Why is Mrs Driscoll so important to the car accident injury lawyer?
The name will mean nothing to most people in the UK and yet Mrs Driscoll is the subject of a landmark inquest. In 1896, Mrs Driscoll was the first person to be fatally injured in a car accident in the UK.
This sad occasion gave rise to the first inquest aimed at discovering the unfortunate course of events that led to her death. The inquest did not have the specialist skills of a car accident injury lawyer as modern inquests and court cases might have. The inquest was very different in the sense that it was not seeking to award compensation although it undoubtedly would have been trying to establish if the driver of the car was in anyway responsible for the death of Mrs Driscoll.
Much has changed around motor vehicle accidents, however the law was still being established in the area of motor vehicle safety and road safety. The speed that cars were allowed to drive at was seen as an important factor in safety. The car that hit Mrs Driscoll was capable of driving at 8 miles per hour however at the time of the accident the vehicle was travelling at only 4 miles per hour. This is not very fast when you consider that a human being’s normal walking pace is 2 miles per hour.
SO why did Mrs Driscoll get run over? At the inquest it was reported that Mrs Driscoll seemed bewildered by the car that was approaching her even though the driver was ringing the warning bell that was fitted to the vehicle. Others reported that the vehicle was speeding along ‘as fast as a fire engine’ or ‘as quick as a horse could gallop’. It was reported that when people saw cars, there were so few cars on the road that people were simply mesmerised by them. At the time of this accident, there were no more than 20 cars on the roads in the whole of the UK.
The inquest found out the facts and tried to establish who or what was to blame and the work of a car accident injury lawyer is much the same in this modern era. These specialist lawyers are experts at ‘digging out’ the facts and establishing what has happened in any given car accident. Companies like Accident Advice Helpline are an independent law firm specialising in working with innocent victims who may be eligible for an accident compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline can help potential claimants to make successful compensation claims. Some of our professionals are car accident injury lawyers who have chosen to specialise in helping victims of car accidents.
Since the unfortunate demise of Mrs Driscoll in 1896, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents estimate that over half a million people have been killed on the roads in the UK. The role of the car accident injury lawyer will continue to play an important part of motoring culture for many years to come.
For more information about making a claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice.
Date Published: 14th January 2013
Author: David Brown