The number of road deaths in Britain has levelled out instead of declining meaning that the government needs to do more to improve road safety according to road safety charity Brake. Official figures for road deaths have remained relatively steady for the last three years which has sparked concern among the charity that there needs to be more measures taken quickly. The numbers are decreasing but they are not falling as fast as they were between 2007 and 2010. For this period, deaths dropped by 1,096 whereas they only dropped by 137 between 2010 and 2013.
Chief executive of Brake Julie Townshend has stated that it will be many more decades to produce a zero casualty rate on Britain’s roads if the rates do not start declining faster. The Department for Transport has stated that the reason for the steadying rates is unclear at present. However, it has stated that fatalities are at their lowest rate since records began indicating that road safety initiatives are helping to reduce the number of serious accidents and fatalities on the roads. The number of casualties has fallen by 6% when compared to figures from 2012 according to the Department for Transport.
Risks of road traffic accidents
Although there is only so much that people can do to prevent road traffic accidents, many measures have proven successful in reducing the number of road deaths in Britain. Taking steps to reduce speed limits in areas where accidents are prevalent is one method used to tackle road accidents and many areas have increased their police presence to apply enforcement action where necessary. Enforcement combined with education and road safety campaigns has proven successful in deterring people from driving recklessly but there are still some drivers who do not follow the rules. If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s reckless behaviour on the road, you could be entitled to compensation for any injuries you sustain.
Personal injury compensation
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which has been working with victims of personal injuries since the year 2000. Whether you were a passenger, a pedestrian, a driver or a cyclist, you could be entitled to compensation if you sustain an injury in a road traffic accident that was the fault of someone else. Call our team free on our 24-hour helpline to discuss your case. You are under no-obligation to pursue your case but we do offer a no win, no fee* policy meaning you have nothing to lose.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown