The number of child road deaths on Ireland’s roads has more than doubled this year according to new figures which have sparked concern among road chiefs. Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has stated that the figures are extremely worrying, particularly as 13 children have lost their lives in crashes this year, a figure which has increased from six last year. He has urged that parents and teachers prioritise road safety to teach the most vulnerable road users how to stay safe on the country’s roads. The minister also states that parents should be considering purchasing high visibility clothing and helmets as well as bike lights for children who are planning on cycling to school. The Road Safety Authority is corroborating this by handing out 85,500 high visibility vests to children starting school this year.
These are part of the road safety packs sent to schools throughout the country. Six of the children who died on the roads this year were pedestrians, one was a quad bike user and six were car passengers. Despite the figures, there has been an 89% decrease in the number of child deaths on Ireland’s roads between 1997 and 2012.
Teaching drivers and children
Research has shown from other initiatives that children will become more responsible on the roads if their parents have exercised road safety meaning that parents have a large amount of influence over children’s road safety attitudes. The number of child road deaths shown in Ireland indicates the need for more road safety education and enforcement which can often be combined to develop better road safety attitudes. Although many drivers exercise vigilance around schools and on the roads in general, there are still some drivers who could benefit with more education. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that was the fault of another road user, you may be able to make a compensation claim for your injuries.
Personal injury compensation
A compensation claims company like Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a compensation claim for an accident that was someone else’s fault. Should you have sustained injuries in a collision and another road user is proven to be negligent, you may be able to win a cash payout to help you cope financially with the repercussions. You may have sustained a loss of wages or unforeseen costs associated with your accident which compensation can help with. Call us free on our 24-hour helpline for some no-obligation advice.