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I am the supervising partner of the Motor Personal Injury team in Birmingham. I also sit on the national Motor Executive. The Motor department at Irwin Mitchell handles personal injury claims relating to road traffic accidents, and also manages volume claims from insurers and other motoring organisations.
Our experienced teams in the Motor department handle all types of road traffic accidents, involving cars, motorbikes, bicycles, coaches, buses and pedestrians. I have been involved in this area of law for over 20 years, and have been managing road traffic accident personal injury teams and departments for the majority of this time.
I enjoy the challenge of legal arguments.
I enjoy the imaginative approach of Irwin Mitchell, and its commitment to excellent client service.
Most of my time away from the office is spent with my family. I also enjoy most sports; I coach junior rugby and still play when not injured. I also enjoy cycling, skiing and windsurfing and keeping fit generally.
“We have been instructed by several passengers who were on board the double-decker bus at the time of the crash and were left injured as a result of the impact.
“The consequences of such incidents should not be downplayed, as through our work acting on behalf of clients we have seen how crashes of this nature have left victims suffering from not only their physical injuries months after the event, but also the psychological trauma.
“We would urge anyone with information about the collision to of course contact investigators within Derbyshire Police in the first instance, by calling 101.”
Whether it is a low impact or high impact collision, it is vital that circumstances of any train crash are investigated fully and thoroughly, to make sure that where possible, accidents like this are avoided in the future.
While it is a relief that, at this point, there have been no reported serious injuries, even minor injuries can have a long term physical and psychological impact.
We hope that the investigation into the crash will provide vital answers about what caused it, so any lessons necessary can be learned from the incident to improve rail safety in the future.
“Accidents on the roads have a devastating effect on so many lives, with such incidents leading families to lose loved ones and in other cases leaving people with severe injuries which can affect them for the rest of their lives.
“While it could be argued that much of the responsibility for safety rests with those using routes, it is also vitally importancet that steps are taken to ensure that the roads themselves are fit for purpose.
“Sadly there are numerous instances where a failure to maintain routes has led to serious accidents, whether it is surface damage causing tyre blowouts, motorists swerving to avoid potholes or cyclists being injured after hitting large potholes.
“The consequences of such incidents cannot be underestimated and it is vital that local authorities do what they can to ensure that routes are maintained to an adequate and ultimately safe standard.”
This is the latest in a worrying series of bus crashes in the North East in recent weeks, coming after the collision in which a Go North East vehicle collided with headstones in a Gateshead cemetery and the incident involving school children in a Stanley Travel bus in June.
"Our work providing support to victims of a number of crashes in the UK and abroad, including the Stanley Travel crash, means we have seen that passengers affected by such incidents can be left with severe physical and psychological injuries.
"The primary concern at present must be to ensure that those injured in this latest crash get the medical support they need at this time, with the ultimate aim of ensuring they can make a full recovery.
"Attention then must turn to determining the series of events which led to the incident, with a view to learning lessons from what happened and discovering what could be done to prevent the problems from being repeated.
"All of those on board the bus and their families will be keen for answers regarding what happened."