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Former police officers and some road traffic campaigners have warned that a new 20mph zone in Glasgow could lead to an increased number of fatal accidents involving pedestrians and children.

The 20mph zone was introduced in some areas of the city centre earlier this year and was praised by road traffic campaigners and safety officials, however, a group has criticised the new speed limit stating that fatalities may occur due to the lower speed limit. The criticism comes after some safety campaigners said that children would be dragged under the vehicle if the car was travelling at 20mph rather than being thrown onto the bonnet or the ground.

The criticism of the new 20mph policy was down to the fact that at lower speeds pedestrians and others struck by vehicles are pushed under the vehicle.

20mph Zones “Safer for all.”

Despite the criticism of the new 20mph zone, safety officers and Glasgow City Council insisted that the new speed limit was beneficial to all and could prevent many road traffic accidents. RoSPA head of road safety Kevin Clinton said: “The point of 20mph speed limits is they reduce the risk of children being hit by a car in the first place. If any impacts do occur, they have less severe consequences.

“Pedestrians following the Green Cross Code and reduced speed limits are important to protect road users.”

Glasgow City Council said speed surveys will be carried out to assess the impact of the changes and they denied the ineffectiveness of 20mph zones. In a statement they said: “No research, as far as we are aware, has ever concluded that a child is more likely to go under a vehicle if it’s being driven more slowly.”

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A motorcyclist has been seriously injured after colliding with a bin lorry in a crash in a road traffic accident in Glasgow.

The incident occurred at 4:15pm on a Saturday, which led to emergency services treating the motorcycle driver at the scene. He was then taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.

In a case which highlights the danger of being a vulnerable road traffic, the bin lorry driver and two passengers on board were not injured with only the motorcyclist suffering major injuries.

Police Scotland are still carrying out inquiries into the incident to find out who was at fault for the incident.

Vulnerable Road Users: Danger of Serious Injury

The incident highlights the dangers of being a vulnerable road user, with cyclists, motorcyclists and other road users more likely to suffer from serious injuries in a road traffic accident that other road users.

This is due to the fact unlike cars and other vehicles, vulnerable road users do not have the same protection as such drivers. As well as this, larger vehicle drivers often do not see smaller, more vulnerable road users, especially at junctions, which can often lead to severe injuries.

Making a Personal Injury Claim

If you are involved in an accident and are seriously injured, regardless of whether you are a vulnerable road user or not, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. To make a personal injury claim, you must not have been at fault for your own injuries, and your accident must have been caused by carelessness or negligence from another.

Making a personal injury claim can often be exceptionally complex, especially if no one admits liability for the accident. By enlisting the help of our team of solicitors, you can ensure that you are getting the best legal advice and representation to get the compensation you deserve. Contact our team of expert lawyers today using our online contact form.

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A recent report has revealed that Glasgow city council paid out more than £1.4 million in compensation in the past four years.

The information, which was obtained by a Freedom of Information request was only made available after a fee had been paid to the council to disclose the information.

The council receives, on average, 50 compensation claims a month regarding potholes, with two-thirds of all claims being personal injury claims as a result of potholes or accidents caused by issues with the road.

Two of the biggest cases resulted in £35,000 payouts for injuries suffered as a result of potholes.In total, over £960,000 were paid out as a result of personal injury claims.

The documents revealed that Glasgow Council received an astonishing 33,340 complaints about potholes in the last four years, an average of almost 23 a day.

They agreed to pay compensation in 2,504 cases (7.5%) giving an average between 2012 and 2015 of 52 a month.

Compensation Following Damage to Property

The highest claim for vehicle damage paid out was £2,447 and the lowest just £12.The council also paid out close to £15,000 in compensation following damage to vehicles.

A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: “The council has invested £75m over the last six years repairing the city’s roads network, and this has significantly reduced the number of claims received and the number of claims which are successful.

“The positive trend in the reduction of weekly potholes reported by the public over the last three years is reflected in the number of claims received and the number of pay outs over this period.”

As well as compensation following injuries, the council also paid out close to £15,000 in compensation following damage to vehicles.

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Police Scotland have revealed that there were more than 2000 serious breaches of road traffic safety despite efforts to reduce poor practices during Road Safety Week.

During Brake’s Road Safety Week 2000 offences were detected with more than half of all offences involving speeding. In total officers detected more than 940 speeding offences with speed cameras detecting a further 700 across the country.

Despite the numerous efforts in the last few years to reduce the number of mobile phone offences with in-car calls and hand-free sets, there were still a significant number of mobile phone offences. In total, more than 140 motorists were detected for mobile phone offences with 121 being charged for breaching the law over seatbelt legislation. Worryingly the figures came despite Police Scotland warning that there would be more police monitoring road users.

Superintendent Fraser Candlish, Head of Road Policing for Police Scotland, stated that the police were disappointed in the findings and warned that with dangerous conditions expected in December, more accidents could occur. He said: “I am disappointed that so many drivers chose to ignore these warnings and were prepared to risk themselves and other road users, with the result that hundreds of drivers now face a range of sanctions from receiving corrective advice, to the issue of fixed penalties or being reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

“Several of these drivers, particularly those detected for Dangerous Driving, are more than likely to be appearing in court facing penalties which could very well see them banned from the road, with the consequence of, in some cases, losing their livelihood and possibly their liberty.

Road Traffic Accidents: Making a Personal Injury Claim

Alarmingly, the figures from Police Scotland showed that the most common offence on the roads was speeding which can lead to some of the most serious incidents on the road.

If you are involved in a road traffic accident through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Road traffic accidents can cause serious damage due to the nature of the accidents, often at high speeds. Suffering a road traffic accident could result in a serious head injury, broken or loss of limbs, brain damage, severe lacerations or even death, If you are involved in a road traffic accident,  our team of solicitors will be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. However, our team will require some evidence to support your claim.

Evidence Required to make a Personal Injury Claim

To make a personal injury claim, it is imperative to have as much evidence as possible to build the strongest possible case. Our team of solicitors will require basic evidence about the incident such as where, when and how the accident occurred. We will also require further details about your injury such as the full extent of your injury, the rehabilitation time and any medical reports to back up your claim.

It is possible to claim for more than just your injuries as you can make a claim for any damage to property, medical costs and loss of income if you were unable to work as a result of your injuries.

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To find out if you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim or if you wish to speak to our team of expert solicitors regarding beginning your claim, contact us today using our online contact form.

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A Glasgow-based cycling charity has called for strict analysis of cyclist accident locations to properly protect cyclists in the city.

CTC Glasgow has urged the Council to make 20mph speed limits the standard speed limit in many areas of Greater Glasgow. The organisation has also called for the Council to pay particular attention to arterial roads and roundabouts that are shown to have significantly higher than average numbers of pedestrian and cycle casualties.

By having an in-depth analysis of where accidents occur, the charity believes that more accidents could be prevented. While the city centre of Glasgow is expected to introduce 20mph zones in the near future, it is hoped that the success of such a policy could lead to a reduction in the number of cycling accidents.

Cycling Accidents Glasgow: Making a Personal Injury Claim

Roundabouts on dual carriageways were the most common locations in Glasgow to have a cycling accident, with Auldhouse roundabout being the most likely spot for a collision for a cyclist.

If you have been injured when cycling and the injury occurred through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. It is likely that if you are in a collision and are a vulnerable road user you will have sustained an injury. While you can claim compensation for your injury, it is also possible to claim for any damage to property, rehabilitation costs and damages for loss of earnings.

To make a personal injury claim, it is vital that you have as much evidence as possible; however, our team of experts will inform you of exactly what is required when you begin your claim.

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If you wish to get your claim underway or speak to one of our expert solicitors regarding your claim, get in touch today by using our online contact form.

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