Figures released by the Department for Transport highlight that in 2011 there were 203,950 casualties of road traffic accidents across the UK. Although this figure is 2 per cent lower than the 2010 figure there is still plenty of work and campaigning to be done to further reduce the number of accidents which take place on our roads each day.
The road safety charity Brake is once again campaigning throughout National Road Safety Week, which this year is running from 19-25th November 2012 with theme ‘Slower speeds = happy people’. Brake is raising awareness of the vital importance of making it safer for people to walk and cycle in their own community and are calling on drivers to slow down to 20mph around homes, schools and shops.
Brake is a charity which campaigns to prevent road traffic accidents from taking place and supports victims of such accidents. The charity founded road safety week to raise awareness of the number of accidents which take place on our roads and to highlight steps we can all take to prevent injuries and deaths.
Other figures released from the same report indicate that there were 1,901people who were fatally injured in a road traffic accident whilst 23,122 were victims of a serious injury as a result of a road traffic accident. There were also 9,900 reported accidents which occurred with one party being under the influence of alcohol.
Stuart Kightley, joint head of the personal injury department at Osbornes comments “every year the team at Osbornes represent a high number of individuals who have been injured in a road traffic accidents, including assisting people who have sustained serious head and brain injuries in a road traffic accident. It is clear to us that although from the figures, the roads do seem to becoming safe there are still many things we can all do”.
Osbornes is a supporter of The Times campaign to make cycling safer and the play streets campaign which campaigns to pedestrianise streets for a period of time enabling children to paly safely without the fear of being involved in a road accident.
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident you may be entitled to receive compensation for the injuries you sustained and the consequences the injury had on your life, for example if you experienced a loss of earnings after the injury.
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