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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
Plays on Computer:
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Contributor(s):
Course Aims:

This podcast describes the nature and standard of the duty owed by road-users. It explains the effect of statutory offences and the Highway Code on common law liability, before examining how the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur has been applied in road traffic claims. It discusses the causation issues that can arise from low-impact collisions and analyses how the court apportions contributory negligence. Finally, it considers the liability of Highway Authorities.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the nature and standard of the duty owed by road-users;
  • Know the effect of statutory offences and the Highway Code on common law liability;
  • Understand how the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur has been applied in road traffic claims;
  • Know the causation issues that can arise from low-impact collisions;
  • Understand how the court apportions contributory negligence;
  • Understand the nature of the liability of Highway Authorities.
Level:
Beginner Difficulty: 1 of 5
Sources and References:
  • Road Traffic Act 1988;
  • Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) Regulations 1993 (SI 1993/176);
  • Law Reform (Contributory Negligence) Act 1945;
  • Highways Act 1980;
  • Nettleship v Weston [1971] 2 QB 691;
  • Ahanonu v South East Kent Bus Company Limited [2008] EWCA Civ 274;
  • Ng Chun Pui & Others v Le Chuen Tat & Another [1988] RTR 298;
  • Widdowson v Newgate Meat Corporation & Others (1997) The Times, 4 December;
  • Kearsley v Klarfeld [2005] EWCA Civ 1510;
  • Casey v Cartwright [2006] EWCA Civ 1280 Eagle v Chambers [2003] EWCA Civ 1107;
  • Ehrari v Curry & Another [2006] EWCA Civ 120;
  • Froom v Butcher [1976] QB 268;
  • O’Connell v Jackson [1972] 1 QB 270;
  • Owens v Brimmel [1977] QB 859;
  • Smith v Finch [2009] EWHC 53 (QB).

This podcast gives an introductory overview of how the law applies to Road Traffic Accidents. It considers the basis and standard of liability, and the difficulties which can arise in determining breach and causation. It examines how the court approaches contributory negligence, and summarises the statutory duties owed by Highway Authorities.

Podcast added: 24/09/2009

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