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Monday, November 20, 2017

Driver puts passengers at risk by speeding

A young driver travelling along the notorious Standing Stane Road in Fife put himself and three teenage passengers in danger when he lost control of the car – all because he was speeding.

At the time, the driver had been trying to overtake another car on the road, in an attempt to impress the young women passengers in the car.

However, it had been raining that day and the road was slippery. The driver didn’t take this into account and attempted to overtake another vehicle at speed.

As a result of going too fast for road conditions, the car spun and flipped on its roof before hitting a tree.

Luckily, there was no other vehicles involved in the crash and the passengers were able to walk away and were not seriously injured.

Young driver more likely to speed

At Digby Brown, we see this story too often but not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to walk away with relatively minor injuries. We represented a young school pupil after she was left with a severe brain injury because she had been struck by a speeding driver in Edinburgh.

Sadly, statistics tells us that young drivers aged 17-24 are more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident in Scotland and they are more at risk of fatal and serious injuries when carrying young passengers than when driving alone.

Excessive or inappropriate speed is the key contributory factor in road traffic crashes involving young drivers.

Why are young drivers more at risk?

Research tells us that this is partly due to their age and inexperience. They are more likely to be over confident and take risks such as speeding as they don’t fully appreciate the dangers.

Coupled with the fact they are also less likely to spot hazards, it is a dangerous combination.

Brake Road Safety Week

Every November, Brake runs Road Safety Week, the UK's largest road safety event.

This year, Brake aim to highlight the dangers of speeding and are asking drivers across the country to commit to reducing their speed, not only to keep in line with speed limits but also road conditions.

Digby Brown have been supporters of Brake for a number of years. We support the Brake helpline in Scotland and Digby Brown Partner Fraser Simpson volunteers as Brake’s media Spokesperson in Scotland.

Road Safety Week 2017 takes place this week from Monday 20th November to Sunday 26th November.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Raising awareness to Scottish MSPs about dangers of asbestos

During the week commencing 6th November 2017, Asbestos Action were invited by Scottish MSP Jenna Marra to have an information table at the Scottish parliament.

The table was manned by John Fearn, manager at Asbestos Action, and the aim for the week was to raise awareness amongst MSPs about the charity Asbestos Action, the dangers of asbestos and to also highlight the current difficulties suffered by victims of asbestos related lung cancer when applying for State Benefits.

This is in advance of the devolution of parts of the benefits regime which may make it even more difficult for asbestos disease suffers to access the benefits they are entitled to.

Asbestos Action John Fearn, Iain Gray MSP

Euan Love and Mark Nicholson, both highly experienced solicitors in Asbestos Disease Compensation at Digby Brown, went along to help spread the good word to Scottish Government members.

John Fearn Asbestos Action, Iain Gray MSP & Mark Nicholson Digby Brown

John Fearn, Asbestos Action, Iain Gray MSP and Mark Nicholson, Digby Brown

Mark Nicholson, Solicitor at Digby Brown, said: “Asbestos exposure is often thought to be a relic of our industrial past and many will be shocked to know that asbestos is still present in many building across Scotland today.

“This week, the message about the dangers of asbestos was communicated to a number of MSPs from all party backgrounds.

“Exposure to asbestos is a public health threat to people of all ages and one which needs to be urgently addressed, to help reduce the consequences of asbestos disease for future generations.”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Digby Brown supporting Brake helpline for road crash victims

Digby Brown has committed to being a Corporate Sponsor of Brake, the road safety charity, throughout 2018 and provide critical funding to support the Brake Helpline in Scotland.

Every day in the UK, five people die on the roads and around 60 more are seriously injured. This is the reason Brake, the road safety charity, exists - to support the victims of road crashes.

As a firm, we have worked alongside Brake for a number of years and are committed to helping families throughout Scotland who have been affected by road traffic crashes.

The Brake helpline provides vital help and advice to anyone who has been bereaved or seriously injured in a crash, their families and carers, since 1997 whether it happened recently or some time ago or whether in the UK or abroad.

This support acts as a life-line for many families who are trying to cope with severe emotional distress and trauma. The helpline can be reached by calling 0808 8000 401 or by emailing helpline@brake.org.uk.

The reach of Brake’s support services is ever expanding as they support more and more people every year when they need it most. Last year the helpline supported more than 600 road crash cases – and this is expected to grow this coming year.

This comes ahead of Road Safety Week which is set to begin next week on Monday 20th November. This year’s theme is Speed Down, Save Lives as speeding in the UK is still a major problem and a contributory factor in road crashes.

Fraser Simpson, Digby Brown Partner, volunteers as a media spokesperson for Brake. He said:

“At Digby Brown, we have represented thousands of people affected by crashes on the road and share Brake’s determination to help victims of road crashes in any way we can and reduce the needless carnage on our roads. 

“We are looking forward to working alongside Brake during the upcoming year and supporting people in Scotland affected by crashes on the road.”

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