In 2012, 12,345 people were fatally injured in car crashes across the EU. These figures have motivated campaigners for transport safety to call on the EU to move faster in reducing the number of individuals killed in road traffic accidents each year.
The European Transport Safety Council’s (ETSC) report looked at trends relating to the safety of car occupants, and research revealed 900 lives could be saved annually if it was mandatory for car manufacturers to install seat-belt reminder sensors on both front and rear passenger seats. The figures showed that the UK is one of Europe’s best performing countries when it comes to car occupant safety, and the ETSC estimated that 5,600 deaths could be prevented each year if drink driving was eliminated, whilst a reduction in the average speed of just 1km/hour could save a further 1,300 lives,
At the moment, the European Commission is making revisions to current vehicle safety rules and it’s thought the proposals will be ready in 2015. The Executive Director of ETS, Antonio Avenoso said that he believed simple seat-belt reminders, measures to prevent repeat drink driving and enhanced speed limit enforcement should mean the EU meets its target to halve all road deaths by 2020. The safest countries in terms of car occupant deaths remain the Netherlands, UK, Sweden and Switzerland.
Injured in a car accident?
Car accidents in the UK are unfortunately very common, and range from minor collisions where car occupants suffer cuts, bruises and whiplash to severe crashes which could end in a fatality. Whether you have suffered whiplash after a car crash or someone you were travelling with has been killed in a collision, you may be considering claiming compensation. Personal injury compensation takes into account loss of earnings and suffering, so if you have been forced to take time off work for treatment or because of severe pain, this will be considered part of your claim.
Claiming for car accident compensation
The period after a car accident can be incredibly stressful, whether you or someone you love has been injured. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we do everything we can to make the claims process as easy as possible – our lawyers work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ basis and you can call us 24/7 for confidential, no-obligation advice. With many years experience in the industry, we have dealt with hundreds of claims for car accident compensation, so pick up the phone and call us today to see how we can help you. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Source: Road Safe
Date Published: May 12, 2014
Author: David Brown