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Limiting Lorry Numbers During Peak Hours Could Help Reduce Cycling Casualties

20th June 2014

Posted by: Your Legal Friend


Are we about to see a major breakthrough in road safety culture aimed at protecting cyclists and pedestrians from accidents and injuries on Britain’s congested inner city roads?


Transport for London (TfL) have recently announced plans to reduce the number of lorries entering the capital during peak hours. They will also be testing equipment on buses that will alert drivers to the exact positioning of a cyclist in relation to their vehicle.


GP Surgery Hours: Are Mid-Week Closures Putting Patients Health At Risk?

13th June 2014

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

Patients and doctors are raising concern once more over restricted access to a quarter of GP surgeries, which are found to close for half a day in the middle of the working week. A recent investigation conducted by the Daily Mail also discovered that a number of surgeries can be closed for up to four and a half hours during the lunch time period.


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Rise In UK Road Congestion Impacting Driver Decisions

4th June 2014

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

The causes of road traffic accidents are not always as straightforward as sometimes assumed. Road safety campaigns have traditionally focused on warning motorists that “speed kills.”  But on today’s congested city and urban roads, it is increasingly low speed collisions and glancing impacts, which can be responsible for causing accidents and injuries to drivers and their passengers.

In their fourth annual survey of UK road journeys, TomTom navigation systems found that congestion had increased over the last year in ten cities, including London, Edinburgh and Liverpool, and since 2010, average journey times in the capital were taking up to 27 per cent longer than in “free-flowing” traffic. The survey also found that at the busiest times, such as during the morning and evening rush hours, smaller roads are twice as congested than on the main highways.

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Road Traffic Accidents On Holiday - Can You Claim?

30th May 2014

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

Holidaymakers are twice as likely to be involved in a car accident when driving in mainland Europe than in the UK, and the risk of a collision rises nearly threefold when in Greece and Portugal, according to a RAC Driving Abroad Report, published in 2013.

The British Foreign Office claim that the number of British tourists involved in road collisions has risen, in particular, at popular holiday destinations, such as Spain and Australia.

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Complaints Of Negligence Rise As Property Buying Boom Puts Pressure On Conveyancing Process

20th May 2014

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

Are conveyancing solicitors tripping over themselves and making mistakes as they try to keep up with the demands of an unstoppable property bubble? Between 2013 /14, one in every five complaints received  by the Legal Ombudsmen (LeO) involved residential conveyancing, which they state has become “the most complained about area of law.”

In fact, complaints regarding conveyancing issues made to the LeO by residential property buyers are reported to have increased by 25 per cent  in the last twelve months.

It was further revealed that of the 1,500 complaints a significant number centred upon the payment of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) during the purchase of residential property valued above £125,000. According to LeO, as property prices continue to accelerate  “there is concern that lawyers are sacrificing quality of service to keep up with demand.”

Hospital ward

"“Patients At Risk Of Harm” Due To NHS Nurse Understaffing, Says NICE Report"

20th May 2014

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

"Concern has again been raised over nurse / patient ratios in NHS hospital wards. Increasing nurse workloads could mean potential risk to quality of care, according to a draft report recently released by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

In the report, NICE suggests that “patients are at risk of harm if a nurse has to care for more than eight people on a ward during the day.”

Once more we see confidence in NHS care being put to the test as nurses and hospital staff attempt to maintain standards despite increased patient numbers and over-stretched resources. However, patients can, and still do, commonly fall victim to tragic mistakes in hospital wards where government cuts mean nurses are often expected to take care of many more patients than ever before. At the start of  2014, NHS England admitted that twenty-five patients a month were being “harmed by NHS staff blunders.”