Residents of Pitempton Road and Harestane Road in Dundee have called for action to be taken by the local council after an out-of-control car almost struck a pedestrian whilst she was out walking her dog. The incident took place on Harestane Road, in an area which is often busy with school children and dog walkers. The out-of-control car lost control on a sharp bend and hit a wall.
Carole and Ian Ramsay, residents of Pitempton Road, contacted the local council with their concerns, but felt that they were not taken seriously. Fiona Mann, who lives in Harestane Road, commented, “There has to be something that can be done to monitor the speed, like CCTV cameras. People treat this road like a race track.”
Kevin Keenan, local Labour group leader, has since written to the council’s city development department asking for action to be taken following the accident. Road traffic accidents can cause serious injuries, not only for the driver of the vehicle, but for pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists. It’s clear that action to reduce speed will help to prevent such incidents from taking place in the future.
How common are road traffic accidents?
Between June 2012 and June 2013, 1,730 people were killed on Britain’s roads, with a total of 185,540 casualties. 15,920 of these were children. Unfortunately, no matter how safe a driver you think you are, you could still be involved in a road accident caused by another driver. Here are a few examples of the types of things which could cause an accident to occur:
- Failing to reduce speed in poor weather conditions such as rain or snow
- Faults with vehicle
- Driver distraction
- Using mobile phone whilst driving
- Failing to pay attention to road signs
- Overtaking on a bend or blind spot
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that you believe was someone else’s fault, you may be able to claim compensation. You’ll need the services of a personal injury lawyer, who will be able to tell you whether you’re eligible to claim.
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