IS YOUR MOTOR CLAIM REPUDIATION JUSTIFIED?

This is an article that originally appeared in The Road Ahead Magazine, in December 2017 – see it at http://www.roadaheadonline.co.za/ This piece is directed at a specific few who would understand its contents only too well. It was written out of frustration; the knowledge that right, wrong, honesty and dishonesty are not as clearly defined as we have always believed. It […]

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Res Ipsa Loquitur

  Res Ipsa Loquitur – that’s Latin for “The facts speak for themselves.” This phrase is used in court in reference to cases where the evidence is so self-explanatory that there is (practically) no need for further argument. This is a very important concept that is often used argument in prosecutions and one can understand cases would exist – cases […]

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Social Media – Can it reduce risk?

Social Media. When you say these words, images of teenagers glued to their smartphones, staff abusing company internet services and the infidelity of spouses often spring to mind… People love to hate everything called “social media.” You often hear people saying things like “I don’t do Facebook” or “I don’t see the point of Twitter.” Some refer to “MixiT” and […]

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Critical mass in evidence and the mistakes “Accident Investigators” make…

Critical mass. It’s not just about mass at all. In the context of the evidence needed to defend yourself or to win a legal battle, critical mass is the minimum amount of information needed to support your version, your claim or your innocence. After a road traffic collision, unless the evidence is so overwhelmingly stacked against you that you need […]

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Strict speed enforcement detrimental to road safety, study finds

The following article appeared on the Australian ABC News Site and outlines my predictions exactly.   I have indicated my disagreement with dogmatic and “old-school” law enforcement on many platforms, in the past. I maintain that any “bigger stick” approach and only “dire consequences” is about as ineffective as beating a dog or a child into submission – it works in that […]

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Taking Photographs at a Collision Scene…

So, I’ve been “on” about the issue of speeding for a while now. No. Not like you think. I don’t have a problem with SPEED, as such, nor with SPEEDING, as such. I have a problem with the speed, as a function of risk and prevailing danger.   Imagine a deserted road with no other vehicles, in daylight conditions. Now […]

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Legal Country Road overtaking is a safety problem

Legal Country Road overtaking is a safety problem So I have been going on about “dogmatic thinking” and the over-simplification of road safety for a while now. Truth be told, I am a bit “anti-institution” in my thinking. I dislike any boring, traditional thinking about road safety – especially if it is nothing more than a re-hash of age-old arguments, […]

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Speed Enforcement in Estates – is it legal?

In response to my estate starting to “enforce speeding,” I studied this issue and wrote the following article on 28 June 2016: A worrying new trend has started in many parts of South Africa and has proliferated about as silently as the approach of winter: Security Estates have started buying speed measuring devices (speed cameras) of varying kinds and have […]

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