A recent poll of 2,500 people in North Yorkshire has highlighted that 80% of those who responded had concerns about road safety. Over 50% wanted local police given more powers to apprehend and punish dangerous drivers, with 72% of respondents seeking improvements in road safety using enforcement and education.
Police and crime commissioner Julia Mulligan commissioned the survey, which also revealed 60% of people had no idea how to report a vehicle for speeding. Police in North Yorkshire are struggling to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on the county’s roads – despite Yorkshire being one of the country’s safest places, there were 46 fatal collisions (51 fatalities) last year, a rise on 2012’s figure of 35 fatal collisions.
Each year, around 400 collisions involving serious injury are reported to North Yorkshire Police and the number of fatal accidents involving alcohol has also increased sharply. Now the police commissioner will increase investment in road safety, taking into account the views expressed by survey respondents. Already an eight-officer Major Collision Investigation Team has been set up, dedicating their time to looking into major crashes, leaving police officers free to patrol the county’s roads.
Claiming compensation for road traffic accidents
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident, you may have suffered a minor injury such as whiplash, or been seriously injured – for example, you could have experienced broken bones or concussion. Whether you were crossing the road as a pedestrian or involved in a collision with another vehicle whilst driving, it is important to ascertain who is to blame for the accident. Whilst some accidents are simply accidents, if the other driver in question was speeding, using their mobile phone whilst driving or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you could claim compensation for your injuries.
Is claiming compensation a good idea?
If you have been injured as a result of another person’s careless driving, you have every right to claim compensation for your injuries. Perhaps you have needed time off work to recover or have been unable to look after your children whilst your injuries healed? However you have been affected, Accident Advice Helpline can offer confidential, no-obligation advice. We believe you should receive compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings, so why not contact our experienced team of personal injury lawyers today to see how we can help you? It’s free to call on 0800 689 0500 and we are open 24/7.
Source: Yorkshire Post
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown