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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.

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In the recent case of Murphy v Smith News Trading and Another a Judge held that a lorry driver could not be held to blame for a road traffic accident despite speeding through a junction. The Judge refused to award compensation to the car driver who was injured in the accident.

In this case a lorry crashed into the side of a car. The driver of the car and two passengers suffered serious personal injuries and two other passengers in the car were killed in the accident. The driver of the car sought compensation for the losses and injuries she sustained as a result of the road traffic accident.

The accident occurred at a junction controlled by traffic lights. The lorry driver admitted that he had been travelling at a speed in excess of 30 miles per hour however, argued that the driver of the car must have gone through a red light as his light was green for him to proceed.

The car driver argued that even if she had driven through a red light the lorry driver ought to be found partly to blame for the accident because he was speeding.

The Judge held that the lorry driver’s speed was part of the circumstances, which cause the road traffic accident to occur, but did not cause the collision. The Judge held that the traffic light for the lorry driver to proceed through the junction was green. No compensation was awarded to the car driver as the lorry driver was not found in anyway to blame for the road traffic accident.

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