Statistics from the Department for Transport (DFT) show that a total of £1,884,895 was spent on improving road safety in Sunderland in 2012. Whilst such efforts have resulted in a steady decrease in the number of road accident casualties since 2005, the latest figures show that there were still over 700 collisions in 2012 that caused casualties, of which 89 were serious and seven fatal.
What vehicles cause the most road traffic accidents in Sunderland?
Car drivers were the most common victims of accidents on the road, with pedestrian casualties the next highest.
Accidents with motorcycles and bicycles were significantly lower but, worryingly, show no discernible decrease over the years suggesting that, whilst car safety may have improved, there are still numerous dangers for other road users.
How can I avoid traffic accidents in Sunderland?
The somewhat bleak answer is that sometimes you cannot. Every time you step into your car, you are relying on the capabilities and sense of other road users as well as your own.
For your own part, you can make sure you know where you are going, plan plenty of time for your journeys and stay calm when behind the wheel, avoiding the temptation to take risks or attempt shortcuts as this will is more likely to result in an incident on the road.
If you choose to cycle, then protective equipment is an absolute necessity. Compared to a car, cyclists have next to no protection and so must do what they can to guard against serious road accident injuries. This includes always wearing a helmet whilst high-visibility clothing and lights are a must when cycling at night or in gloomy conditions. Things like chopping and changing between road and pavement, veering out of cycling lines and cutting through red lights all increase the chances of causing a cycling accident and should be avoided.
What if I do suffer injuries from an accident in Sunderland?
Ask yourself the following three questions:
- Was the accident in the last three years?
- Did my injuries require medical attention?
- Was it somebody else’s fault?
If the answer to all three is yes, then get on the phone to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Our legal team has a long and detailed history of winning accident compensation for victims and usually settle out of court. The freephone advice service is available 24/7 and they work on a no-win, no fee* basis.
Date Published: February 13, 2014
Author: David Brown