The Government is expected to introduce the new Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill this autumn to replace the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill which lapsed earlier this year. The new Bill has been designed to ‘smooth the road’ for driverless car technology and will include an extension of car insurance to cover the use of automated vehicles.
The National Personal Injury Court continues to grow its jurisprudence. Decisions have been appearing in much more regularity with the number reported in 2017 already exceeding those in 2016. Two recent cases involving the certification of expert witnesses, modification of expenses, and sanction for Counsel, are discussed below.
The case of PT Civil Engineering v Davies (2017) EWHC 1651 (QB) provides an interesting example of the application of the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur i.e. that the accident itself is evidence of negligence on the part of the defendant.
The recent case of the Department for Communities and Local Government v Shirley Francis Blackmore (Executrix of the Estate of Cyril Leonard Hollow, Deceased)  EWCA Civ 1136 provides a good example of how the Court has dealt with contributory negligence in disease claims.