of the winter have wreaked havoc on Britain's roads, causing many potholes to form with expensive and often dangerous consequences for motorists and other road users.

The Asphalt Industry Alliance recently highlighted that some parts of the country could be affected by the legacy of the frozen conditions for as long as 15 years.

A motorcyclist, Stephen Sim raised a court action against Strathclyde Fire Board following a road traffic accident on Saturday 23 April 2005. The compensation claim was made because Mr Sim alleged that the driver of the fire engine, who he collided with, had driven without due care and attention and caused the road traffic accident.

An 8 year old boy recently sustained serious personal injuries when he ran out in front of a car driving in a residential area.

At the Court of Appeal the judge held that the driver had negligently hit the 8 year old boy who ran out from the pavement onto the road, had the driver not been concentrating on the car immediately in front which was turning left the accident could have been prevented.

Whilst driving along the M53 David Tolley noticed a road traffic accident had occurred.  A woman had crashed into the central reservation following a hail storm. Mr Tolley stopped his vehicle on the hard shoulder and crossed the motorway to rescue the woman involved in the road traffic accident.

A bus driver is facing prosecution after the vehicle he was driving crashed on the A9 whilst carrying a party of elderly holidaymakers.

Northern Constabulary advised that a 62 year old bus driver had been reported to the Procurator-fiscal in connection with the accident which occurred on the 16th April.  It is thought that he faces charges under the Road Traffic Act. 

In the recent case of Hunter v Niemiec in Glasgow Sheriff Court, Hunter claimed compensation from the driver of a car that crashed into the rear of his van.

The claimant, a self-employed delivery driver suffered whiplash injuries and losses that lasted approximately six months due to the car accident.  The claimant was a keen sportsman playing golf four or five times a week having a handicap of 6, football twice a week and tennis once a week, unfortunately as a result of his personal injuries he was unable to play his sports for months following the accident.

The busy M8 westbound carriageway was closed on the 27th April 2010 due to a road traffic accident involving a Strathclyde Police Car.

The road traffic accident occurred when the police car was travelling with its blue flashing light on along the westbound carriageway.  The two police officers in the car sustained minor personal injuries.

No Win No Fee specialist lawyers Thompsons helped two victims of a traffic accident win their compensation claims after advising them to reject ‘derisory’ offers made by the insurers of the driver responsible.

Derek Noble and Hazel Simpson (both members of the UNISON Trade Union) were driving along Old Largs Road, Greenock when a car approached at speed and the driver appeared to lose control.

Mr Noble tried to brake but the other car crashed into the side of their vehicle. 

Police and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident and the couple were taken by ambulance to Inverclyde Royal hospital in Greenock. 

Both were examined at A&E and later discharged the same day.  Both clients suffered sprains to their neck and back, with Mr Noble also sustaining bruising to his arms and legs and Mrs Simpson suffering from severe bruising to her chest.

In addition, both clients experienced travel anxiety following the car accident, particularly Mrs Simpson.
 
Mr Noble’s recovery period was around 4 months, with Mrs Simpson was fully recovered by around 9 months post accident.
 
Because the offers of settlement were so low Thompsons Compensation Claim specialists raised the case in Greenock Sheriff Court and the Defenders again tried to settle the case with slightly increased offers in both cases. 

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