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If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident, in certain circumstances, you are required to stop and give your name and address to anyone who reasonably requires it. Not giving your name and address for any reason gives rise to the further requirement to report the accident to a police station. If you have been charged with either of these offences, our barristers will carefully analyse the circumstances of your case to see if they give rise to the requirement to stop or if you have a defence to failing to report. Through our examination of the circumstances of your case and how the law applies to them, a case that may on the face of it seem hopeless could give rise to a defence.

The penalty for failing to stop at the scene of an accident could be immediate disqualification. Why not contact a member of our team? We will be able to advise you if you have a defence to the charge and if not, endeavour to persuade the Magistrates to sentence you to a penalty that allows you to remain on the road.

Unfortunately, accidents often result in both damage and injury. If this is the case and the accident was not your fault then you may be entitled to compensation. We have colleagues with extensive experience in this area of law so if you would like advice on your potential claim then contact us today.

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Driverless cars – it’s the future!

Driverless cars were once the preserve of science-fiction films, but from January 2015 they will be a reality on the UK roads. But what about the law that currently governs road users? How will they apply to driverless cars being used on public roads?

Just because a car can be driven autonomously, this won’t mean that drivers are released from all of their obligations. The term ‘driverless vehicle’ covers all sorts of functions that already exist on many cars already – such as cruise control, automatic braking and self-parking functions.

However, the government recognises that driverless vehicles have implications for the laws and regulations governing public roads. That’s why they are currently reviewing the legal and insurance issues surrounding driverless cars. The results of this review and the regulatory changes required will be announced at the end of the year, so if you’re thinking of getting a driverless car for Christmas, make sure you also get the low down on what new laws will govern you.

There is no doubt that whilst the technological hurdles surrounding driverless cars have been overcome, the legal hurdles are yet to come! So watch this space for details.