Many children are either killed or seriously injured in Tyne and Wear road traffic accidents that take place almost every single day. Perhaps it’s time we introduced more 20 mph speed limit zones, and not just here in Tyne and Wear, but all over the UK?
Exasperation at many seemingly inappropriate speed limit zones
As motorists, many of us are exasperated by some speed limits that are placed in what seem to be inappropriate places. There are, for example, many dual carriageway-type roads in urban areas that carry 30 or 40 mph speed limits when they could easily be relaxed to 50 mph. Many have speed cameras installed by the roadside, and it seems that these are just speed traps set out to catch the unwary and collect cash.
Areas where 20 mph speed limit zones would be appropriate
But there are certain areas, for example around primary schools, where most motorists would happily submit to a 20 mph speed limit rather than end up with a small child lying across their bonnet. It just doesn’t bear thinking about. The problem is that small children up to the age of 10 years old are not able to discern the speed at which cars are travelling very well.
Small children have problems determining a car’s relative speed
In tests carried out recently, it was discovered that whereas adults can make reasonably accurate determinations in terms of the “looming rate” of cars travelling at 50 mph, children below the age of 11 have trouble judging a car’s speed if it is travelling more than 25 mph. It’s one of the reasons that there is now quite a lot of support for introducing 20 mph speed limit areas around sensitive areas such as schools.
Dealing with children’s injuries sustained in Tyne and Wear road traffic accidents
For anyone whose child has been injured in Tyne and Wear road traffic accidents, the trauma is almost unimaginable, and if the blame for the incident that caused the injury is down to a car exceeding the local speed limit, or a driver becoming distracted and taking his or her eyes of the road at a vital time, any child’s parents would naturally seek reparation, and part of that reparation would be by way of financial compensation.
Financial reparation can help
Whereas financial compensation can in no way atone for any injury or the trauma it causes, it may help to make it easier to deal with some of the repercussions of the injury. A visit to our website at Accident Advice Helpline will give anyone access to our calculator which can verify any injury claim in theory, and in just 30 seconds predict how much compensation could be awarded for any particular injury.
Anyone deciding to use AAH’s services to launch a personal injury claim will benefit from:
- our no win, no fee* service recommended by Esther Rantzen,
- one of the best customer support services in the industry, and
- use of our free 24/7 helpline: 0800 689 0500 from landlines and 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.