Last week, two fatal crashes took place in Suffolk – one in Oulton and one in Letheringham. These two accidents took the county’s total number of deaths in road traffic accidents to 26; that’s already more than the total for 2013, when 25 people died in fatal crashes.
Daniel Casteleiro from Lowestoft died in a collision on Parkhill, Oulton, and later that evening another man, not yet named, died when his car left the road, ending up in a field. Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, mentioned that steps to reduce road deaths in Suffolk were ‘top of the agenda’ at an upcoming meeting. He went on to say, “This is becoming a major problem in Suffolk and we have to confront it collectively and as a matter of urgency if we are to maintain our reputation as a safe county to travel in.”
Claiming compensation for road traffic accidents
No matter how careful a driver you are, accidents can still happen. Here are some of the most common reasons for road traffic accidents in the UK:
- Driver distraction – for example, being distracted by passengers or children in the car
- Texting or using your mobile phone whilst driving
- Ignoring road signs
- Applying makeup, eating or drinking whilst driving
- Vehicle faults
- Driving without a licence
If you have been injured and the driver of the other vehicle is to blame, it’s worth contacting a personal injury lawyer to see if you could be eligible to claim compensation. There’s normally a three year time limit in place to make a claim, and most personal injury lawyers are happy to offer advice without any obligation to proceed with a claim.
Call Accident Advice Helpline
You need a personal injury lawyer you can trust, and Accident Advice Helpline has 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry – we don’t work in any other area of the law. Our team has helped hundreds of people just like you claim compensation for injuries sustained in road traffic accidents. But there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim when you call us; we’ll offer you confidential advice and answer any questions you may have. If you do decide to proceed with a claim, we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, so there are no expensive upfront fees to worry about. Call our team today for advice or to get the ball rolling on your claim.