Mum’s safety plea after garden car crash

A woman is calling for a stronger crash barrier to be installed near her home following the most unlikely of car accidents in her garden.

But the local council has told Lisa Harvey Cowley that will not happen unless there are more accidents.

Mrs Harvey Cowley called for action after an out-of-control Volvo knocked over traffic lights in Canwick Road, Lincoln, ploughing through metal railings and a barrier into gardens on Kingsway.

‘Fortunate’

Nobody was injured and she and one-year-old daughter Bethany were not at home – but her husband, Andrew, had been in the garden just 30 minutes before the crash.

Mrs Harvey Cowley said she was appalled when Lincolnshire County Council told her they had limited resources for road safety measures which have to be targeted to areas with a track record of accidents.

Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) advises anyone involved in an accident to take a photo of any damage, which can make future compensation claims easier.

‘Positive action needed’

Mrs Harvey Cowley said: “Any incident which could have resulted in death or serious injury is a vital warning sign or termed a near miss by health and safety professionals and this warning requires positive action to prevent any re-occurrence that can lead to a more serious outcome.

“Just because all accidents don’t happen in one spot doesn’t make the location any safer, that’s just chance.

“For the council to suggest there is no need for a stronger barrier because there is no record of accidents is total nonsense.

“Before this incident, our family felt safe in our home, spending many happy hours in our garden. Now we do not.

“Unless there is a barrier of sufficient strength to protect us and prevent cars and HGVs doing something similar in future, I will always be at unease to use our garden again.”

Councillor Richard Davies, the council’s executive member for highways, said he sympathised with Mrs Harvey Cowley’s concerns and understood her frustration but added: “We must always base our decisions on evidence, particularly in relation to emotive subjects like road safety.”

Source: Daily Mail

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