Victims of a mega-crash involving 150 vehicles have called for more safety improvements one year after the massive pile-up occurred in the Sheppey area. The pile-up resulted in 40 people being hospitalised but there were miraculously no deaths as a result of the accident. However, victims have raised concerns that no reports were made regarding the incident, its causes and how improvements could be made to prevent such an incident from occurring again. Britain’s largest ever crash occurred on Sheppey Crossing and around 200 people were treated at the scene. However, victims have stated that a report was expected to be published regarding the event, particularly as there has since been a tragic accident where a mother and her eight-year-old son died on the same stretch of bridge. Community members have petitioned to see improvements and changes on the bridge and the shadow cabinet member for Highways at Kent County Council has asked for answers regarding the report.
How lessons can be learned
A mega-crash of this calibre is likely to cause a fatality on the road, particularly if a vulnerable road user is involved. On this occasion, injuries were sustained but a fatality could have been possible indicating the need to determine how a crash of this magnitude could occur. Local authorities and police services often work together to ask questions about the areas where crashes occur most frequently in order to make plans for road improvements. The best way to avoid being involved in a crash like this is to exercise road safety at all times but particularly in dangerous areas. There may be some people who do not exercise vigilance. In these cases, you may be entitled to compensation if you have been a victim of an accident that was the fault of someone else.
How to make a compensation claim
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which has been working to help victims of accidents that were the fault of another for almost 14 years. We offer no-obligation advice if you give us a call on our free 24-hour helpline and we can take you step by step through the claims process. Should you have suffered an injury, some compensation can help you to cope with any loss of wages or any medical costs associated with that injury. Call us today to take advantage of our ‘no win, no fee’* policy.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown