Government figures have revealed that from April to June 2014, 6,280 people were seriously injured on Britain’s roads (that’s a 7% rise on the previous year), with 48,000 total casualties – a rise of 9%. The number of road deaths and serious injuries is no better when it comes to cyclists, with 970 people seriously injured or killed, a rise of 18% on the previous year’s figures.
Now, safety campaigners are concerned that cuts could be the cause of the rise in road deaths and serious injuries. Over the past few years, statistics have been steadily improving, and the executive director of Pacts (the parliamentary advisory committee on transport safety), commented, “It is worrying. We’ve had fairly consistent declines in road casualties – big drops from 2007 to 2010, and then a gentle decline – but now the fear is that after the cutbacks that have taken place in road safety and expertise, the chickens are coming home to roost.”
The government, to some extent, has a duty to keep road users safe, and must take measures to ensure that roads are in a good condition and addressing accident blackspots. Of course, drivers are also responsible for their own safety on the road, and if you have been involved in a collision with another driver, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
Making a claim for personal injury compensation
If you have been injured in a collision, either as a driver, cyclist or pedestrian, it is important to ascertain how the accident happened and who is responsible. Was the other driver speeding, distracted by their mobile phone or driving without due care and attention in an icy environment? If this is the case, they could be held liable for your injuries. Get in touch with a personal injury lawyer – they can help to assess who is responsible for the accident and get you the compensation you deserve.
Choose a personal injury lawyer you can trust
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Date Published: December 6, 2014
Author: David Brown