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Fatal Car Accident Claims – Marijuana

Tragically it is not just human error, a split second wrong decision or complete and utter carelessness or recklessness that may cause a fatal road accident claim for compensation but what the driver does before getting behind the wheel.

The issue is drugs in society and seemingly freely available to many youngsters who drive today.

A recent study that the fatal accident claim solicitors blogged about earlier reported on a study by the Highway Safety Association which as reported that there are more fatal road accident claim due to drug taking than alcohol.

We reported that whilst this study was based on information from America, it is often the case (or at least is seems to give the impression) that come 10 years time, the UK will follow what the US does.

Cause for Concern – Fatal Car Accidents and Drug Taking?

As fatal accident claim solicitors specialising in this area, we consider that what happens in America will happen in the UK.  The report suggests that there were over 35,000 deaths due to road accidents.  A third of those drivers who died behind the wheel tested positive for some form of drug taking.

Marijuana – The Drug for Drivers?

The drug that most drivers that were killed behind the wheel in a fatal car accident claim had taken marijuana in some form or another. The next most common drug was amphetamine which showed up in about 9% of those deaths.

Should Marijuana be Legalised?

The report suggests that the rise in the number of fatal car accident claims due to drug taking coincided with the legalisation of the drug for recreational or medical use in more than 50% of the states in America.

The are calls in the UK for this drug to be legalised and perhaps this is one form of evidence that suggests that before we consider going down this road, more studies and safeguards should be considered.

Man Charged With Death by Dangerous Driving

Death by careless driving is a common charge by the Police where a person has been or thought to have driving a motor vehicle in a way that may cause a fatal injury or an accident.

In one tragic case, a man from Portsmouth has been charged with suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving when after enquires and inspection of his vehicle a Ford Focus when a controlled drug was suspected to be over the prescribed limit.

In an article in referring to the fatal car accident there were tributes to the young former nursery worker who sadly lost her life in the fatal car accident.

It is reported that the ‘Vauxhall Corsa she had been driving home from work flipped on to its roof after leaving the carriageway hitting the central grass bank.’

‘Police say the male suspect is helping with their enquiries and there is no evidence to suggest at this stage that the two vehicles collided.’

Fatal Car Accidents

Unfortunate fatal car accidents are common on UK roads.  Whilst over recent years there has been a slight down turn in deaths on the road nevertheless it is still such a tragic statistic for each and every family affected by the untimely loss.

Any family member or concerned friend who requires some legal advice and assistance of what to do, how to obtain justice please contact us for advice and assistance.

 

Fatal Injury Car Crash in Manchester

A police car chase in Manchester in the early hours of Sunday morning, has resulted in the driver of the car fatally killed and two others injured.

The Manchester Traffic Police were said to be following a S Class Mercedes just before the vehicle collided with a Mini on Chester Road in Old Trafford.

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The driver of the S Class car was said to be killed and the ocupants of the Mini motor vehicle were reported not to have suffered life changing injuries.  They were both taken to hospital.

In the Mirror News paper it reports:

Greater Manchester Police’s Professional Standards Branch is investigating this incident, which has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in line with normal police policy.

More Information on Fatal Road Accidents

If you have been affected by this tragic road fatality and wish to seek independent advice from specialist fatal accident claim solicitors please contact us now.  Even if you are a concerned friend of a family member who  has lost a loved one get in contact with us now for help and support.  We are always here to help.

Teenager Lost Control of Vehicle

Teenager Lost Control of Vehicle

A 20-year-old male lost his life in a road traffic accident due to losing control of his vehicle causing him to crash into a vehicle before hitting tree’s on the opposite side of the road.

It is believed the deceased was travelling on a large stretch of road on the right side of the road when witnesses believe to have seen the vehicle becoming out of control and snaking onto the opposite side of the road.

The vehicle in which the deceased crashed into filled with smoke and the deceased’s car flipped over coming to a standstill in trees.

It is believed witnesses stopped at the scene of the accident and tried to open the door of the deceased’s vehicle, when they eventually got it open they could not find a pulse.

Emergency services were called and the deceased was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

In the coroners court it was confirmed the young driver died due to head injuries due to a road traffic collision.

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Fatal car accident statistics

The number of fatal road accidents in Britain for 2007, according to the Department of Transport, fell by 7% from 3,172 in 2006 to 2,943. The number of non-fatal serious injuries on the road was 30,720. There were 247,780 road casualties. The number of fatal accidents among car users were 1,431 and non-fatal serious injury accidents 11,536.

What can I claim?

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Not everyone connected to the deceased can claim compensation. The law limits the type of people who can claim. The word “family” and “dependants” are used to describe close family ties with the deceased such as children, wife or husband as this group of family members are often the most affected in a fatal accident claim and usually “dependant” upon the deceased.

Therefore the person(s) who can claim on behalf of the deceased are those close family members who were in some way “dependant” upon the deceased before and at the time of death which include:

  • Widow/Widower
  • Deceased’s infant children
  • Parents of the deceased
  • Any person who was living with the deceased as husband or wife immediately before the accident and was doing so for at least two years prior to the accident

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Young Driver Died Swerving from Oncoming Vehicle

Young Driver Died Swerving from Oncoming Vehicle

It is believed the young driver was travelling along a large stretch of road when he seen in his distance a vehicle travelling towards him so he quickly swerved and hit a heavy goods vehicle to avoid a head on collision which resulted in him losing his life.

An investigation to place in which it was founded that the driver of the Nissan Juke was indicating to turn left off a side road when he seen the deceased vehicle spin off and then hit the HGV truck.

As a result of the accident, a post-mortem took place in which it was found that the deceased sadly lost his life due to multiple injuries to his body as a result of a road traffic accident.

Pain and suffering due to a fatal car accident

Nobody can put a cost on the death of a loved one following a fatal car accident. The personal tragedy, pain and suffering is immeasurable. The number of deaths on the Road is around 3,000 per year.

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Sympthetic advice

Here at R James Hutcheon Solicitors we do understand that compensation is often a secondary thought, but making a claim helps maintain financial stability and relieve the financial worry and stress that comes with losing a loved one especially if they were the main “bread winner.”

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There are a number of things family or loved ones of the deceased can claim for following a fatal car accident, for example:

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The above is subject to the relation to the deceased, for more information please do not hesitate to contact one of our highly experienced solicitors to discuss your query.

Every Fatal Road Deaths In The UK 2018

Fatal Road Deaths – Map of The UK

Updated to 2018. In a interesting webpage from the BBC every road death on UK roads has been recorded by the Police so that anybody can search where they live or any particular location in the UK to establish how safe your road is.

How Safe Is The Area Where You Live?

See below which provides a link where you can type your post code and it will reveal all the crash reports recorded in your area.

To September 2017 the number of people killed on the roads amounted to 1,720.  The 2018 figures are awaited. There has been a drop in deaths over the last 8 years but nevertheless the rate is still too high and every effort by the authorities has to be made to reduce the tragedies on UK roads.

In the year 2010, the Police is said to have recorded 1,850 deaths with 22,660 people seriously injured and 184,138 sustaining only minor injury.

Maria Eagle, the Labour Shadow Transport Secretary said that:

These are real people’s lives destroyed.  Parents losing children, children losing parents.  This is avoidable and we have to focus on reduction.”

Road Accidents Crash Map

The interactive map has been provided by the Department of Transport and covers years 1999 – 2008.  For more information on the data, how it was collected please see Crash: About the road accident fatalities.

The data collected can be searched by all or any of the following:

Liverpool RTA death map

  • Death by car accident
  • Death to pedestrian
  • Death motorbike
  • Death cycle
  • Death bus
  • Death Goods Vehicle
  • Other

MOTORWAY CRASHES – MOST DANGEROUS

Motorways are statistically safer than A Roads, whilst driving at a faster speed, all traffic are traveling in the same direction but when a collision occurs there is often serious injury and death. The top five fatal accident black spots on our motorways are set out below.

Trunk Roads

Truck road or ‘A’ roads are statistically a lot more dangerous than motorways.  The statistics speak for themselves when comparing deaths per mile.  The A road are more diverse, have various hazards, most of the traffic are two ways, creating more of a head on collision.

The truck roads also pass through towns, villages, consist of dual carriageways and country roads.

The most fatal car crashes however occur on the A215. This road is just 10 miles long, has had 2,800 plus crashes and 23 fatal car accidents.

According to Wikipedia it states:

The A215 is an A road in South London, starting at Elephant and Castle and finishing around Shirley. It runs through the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Croydon.

The A215 was Britain’s most crash-prone A-road between 1999–2010, having had 2,836 crashes over its 10 mile length. [1]

Accident Map in the UK 2018

For the year 2018 there has been a delay by the Department for Transport due to data supply issues.  However the following data is listed on their website for all recorded road accidents on UK roads including fatal car accidents.

The list of years are below from 2010 to 2018 (albeit delayed).

  1. 2018
  2. Publications 2017
  3. Publications 2016
  4. Publications 2015
  5. Publications 2014
  6. Publications 2013
  7. Publications 2012
  8. Publications 2010
  9. Data tables

Crash Statistics for 2017

In the report from the DfT the information supplied are summarised as follows:

  • There were 1,720 fatal road deaths ending September 2017.
  • The 2017 year is unremarkable to the previous year.
  • A total of 27,101 people sustained serious injury or or were killed.
  • A total of over 174,000 casualties.
  • The volume of motor traffic levels increased by 1%.
  • The total number of pedestrian injuries increased by 4$.
  • There are over 24,000 pedestrian injuries.
  • Over 6,000 pedestrians were involved in a fatal road crash or serious injury.

The conclusions for 2017 was that there was a significant decrease in the number of personal injuries across the board.

The DfT say that although the number of people that were killed in road traffic accidents has decreased, it appears that this is only a ‘natural variation.’

Local Interactive Fatal Car Crash Report

Provided by the BBC website with data from the Department for Transport, an interactive website has been developed so you can easily assess the number of tragic fatal accidents close to where you live.  All you need to do is click on the link below:

How to find how safe the roads are where you live:

  • Click on the above map.
  • Enter your local Authority.
  • You will then be able to see all the road deaths represented by dots on the map.
  • On the right hand side, the default search is ‘All; but you can also search by car, bike, pedestrian.

Some more statistics from the data

  • From the Map that statistics make chilling reading as it says that for 11 years between 1999 – 2010 there have been over 36,000 people killed on Britain’s roads.
  • Cyclists Killed on the roads 1,575.
  • Dangerous driving, it is claimed that one in every two fatal accidents where there has been a death by dangerous driving charge has a criminal record.
  • ‘White Van Man’ and truckers are top of the list for offences.
  • Bikers account for 1% of road traffic accidents but account for 21% of fatal accident claims.
  • There were 8,424 pedestrians killed, majority during rush hour.

But what about the A537?

Reporting in the Mail Online, Britain’s most dangerous road is the A537 in the North West, a place called Maccesfield, Cheshire.  The data has been complied by the Charity, Road Safety Foundation and EuroRAP

It claims that there were 44 fatal or serious car crashes in a period of just four years (that is between 2007-2011).

This was followed by A5012 which is between the A515 and the A6 in the East Midlands where there the statistics have raised from 18 to 25 fatal accidents or life changing serious injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father of Three Dies in Fatal Car Accident

Father of Three Dies in Fatal Car Accident

A father-of-three died at the scene of a fatal car accident which involved the deceased’s car and another vehicle.

It is believed the deceased was over taking at the time of the accident which was a result of this fatal accident just moments after dropping his children off after a fun filled day.

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The deceased was driving a Ford Focus on a long stretch of road when he moved to overtake a grey Toyota Corolla when he collided with a Volkswagen which was travelling on the opposite side of the road that resulted in them colliding head on and rolling over and coming to stop in a field.

The driver of the Golf suffered minor injuries, but unfortunately the father-of-three died at the scene of the accident due to fatal head injuries.

Fatal Car Accidents and Claim Solicitors

Here at R James Hutcheon Solicitors we understand that nobody can put a cost on the death of a loved one following a fatal car accident. The personal tragedy, pain and suffering is immeasurable. It is believed the number of deaths on the road amounts up to around 3,000 per year.

“What are your charges?”

If you are wondering about costs for legal advice, you have nothing to worry about if you come with us due to us working on a No Win, No Fee basis which means if we do not win your case you do not have to pay us anything.

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Contact one of our specialist solicitors we have over 27 years of experience in handling fatal accidents cases.   There are time limits to claim compensation for fatal car accident claim so please don’t leave it too late.

Two Men Die Due to a Accident with a Tractor

Two Men Die Due to a Accident with a Tractor

It is believed the two men aged 24, was on their way from to a fishing trip when the crash crash, it is claimed occurred.

A third passenger was involved in this fatal car accident but survived with only minor injuries.

The deceased driver is believed to have failed to stop at a junction which resulted in him colliding with a tractor.

An inquest took place and the tractor driver told the coroner that the vehicle collided head on with his tractor and spun around before crashing into a road sign which sadly resulted in them loosing their life.

The two deceased men were pronounced dead at the scene of the fatal car accident.

The coroner ruled their death was caused by catastrophic injuries resulting in fatal road traffic collision.

Information to families of the deceased – Fatal Car Accident.

By instructing the fatal accident claims solicitors you will NOT BE ALONE.  Every death is a tragic chapter and through life it is something we will all experience. But when it is so sudden and to the young the pain can be more than unbearable.  Nobody can do now bring back the life of your Wife, Husband, Partner Brother, Sister and even a Child.  However the family left behind have to continue even when at times it may seem pointless.

The legal side of things plays an important part following a death due to a fatal road accident.  It may seem like a blur to bereaved families but it has to be done.  The Government have historic legal authority over the body of the deceased, whether we like it or not.

For further reading, please click on our fatal car accident claims guide.

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32-year-old killed in fatal car accident.

32-year-old killed in fatal car accident.

The father of two, was travelling on a motorway, travelling towards the coast when the accident happened.

A witness told the Coroner’s Court that they saw smoke coming from the vehicle just before it lost control and a lorry driver had recorded what is believed to be the deceased travelling at speed along the busy motorway for approximately 14 miles.

The forensic investigators found that the deceased was travelling at speed overtaking a secondary vehicle when he lost control, veered across the carriageway and crashed through a barrier.

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It is believed the deceased was thrown from his vehicle, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle the deceased was travelling in suffered extensive damage and the roof panel had been forced down into the passenger area. Both doors had been torn off and a tyre was deflated.

The deceased suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene of the fatal car accident.

Fatal Car Accident Support

For help and support following a road fatality to a close relative please contact us.  We will hold your hand and provide expert sympathetic advise throughout this difficult time.   All our road accident claims are dealt with under our No Win, No Fee, Solicitor Service.

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Contact one of our highly experienced solicitors discuss all aspects of making a claim or click on the following links below for more information.  When you are ready we are.  Please be aware there is a 3 year time limit from the date of death to make a fatal car accident claim however.

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Fatal Car Accidents

Fatal Car Accidents and Compensation Claim Solicitors

Nobody can put a cost on the death of a loved one following a fatal car accident. The personal tragedy, pain and suffering is immeasurable. Whilst the law treats the death of a loved one following a fatal car accident as the same as other tragic accidents, fatal car accidents deserve a particular mention here because of the number of deaths on the Road (about 3,000 per year).

Fatal road accident claims

It is often the case that death by dangerous driving often leave bereaved families let down by the Justice system.  With only 60% of drivers being procectued and an average prison sentence of 4 years really is not good enough.  With compensation that follows a fatal road accident by dangerous or careless driving, totally inadequate, it is common feeling of injustice for the victim and the family left behind.

The two main types of fatal accident claims that arise from the following charges made out by the police:

Fatal road accident claims may also arise without any charge of criminal activity on behalf of the driver(s) to blame.  This is because to charge a driver with death by careless or dangerous driving requires a higher standard of proof by the police (or Crown Prosecution Service ‘CPS’).  The phrase most people would have heard from films is ‘proof beyond reasonable doubt.’  However in a civil claim as opposed to criminal, where compensation is claimed against the driver(s), the standard of proof the fatal accident solicitors need is ‘on a balance of probabilities’ i.e. proof of blame above 50%.

Help & Support When You Need It – Fatal Accidents

Despite the hurdles families have to face when they lose a loved one following a death in a fatal car accident, nevertheless there is an enormous amount of work we can do to help you.  From helping with the investigations about the cause of the fatal road accident to dealing with the paper-work and compensation amount we will be here for you every step of the way.

Our NO WIN, NO FEE, SOLICITOR service means that there will be at least one less worry on the families behalf by instructing us the specialist in fatal car accident claims.

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Fatal Car Accidents – Multiple Hurt

With fatal car accidents the tragedy is often amplified by the fact that the same members of one family and/or close friends are often occupants in the same car. In a number of cases, several family members are killed. The effects are devastating and even more so if the driver of the same family was at fault.  We will be  here to support the family get to the truth and guide them through the legal maze and see a sense of justice through the pain and hurt.

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Further reading on fatal motor accident claims

Below are some helpful links for further reading:

Fatal accident – Death by dangerous driving

Bereavement award – criminal injuries compensation claims

Fatal road accident claims

Fatal car accidents

Fatal motor accident claims guide

Fatal road accident – uninsured driver, motor insurance bureau

Sympathetic Advice

At R James Hutcheon Solicitors we do understand that compensation is often a secondary thought, but making a claim helps maintain financial stability and relieve the financial worry and stress that comes with losing a a loved one especially if they were the main “bread winner.” Below is a list of most common questions asked by bereaved families:-

  • Who will pay the bills?
  • Who will look after the children?
  • Often a claim out of financial necessity as well as getting to the truth of what happened tends to be the dominant factors when family dependants instruct solicitors.
  • It’s not just about compensation.
  • Our specialist fatal accident team helps the family achieve a sense of justice by taking action against the Defendant to prove fault and to legally represent the family at the inquest to help investigate the cause of death.
  • Family Claims – Passengers in a car will nearly always be entitled to compensation against the driver of the car they are traveling in, the driver of the other car or both. This is because they are innocent victims which sometimes means that they (or their estate) will have to claim against a family member who was at fault when driving the car they were traveling in. However, and in reality it is the insurance company of the driver who will pay the compensation.
  • If the driver does not have any insurance please see below in respect of “MIB” cases. In such tragic cases a claim for compensation must be considered and expert solicitor representation should be sought.
  • Uninsured or Untraced Fatal Car Accident Claims (MIB Claims) – A sizable number of fatal and non-fatal but serious accidents result in a driver being uninsured or failing to stop at the scene of the accident. You should not give up hope in claiming compensation as the Motor Insuers Bureau (“MIB”) was set up to compensate victims/family members of car accidents. Compensation will be payable in the usual way.
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Who Can Claim?

Not everyone connected to the deceased can claim compensation. The law limits the type of people who can claim. The word “family” and “dependants” are used to describe close family ties with the deceased such as children, wife or husband as this group of family members are often the most affected in a fatal accident claim and usually “dependant” upon the deceased.

Therefore the person(s) who can claim on behalf of the deceased are those close family members who were in some way “dependant” upon the deceased before and at the time of death which include:

  • Widow/Widower
  • Deceased’s infant children
  • Parents of the deceased
  • Any person who was living with the deceased as husband or wife immediately before the accident and was doing so for at least two years prior to the accident

A fatal accident claim on behalf of the deceased can also be made if the deceased would have been able to claim compensation himself/herself at the time of death.

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Some Fatal Road Accident Statistics

The number of fatal road accidents in Britain for 2007, according to the Department of Transport, fell by 7% from 3,172 in 2006 to 2,943. The number of non-fatal serious injuries on the road were 30,720. There were 247,780 road casualties. The number of fatal accidents among car users were 1,431 and non-fatal serious injury accidents 11,536. The number of fatal accidents and non-fatal serious accidents involving children was 3,090, of those 1,899 were pedestrians, 121 children died on the roads. There were 644 pedestrian fatal accidents. Pedal cyclists fatal accidents fell from 146 in 2006 to 136 in 2007, serious non-fatal accidents rose by 6% to 2,428. There were 588 motorcyclists fatally killed, the number of fatal and non-fatal but serious accidents rose on the previous year to to 6,737. All motorcycle accidents was 1% higher at 23,459. The Cost of road accidents is estimated to about £20,000 million in which 95% are of human error. One is seven people fatally killed on the road have a drink-drive element. There are about 31million vehicles on the road.  Deaths of the road to car accident for further reading and advice.

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