As a spate of serious injuries and deaths on the roads in Norfolk hit the headlines, the County Council pledge £300,000 to make improvements to roads in an effort to reduce the number of road traffic accidents, reports personal injury law firm, Accident Advice Helpline.
Norfolk has seen an increased number of casualties and fatalities from car accidents since January this year, reports the Norwich Evening News. Amongst the victims of these accidents, there have been a high number of pedestrians and cyclists, which has prompted council leaders to set aside in excess of £300,000 in a bid to make the county’s roads safer.
In a report which will be seen by the county council’s cabinet this month, the statistics show that there were a total of 37 casualties in April this year and an unprecedented 33 in June this summer. This compares to a total of just 19 casualties during the same month last year.
Council officers state that the increase in accidents involving ‘vulnerable’ road users such as pedestrians and cyclists shows some correlation with people moving to more sustainable forms of transport for their everyday journeys; ditching the car in favour of walking or cycling to their destination.
Council officers say the available money will be used to work with young drivers and motorcyclists to improve their skills and awareness, as well as doing work with older drivers to keep them safe. The council also plan to work with schools and colleges to reinforce the road safety message.
Leading personal injury law firm, Accident Advice Helpline, said about this news,
“We fully support any action by councils or other public bodies which improves the safety of our roads in Britain. In our years of working in this industry we have handled and given car crash claim advice to many thousands of Britons and welcome any move that endeavours to reduce the number of casualties on the road each day.
“Anyone who has been involved in an accident that was not their fault, even if it didn’t involve a vehicle, can contact our accident claims helpline 24 hours a day 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to get free advice and accident claim help.”
Accident Advice Helpline offer car crash claim advice and support as well as dealing with other types of non-fault accidents.
Source: Evening News 24