Woman Urges CPS To Be Tougher After Uninsured Driver Escapes Ban

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Serious injury lawyers from Irwin Mitchell urge motorists to drive more carefully after victim suffers “life changing injuries” in crash

A woman who was hospitalised for eight days when she was knocked down by an uninsured driver is urging the CPS to be tougher on those who commit driving offences. Her call comes after the driver that caused her injuries escaped without a driving ban.

Jane Pratt, aged 50, from Wakefield, was left with a string of injuries including fractures to her skull, pelvis and ankle when she was run over on a zebra crossing in Bradford Road on 7 December 2010.

Even though a judge at Batley and Dewsbury Magistrates court ruled that the driver, who was driving his uncle’s car and was uninsured, was at fault for the crash, the judge was unable to hand out a driving ban because the driver had only been charged with careless driving.

Serious injury experts from law firm Irwin Mitchell are working to secure a rehabilitation package for Mrs Pratt who is still suffering from her injuries six months after the accident.

She said: “I will have to live with my injuries forever when the man who caused my injuries was allowed to continue to drive and get on with his life as normal. It’s just unfair.”

Charlotte Foster, a solicitor in the Serious Injury team at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Mrs Pratt suffered life changing injuries as a result of an accident that was in no way her fault, and no matter what penalty the driver received her injuries could never have been reversed.

“Motorists need to remember they have a responsibility to drive carefully and safely, and must be aware that all too often dangerous driving results in disastrous consequences for the victims.

“Reckless driving demonstrates a complete disregard for the safety of others and puts the lives and wellbeing of innocent people at risk.”

Further details of the case can be found in the Irwin Mitchell Media Centre at http://www.irwinmitchell.com/news/Pages/Woman-Urges-CPS-To-Be-Tougher-After-Uninsured-Driver-Escapes-Ban.aspx

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Renault Clio – An All Time Favourite

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The Renault Clio has been an all-time favourite motor car and has seen many variations since it was introduced in 1990, and it is one of the top selling cars throughout Europe. Voted European Car of the Year in both 1991 and 2006, this car has considerably enhanced the reputation of its manufacturer.

In terms of car classifications, the Clio falls into the category of the Supermini, which means that it is larger than a standard city car, yet smaller than a typical family saloon.

The Clio 1 was manufactured between 1990 and 1998 and the available body styles were a three door and a five door hatchback. Initially there were two petrol engine versions, a 1.2 litre and a 1.4 litre, along with two diesel, a 1.7 litre and a 1.9 litre. The model was kept up to date with a number of body modifications and additional engine options.

The Clio II was produced between 1998 and 2006. The new body had replaced the somewhat angular lines of the Clio 1 with a much more rounded profile. There were also a number of innovations in the materials used, for instance the wings were constructed from plastic. The engine line-up was similar to before though a higher powered 16 valve 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre was added. The latter was used in the Clio RS which was a sporty version of the Clio with a maximum speed of 140 mph.

In 2001 significant changes were made to the bodywork giving the Clio a more modern appearance to keep up with modern styles.

The current Clio version is the Clio III which was introduced in 1006. This is a little longer that the Clio II and is targets a little more up-market. There are also many more engine options including a 3 litre V6 which will supply 252 bhp.

The Renault Clio is one of the most successful motorcars of all time and its appeal stretches right across the population; whether you are a hairdresser or a boy racer, or in fact anything in between, there is sure to be a model to suit your style.