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Cycling is a fantastic way to get and stay fit. Regular cycling can also help you lose weight, and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. People who cycle regularly in adulthood typically have a fitness level of someone ten years younger, and a life expectancy two years above average.
Yet, over half the people questioned in a survey carried out by YouGov, commissioned by RoSPA in March 2015, said that they don’t cycle, with the main reasons being ‘concerns around the safety of road cycling’ and ‘concerns about driver’s treating them badly.’
In 2015, 18,844 cyclists were injured in reported road accidents, including 3,339 who were killed or seriously injured.
Common cycling accidents
Around 80% of cycling accidents occur in the daylight. The most dangerous hours for cyclists are between 3.00pm-6.00pm and 8.00am-9.00am on weekdays. However, cycling accidents in the dark are more likely to be fatal. More cycling accidents occur during the spring and summer months than in autumn and winter. However, the casualty rate in terms of miles travelled is higher over the autumn and winter period.
Common cycling injuries
If you have been involved in a non-fault road traffic accident as a cyclist and sustained an injury as a result; you may be entitled to compensation. Our Personal Injury team will be able to advise you on your prospects of success and we may be able to act for you under a Conditional Fee Agreement, on a no win no fee basis.
Please contact the Personal Injury team at Donald Race & Newton Solicitors on 01282 433241 to speak to our friendly Personal Injury team, or email email@example.com.
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Most holidays don’t go perfectly to plan. A slightly delayed flight, a bit of sunburn, a long queue at check in or a bad meal can be minor frustrations and are commonplace. But what happens when there are more serious issues that needs to be resolved? What if you’ve had the holiday from hell and you feel you deserve some compensation? Maybe you arrived and your luxury hotel was closed and they put you in a motel, maybe someone in your party suffered serious illness or injury as a result of the hotel’s negligence, maybe your flight home was cancelled and you had to pay for another…
Well, here is our step by step guide on how you can handle the situation and seek to resolve it:
1.) Have perspective
After a long day of travelling and minor delays it can be easy to see every little inconvenience as a nightmare. Think about the big picture, perhaps you are feeling more aggrieved than you normally might, look at the situation objectively. Don’t ruin a potentially great holiday before it starts by looking at everything with a negative mindset before you’ve had a chance to digest it.
2.) Speak to your tour operator
If you booked a package holiday you will likely have more chance of a quick resolution and of successfully claiming compensation should the dispute get that far. A package holiday company will have designed the whole holiday for you and made promises that they should have delivered on. Speak to them in the first instance, be reasonable and objective and they may well be able to resolve the situation there and then.
Do make sure you speak up quickly, give them chance to rectify the problem quickly, this will also put you in good standing should you try to claim later.
If you haven’t booked a package holiday, take the same approach with the specific operators you have a grievance with. This could be the airline, hotel, an excursion agent/operator or a transfer operator.
3.) Gather some evidence
Should your problem not be resolved to your satisfaction, gather some evidence. Take photos, videos, copies of communication and contact details of witnesses, if relevant. This is crucial should you want to progress your claim to court. It will also put you in a strong position should you present a case for compensation directly to the operator.
4.) Act on your evidence
You’ve arrived home, nothing has been done and you feel like you want to take the matter further in your quest for compensation. Collate all the detail you have and speak to a solicitor.
5.) Call DRN
Call our team of experts in cross border claims and over seas litigation. Led by director Matthew Finley they can be contacted on 01282 433 241.
6.) We will evaluate your case
We will provide you with a free initial assessment, advise you on the best legal course of action and the likely result of any claim. We will also advise whether we can pursue your claim under a ‘no win, no fee’ premise.
7.) We will proceed your claim for you
If instructed we will proceed. Whether you are looking to claim against loss of value, loss of enjoyment, out of pocket expenses, or as a result of minor or serious injury, our team has vast experience in managing travel claims, giving you the best chance of a successful outcome.
Most holidays aren’t quite perfect but that doesn’t stop you having a great time, which is certainly the case for the majority. However, if you are part of the unfortunate few and you’ve had a holiday that has left you wishing you had stayed at home, please do contact us today on 01282 433 241.
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Young drivers are involved in a huge proportion of road crashes, due to a combination of inexperience and a tendency of many to take risks.
Less than one in 12 licence holders is under 25, yet one in five fatal and serious injury crashes involve a driver this age. Often the victims are young people themselves: road crashes are the biggest killer of young people in the UK and worldwide.
What needs to be done?
To help young people be safer as drivers and passengers, we need a better driver training and testing system and compulsory road safety education. That’s why Brake call for graduated driver licensing (GDL), a system that allows new drivers to develop skills and experience gradually while less exposed to danger.
There are a number of variations on graduated driver licensing, but Brake calls for a system that includes a 12-month learner period, an initial test, and then a two-year novice period when you can drive independently but with restrictions – such as a late-night driving curfew. It’s used in other countries and it’s predicted it would prevent 400 deaths and serious injuries a year in the UK. We also call for better access to affordable public transport for young people, so fewer need to start driving in their teens.
As well as calling for government action, Brake works proactively with schools, colleges and emergency services to educate young people about staying safe on the road.
If you have been involved in a non-fault road traffic accident and suffered an injury as a result, Donald Race & Newton Solicitors are here to help. We offer a no win no fee service and our helpful and friendly team will deal with your personal injury claim quickly and efficiently. Call Charlotte Farrell or Hayley Pickles on 01282 433241 or email Charlotte firstname.lastname@example.org or Hayley email@example.com
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Tis the season to be jolly but when it comes to settling your personal injury claim on a pre medical basis, a quick cash payment is not always the answer.
As we approach Christmas many Defendant insurers may make a pre medical offer to settle your claim on a pre medical basis. These offers are made by the Defendant insurers and often used in the run up to Christmas in the hope that due to Claimant’s facing an expensive month the offer will be accepted with open arms. However, a pre medical offer is for life not just for Christmas and serious consideration must be taken when considering a pre medical offer.
Often pre medical offers are undervalued in comparison to the injuries suffered by the Claimant. Therefore, we would recommend that you are always medically examined to ensure that you are awarded the correct amount of compensation.
At Donald Race & Newton we offer a free no obligation interview and will conduct the work on a no win no fee basis. For a confidential discussion call the Personal Injury team on 01282 433241.