Between 350 and 450 children in Scotland die annually from road traffic accidents which has led to proposals for restrictions on licenses for new drivers. There have also been suggestions that reducing the speed limit to 20mph could help to prevent child road deaths on Scotland’s roads. Research from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is being backed by the Scottish Government and the research indicates that around 28 teenage lives could be saved every year with the moves.
The majority of deaths occur in children under the age of one and the second highest number of deaths occurs in those aged 15 to 18. In one case, 17-year old Matthew Busk lost his life at the wheel just five weeks after passing his driving test. His parents feel that his lack of experience led to him skidding on the road and hitting a tree. They feel that people could be licensed in stages or there could be restrictions on how many passengers an inexperienced driver can take.
The research shows that an average of 34 young drivers die on Scotland’s roads every year and is calling for changes to be made to prevent road deaths. These include lowering the speed limit and implementing graduated license schemes for new drivers.
Child road deaths
Teenagers who drive may start out extremely safe but some may begin to take more risks on the road. This could be due to peer pressure or it could be due to feeling like they are more experienced than they actually are. For younger children, parents have a responsibility to ensure that they are driving safely and have the correct size and type of child safety seat for their child’s age and height. There are many young drivers who remain vigilant but there are still many who take too many risks. If you have been involved in an accident that was the fault of a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries sustained.
Calling for representation
Accident Advice Helpline is available to call around the clock therefore you can call us no matter what time your accident occurred. If you need some advice over the phone then contact our helpline or if you prefer us to contact you, you can use our 30-second test to see how successful your claim is likely to be. Compensation may be won if you have been the victim of injuries in a road accident that was the fault of another driver and our team can take you step by step through the process.
Date Published: November 11, 2014
Author: David Brown