As it’s the beginning of August it seems fitting to look at the Road Peace Campaign set up to remember crash victims during August National Road Victim Month.
It observes that the world’s first motor vehicle victim, Mary Ward was killed in Ireland on 31 August 1869. The month of August also featured Britain’s first road death with Bridget Driscoll being killed in Crystal Palace on 17 August 1896. In more recent times August was also the month that Diana Princess of Wales was tragically killed in a car crash in 1997.
In 2017 a total of 1793 people were killed on the roads of Britain, that’s almost 5 people per day! The same year also reported 24,831 people being seriously injured on the roads in Britain. These are frightening statistics and with a growing number of traffic and the birth of electric and quieter cars it is predicted these statistics will only increase.
The statistics are certainly frightening ones and it is not surprising that there is an increased drive to reduce the speed on Britain’s roads. The number of people killed on built up 20mph roads increased by a staggering 79% in 2017 from the 2016 statistic. The overall number of road crashes on 20mph roads rose by 43% over the same period. Serious injuries caused on 30mph roads increased by 5% in 2017 from the previous year.
Farleys have been instructed by clients who have sustained injuries as a result of non fault road traffic accidents or crashes. These include minor injuries, severe and life changing injuries and acted on behalf of those who have sadly passed away as a result of road traffic accidents.
In claiming compensation, many of our clients can fund future medical treatment and home adaptations, as well as covering any potential loss of earning. We can often handle cases on a no win no fee basis. To speak with a solicitor who specialises in road traffic accident claims, please call 0845 287 0939 or contact us through our online contact form.