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Families of injured children take legal action

The families of 28 injured schoolchildren have launched legal action just over a month after two buses collided during their school runs.  The accident happened in County Durham on the 3rd of June when one bus, taking children to Tanfield School, crashed into another bus that had been taking children to St Bede’s School.  The two buses crashed head-on in Lanchester, with two drivers and 28 children taken to hospital as a result.

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Bus technology to prevent accidents

New detection software has been fitted to four London buses for a trial period of six weeks.  The technology will detect pedestrians and cyclists, with the hope that accidents will be greatly reduced on the roads.  The software alerts bus drivers when pedestrians and cyclists are close to the vehicle, making drivers more aware of their spatial surroundings.

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£10m payout to injured footballer

A footballer with a promising future has been awarded £10million in compensation following a road traffic accident.  17-year-old Jack Farrugia had been a front seat passenger of car when the driver lost control and collided with a stationary van.  He had been wearing a seatbelt when the accident happened in November 2008, but was left with serious brain injuries and was in a coma for a month.

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Family seek compensation for cyclist son

A Gloucestershire family is currently seeking compensation for their 15-year-old son after he suffered severe injuries when his bike went into a pothole during a charity ride.  Ollie Pike, from Malmesbury in Wiltshire, smashed his head and broke his collarbone in the accident on the 9th of March.  He said that he swerved to avoid one set of potholes, but as a result went crashing into another.  He was then thrown to the ground after being propelled over his handlebars.

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Injured biker takes part in fundraiser for air ambulance service

42-year-old John Crockford is taking part in a 500-mile fundraising race this weekend after having survived a crash on his superbike in 2011.  The former superbike rider suffered 30 fractures when he collided with another rider at 130mph at a race on the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent.  The father of one has returned to the track to raise money for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance service after having made a full recovery.

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Worst street in country for potholes identified

A street in Leeds has been labeled the worst stretch of road for potholes in the country after more than £500,000 in compensation has gone out to those that have sustained injuries on it.  Kings Lane was found to be the worst street after a YEP, Yorkshire Evening Post, investigation uncovered the fact that Leeds City Council bosses have had to payout a total of £526,449 to personal injury claimants over the last four financial years.

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Cyclists fight for their safety on the roads

The beginning of the week saw yet another cyclist killed on a London road where no space is dedicated for cycling.  Only a week today, the day before the accident, tens of thousands participated in the traffic-free RideLondon event to protest the lack of cycle paths in the UK.

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Pilot scheme for motoring offences needs change

Following a pilot scheme in nine areas, traffic courts are to be opened in England and Wales to allow effective prosecution for minor motoring offences. 

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Action needed to deliver step-change in cycle safety

An independent review has looked at how cycle safety is considered within the design and operation of construction vehicles within the construction industry.

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Young drivers at risk

Much has been written about the dangers created by young drivers on the roads, both to themselves and to other road users.

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30 years of seatbelt safety

The Government has marked three decades of compulsory seatbelt use, as the law requiring all drivers to wear their seatbelts came in to force celebrated its 30th anniversary on 31st January 2013.

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Van drivers are more reckless

A study by AXA Business Insurance has revealed that van drivers who drive both a van and another vehicle are more likely to commit traffic offences and have accidents in their van than their other vehicle.

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At work drivers taking deadly risks on roads

Recently published research has found that many people who drive for work are risking their own lives, and those of others, by texting, speeding and grooming behind the wheel.

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