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Driverless car accidents pose danger for paramedics

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Paramedics are being warned of the dangers of driverless car accidents and how to take care when assisting injured passengers.

Guidance issued by Waymo – a self-driving technology development company – says that paramedics should keep the door of the vehicle open. If they don’t, the self-driving car may drive off while they’re trying to help injured accident victims.

Further guidance also suggests ways of disabling the vehicle to stop it driving off as well.

So, how worried should we be?

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First pedestrian killed by a self-driving car

self-driving car kills pedestrian

Given there are clearly a number of outstanding safety issues and concerns over autonomous and self-drive cars, we have done a number of blogs about them in recent weeks and months.

Although there have been several accidents involving self-drive cars so far, we now have the first incident of a pedestrian killed by a self-drive car as well.

A self-drive Uber SUV that was in autonomous mode reportedly struck a 49-year-old woman earlier this week, fatally injuring her. The incident has once against called in to question the safety of self-drive vehicles that our own government are pushing to be on our roads in the next few years.
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Self-driving vehicles and legal claims for compensation

confusion over compensation for self-driving car accidents

In the next few years, the government wants autonomous vehicles – including self-driving lorries – on Britain’s roads. The problem is what happens when there is an accident, as well as how accidents can be stopped when a vehicle is essentially being controlled by a potentially fallible computer.

There have already been a number of incidents and fatalities with self-drive vehicles involved, so how can we be assured that they’re completely safe on our roads? If something does go wrong, how do we nail who is liable between a “driver” who may still be in the seat, and the manufacturer.
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Mini Cooper brake light malfunction could cause crashes

mini cooper brake light recall

A fleet of Mini Cooper cars have been recalled due to a brake light fault.

It’s not yet known exactly how many Mini Coopers could be recalled worldwide.

According to regulators, BMW is recalling 16,883 Mini Cooper Clubman, Mini Cooper S Clubman and Mini JCW Clubman cars to address the potential brake light malfunction.

The cars are in the 2016 and 2017 model years, and they’re arguably a road traffic accident waiting to happen!
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Are autonomous vehicles safer than human-driven vehicles?

how safe are self-driving vehicles?

Self-driving vehicles has been on the rise in recent years, and it’s been made easier by advancing technology.

However, not all technology has positive effects on our lives, and Uber’s self-driving vehicle crash is a stark reminder of how dangerous innovation can be, and how careful we need to be when advancing ourselves.

Safety must always be the primary concern.
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Motorbike compensation – Getting the right help!

Many lawyers help people with straightforward road accident cases, ourselves included. But there are certain types of road accidents that can ask more from your average lawyer, and motorbike compensation claims are often among them.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – a motorbike, of course, doesn’t offer the rider the same protection a car does. The result is that motorbike compensation victims are often badly hurt, and that is where our unique and powerful experience can be useful to you.
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Making a claim if you are a passenger in a car crash

road traffic accident claims

If you are a passenger in a car crash, it is likely that you have an almost guaranteed claim for personal injury if you have suffered injury as a result.

I can say this because in most cases, as a passenger, there is nothing that you could have done to have contributed toward or prevented the accident. After all as a passenger you are probably not in control of any vehicles involved in a crash.

So if you are a passenger in a car crash then we can help you.
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Everything you need to know about MIB untraced driver claims

If you are involved in a road traffic accident you would expect that the other driver would have insurance and that they would stop and exchange details with you at the scene of the accident. That is after all what every good upstanding citizen has been taught to do. However, sadly, it is the case that some people just aren’t like the rest of us. So if you’ve been in an accident and the other driver has sped off before you can so much as get a glimpse of their registration number, what do you do?

You use the MIB Untraced Driver Agreement – and we can give you an insight in to this below.
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How to make a successful pothole claim

Making a successful pothole claim is not an easy thing to do. The law that applies when investigating and finding out whether you are entitled to compensation for a pothole accident is not on the side of the victim at all.

On top of that, courts generally do not like cases against the public sector, so even where we believe you have a genuine claim you may still not win.

This, of course, leaves the question: what’s the best way of making a successful pothole claim?
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Road Accident while changing lanes – who is at fault?

As I always like to say when writing my blogs, the advice can be very circumstantial, and normally a lot of it all comes down to the individual case itself. That being said the advice in this article may be of use to you if you are trying to determine who may be at fault in a changing lanes accident.

A road accident involving changing lanes is a very common occurrence and if you have been involved in these circumstances then we should be able to help and advise you.
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