The number of British road deaths has increased by 13% during the first three months of 2014 according to Government estimates. The figures show that there were 380 deaths on British roads during this period, a figure which has risen by 13% when compared to the first three months of 2013. In addition, the figures for those killed or seriously injured rose by 17% in the first quarter of 2014, with 5,500 injuries or fatalities reported. The number of people with slight injuries from accidents on the road increased by 15% to 40,460.
Concern has been expressed regarding the increase, particularly among motorcycling and cycling groups as these are among the more vulnerable road users. British Cycling’s campaign manager has stated that more work could be done to prevent cyclists and vulnerable road users from being involved in a road accident. He also states that more funding could help to provide safer roads for cyclists ensuring that the fatality numbers are significantly reduced.
Prevention of accidents
Simply following the Highway Code and respecting other road users can significantly reduce the number of British road deaths as well as the number of people injured in accidents on the road. Taking care to be look when you are driving and putting away your mobile phone can reduce the chances of an accident occurring on the road. Motorcyclists and cyclists are among the most vulnerable road users so taking precautions to ensure you are sympathetic when you are around them on the road can make a big impact. However, other drivers may not be so vigilant and you may be involved in an accident that is the fault of someone else. There is something you can do about this.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
As a law firm which helps victims of road traffic accidents to claim compensation, we understand that your injuries may put you under financial strain. This could be due to medical costs, the cost of travel to medical appointments or the cost of care while you are injured. You may also suffer a loss of wages due to time absent from work recovering. We can assist you in making a compensation claim should there be evidence that someone else was at fault for your accident. Call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 or contact us using our online form for no-obligation advice from our team.