July 2011 Archive

Both vehicle drivers found partly to blame for accident.

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A coach driver was found 70% liable for personal injuries sustained by a motorcyclist following a road traffic accident at a junction. The coach driver was found to have an&nbsp;obstructed view of oncoming traffic, &nbsp;she should have waited for a more safe and secure opportunity to emerge.&nbsp; However the motor cyclist was found 30% responsible as the risk of a vehicle emerging was obvious and foreseeable to any careful motorist.<br /> More …

The cost of insurance fraud

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Hot on the heels of the debate regarding the payment of referrals fees for personal injury claims, the insurance industry has announced new plans to stamp out insurance fraud, said to be costing the insurers an estimated £2bn a year and adding a bill for an extra £44 to every UK policyholder. More …

Are you unknowingly suffering from type 2 Diabetes?

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Type 2 diabetes may be triggered by a variety of factors such as genetics, ethnicity and environmental factors, however the government has recognised a marked rise in the incidence of type 2 diabetes in response to increasingly sedentary lifestyles, obesity and poor diet; <em>'The increase in diabetes is extremely worrying. The Coalition Government has already signalled that public health is a priority. We must help people to tackle the causes of type 2 diabetes through dietary and lifestyle changes'. <br /><br /></em> More …

Road-Work Zones: Slow down, pay attention and relax

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It seems that everywhere you travel during the summer months it is difficult not to encounter some kind of road construction work.&nbsp; Road workers sometimes have to work day and night to get the job done.<br />&nbsp;<br /> More …

Cracknell launches cycle helmet awareness video

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As you may be aware, James Cracknell (Olympic rowing champion) sustained a brain injury in 2010 when he was hit by a passing lorry while cycling across the USA. His helmet saved his life. One year on from the accident that changed his life, James has created a film appeal to encourage cyclists to wear helmets. The powerful short film will hopefully convince many cyclists to protect themselves. The film is being promoted as a viral campaign, meaning it is being shared and communicated via online channels such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The idea is that people view it and then share it with everyone in their email or social networking address books. More …

Japanese Innovations gives more Safety for Pedestrians

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Toyota has been introducing and expanding the use of vehicle-body structures designed to decrease <a href="/page/personal_injury_road_traffic_accident">pedestrian injuries. </a>The new vehicle-body structures are based on the results of testing and verification using both conventional crash-test dummies and THUMS (The models facilitate in-depth computer analysis of injuries sustained during <a href="/page/personal_injury_road_traffic_accident">traffic accidents</a>. THUMS stands for total human model for safety) virtual-human models. <br /> More …

Worlds most "allergic" cities revealed

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A light hearted internet poll has revealed that Moscow, London, Lima, Istanbul and Montpellier (of all places) are the most likely cities in the World to trigger an allergy while being visited.&nbsp; But what does this mean for travellers susceptible to an allergic sniffle, the inevitable itchy eyes and the tight chested wheeziness a reaction can bring on?&nbsp; More …

Should a rider who has suffered a head Injury be eliminated?

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I was interested to read in Horse & Hound which discusses whether British Showjumping and Dressage competition rules should be brought in line with racing and Eventing rules which require a competitor to be suspended if they have suffered any head injury, in case they are suffering with concussion. More …

Is It Safer To Ride With a Grandparent?

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Some parents may hesitate to let their children ride in a car driven by grandparents because they believe the grandparent's driving skills may not be what they once were. More …

The Apprentice

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I watched the final of "The Apprentice" last night, glued to the screen. &nbsp;I may be in the minority, but I was pleased to see Tom win. More …