The large number of road crashes reported on and around the A30 road in Dorset has sparked concern among residents and authorities. In total, 28 people were killed and 334 people were seriously injured on Dorset’s road in 2013 and 10% of all vehicles passing through the A30 at Long Cross driving at speeds of over 47mph. The speed limit in this area is 40mph. A neighbourhood speed watch has been organised by police in order to watch over this particular area and Dorset police are setting up a team to reinforce the ‘no excuse’ campaign in the area. The residents themselves have raised concerns after witnessing several accidents on this stretch of road and data shows that some vehicles are travelling in excess of 70mph in another area of the road.
The data indicated that there is a risk of a fatality occurring in this area in the future. Dorset Highways are intending to put double white lines down the road to prevent overtaking and the site is visited by safety camera teams. In addition, further visits to the area are planned as part of the ‘no excuse’ campaign in order to revise the design of the road which is thought to be a main cause for the accidents.
Consequences of driver negligence
The Dorset Road Safety campaign aims to create awareness of the accidents which have already occurred due to negligent drivers. Unfortunately, where there are good drivers, there may be bad drivers and crashes could cause serious injuries to those involved. As demonstrated by Dorset’s figures, fatalities can occur, particularly when someone is speeding or driving under the influence. The consequences of this can be devastating to the family of the victim. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. If someone else caused a road accident that resulted in a fatality, you may be able to make a claim on someone’s behalf.
Making road traffic accident claims
Representation increases your chances of collecting compensation for your suffering or loss and Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with this. Call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your case with our experts and we can arrange for a solicitor to represent you during your compensation claim. Whether you were a passenger, a driver, a pedestrian or other road user, we can help you claim your right to compensation. Our no win, no fee* policy means you do not pay anything upfront and our no-obligation advice means that the choice is yours whether to pursue your claim after speaking with our team.
Source: Blackmore Vale Magazine
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown