Farah v Abdullahi: a careful analysis of causation in road traffic accidents

An horrendous sequence of events left the claimant with a serious brain injury and the first defendant on a charge of attempted murder. He had twice deliberately driven at the claimant, first forcing him onto another car and second pushing him 30 metres along the road surface at around 20 miles per hour. In between these attacks, the claimant was thrown from the bonnet of the other car as it was driven off. The High Court decision of 8 April 2020 deals with attribution of his injuries across the incident as a whole and whether there were breaks in the chain of causation.

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Bueno Ruiz: latest CJEU case reconfirms wide approach to “use of vehicle” and motor insurance

In an Order published on 14 February, the Court of Justice of the EU showed it continues to interpret the scope of compulsory insurance in the Motor Insurance Directive, widely to give maximum effect to the protection of injured parties. This will come as little surprise given its approach since Vnuk in 2014.

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Latest negotiating update from EU Council on the Motor Insurance Directive

The most recent paper from the EU Council sets out its agreed negotiating position ahead of the legislative trilogue process (the other interlocutors being the Commission and the Parliament) aimed at amending the Motor Insurance Directive and scheduled for the first half of 2020. The question of the scope of the Directive is key.

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