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Paul Kitson: Another Cycling Accident Fatality - Tom Barrett

It is with great sadness that I note that Group Captain Tom Barrett, Station Commander at RAF Northolt in West London, was involved in a cycling accident and killed just outside the Air Force base. 

Mr Barrett’s tragic death was reported in the Evening Standard on the 14th March and there is an appeal for witnesses.I note that the incident is under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Road Death Investigation Unit at Alperton Traffic Garage.

The Evening Standard also provides an update on the campaign brought by the mother and sister of Eilidh Cairns who was killed when she was involved in collision with a tipper truck in Notting Hill Gate in 2009.  The campaign is to make it a legal requirement for all HGVs to be fitted with camera’s and sensors linked to an alarm to eliminate blind sports at the side of vehicles.

In the European Parliament a majority of MEPs have backed the written declaration. The declaration requires the European Commission to come up with proposals on this issue. I have recently been instructed by the Estate of Daniel Cox who was killed by a left hand turning lorry on the 2nd February 2011 when he was cycling along Dalston Lane. The precise circumstances of Daniel’s accident are still under investigation but I have little doubt that if the lorry had been equipped with cameras and sensors as advocated by the Cairns family Daniel’s death could have been avoided.

Paul Kitson is a Principal Lawyer in the London office of Slater and Gordon, and also head of the Personal Injury department. Paul specialises in cycling accident claims.If you or a member of your family has suffered an accident or injury call our expert personal injury solicitors on 0800 916 9046, fill in our short online claim form or email enquiries@slatergordon.co.uk and one of our specialist personal injury team will review your compensation claim for free.

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