Figures have been released by road chiefs in Gloucestershire that highlight the number of people caught up in road traffic collisions in that area in a four-year period. This period ran from 2009 to 2013, and during that time there were 7,366 collisions in the county.
Of these collisions, 131 of them resulted in a fatality occurring. The Forest of Dean saw 22 fatalities across that same time period. Of the 131 fatalities, 29 involved those aged between 16 and 24.
Many statistics point to the increased likelihood of young drivers being involved in accidents. Furthermore they are more likely to be serious accidents. One such example in Gloucestershire involved a 19-year-old girl who was killed when a young man was speeding through Longhope and lost control of his car.
While the vast majority of road traffic collisions were very minor (6,228 in total) this still leaves too many serious accidents occurring that can change lives for the worse. A fatality – and many serious injuries too – affects more than just the person involved. This is why councils are constantly working to improve conditions and road safety, not just in this part of the country but everywhere.
How can you avoid being caught up in a road accident?
The first and most important thing to do is to drive safely at all times. Stay within the speed limit and drive according to the road conditions. These can change at any time. You should also never take things for granted or take actions you know could be dangerous such as using your mobile at the wheel.
Most of this is common-sense and yet some people still do things that cause accidents that could so easily have been avoided. Make sure you do everything you can to stay safe whenever you drive or ride on the roads.
Have you been in a road accident in the last three years?
This is the time period during which you need to consider making a no win, no fee* claim for compensation if you have a chance of doing so. Accident Advice Helpline has a 24/7 enquiry line that is always open and is completely free to use.
If you get in touch today we’ll provide you with no-obligation advice so you are never required to take things further if you decide not to do so. Let us see if we can help you – call us today.