Emergency services were called to the scene of a traffic accident in Bloxham Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, after a teenage boy was struck. The collision with a car left the boy with injuries to his shoulder. While these were not life-threatening, he was still left badly shaken by the experience.
Earlier in the week, the same vicinity saw a Renault colliding with a traffic island, resulting in the driver requiring hospital treatment. Local residents and parents of the nearby Harriers Banbury Academy have long been crying out for more stringent safety measures on this blackspot.
One pedestrian commented that the crossing was actually used by pupils from four different schools, and that local groups had been campaigning for improvements for some 10 years. There had been a consensus to organise a ‘walking bus’, where various volunteers – from parents or teaching staff – would arrange a rota for escorting the pupils to and from school.
But she said that Oxfordshire County Council’s preferred option was to ask the school to designate a car park to use for parents to park and then walk. Other attempts to make an arrangement with a local pub had also fallen through.
How common are road collisions in Oxfordshire?
Unfortunately traffic accidents are a fact of life for many urban environments. The school run can be a particularly fraught time of day, with large numbers of youngsters making their way across busy roads, coinciding with the morning rush hour.
There are designated areas to negotiate the busy traffic, with pedestrian crossings or lollipop persons in attendance. But it is impossible to cover all routes in this way. Young people can be more excitable and less likely to pay close attention.
Anyone involved in a collision with a car, whether they escaped with bruises or required hospital treatment, may be entitled to compensation.
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If your child was the unwitting victim of a car collision during the previous three years, you might have the chance to claim compensation. Don’t worry about the formal processes involved – that’s why we’re here to consider your situation and react accordingly, with no-obligation advice.
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Source: Banbury Guardian
Date Published: March 25, 2015
Author: David Brown