The beautiful weather we have been having of late means that more of us are getting out and about to enjoy the beautiful delights of our Lancashire countryside, and rightfully so. The nights are lighter and the days are longer. However, just because the sun is shining down on us does not mean that any less care can be taken on our county’s roads.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents noted that 200 lives per year could be saved through wearing a seatbelt. An action that takes only seconds to perform really could save lives.

The law requiring all drivers to wear a seatbelt came into force over 30 years ago, on 31st January 1983. In the years following, it soon became law for front and back seated passengers to wear a seatbelt too, if the vehicle in which they are travelling is fitted with one.

At the 30 year anniversary on 31st January 2013, Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond commented that:

“The combination of effective enforcement and hard hitting public awareness campaigns mean that, 30 years on, the vast majority of drivers and passengers buckle up when they get in their cars….but, unbelievably, there are still some people who do not use a seatbelt – my message to them is simple: a seatbelt could save your life and not wearing one is not worth the risk”.

What do I do if I have been involved in a Road Traffic Accident?

It is imperative that full insurance details are exchanged, and the Police are called. We would also recommend that photographs are taken as evidence of damage to any of the vehicles involved and to show the location of the accident. It is vital that you seek some independent legal assistance. Vitally, if you are injured you must go to hospital immediately.

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and want further advice about where you stand and what to do next, contact one of our experienced Personal Injury Solicitors today.