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Road Traffic Accidents

Great Britain has one of the best road safety records in Europe. The figures for 2013/14 arenot yet out but in 2012 the figures for Road Traffic Accident are:

Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain, 2012*
Killed 1,754
Seriously Injured 23,039
Slightly Injured 170,930
All 195,723

These figures are only taken from those accidents reported to the Police and so there are many more unreported cases of injury on our roads.

The estimated road casualties in Great Britain is between 660,000 and 880,000 per year. This includes an estimated 80,000 people who are seriously injured.

Common causes of these unnecessary tragedies include:

Speeding
Around 400 people a year are killed in crashes in which someone exceeds the speed limit or drives too fast for the conditions.

Drink Driving
Around 280 people die a year in crashes in which someone was over the legal drink drive limit.

Seat Belt Wearing
Around 200 lives each year could be saved if everyone always wore their seat belt.

Careless Driving
More than 300 deaths a year involve someone being “careless, reckless or in a hurry”, and a further 120 involve “aggressive driving”.

At-work
Around one third of fatal and serious road crashes involve someone who was at work.

Inexperience
More than 400 people are killed in crashes involving young car drivers aged 17 to 24 years, every year, including over 150 young drivers, 90 passengers and more than 170 other road users.

Some people, mainly cyclists and motorcycle riders are now opting for “headcams” which record journeys and what happens immediately before, during and after an accident. These can be used in claims and in Court as evidence. “Carcams” are available and becoming increasingly popular with vehicle drivers, particularly those on the road each day such as HGV drivers and taxi drivers.

Car accidents, even minor ones, can result in an array of problems for those involved from proving who was at fault, getting your vehicle towed, getting your vehicle fixed, the injuries sustained, treatment and rehabilitation, loss of earnings and much more.

Getting legal advice early is key!

At Burd Ward Solicitors we have “what to do after an accident” advice for those involved in an accident. This will be a link to a secondary page giving advice on what to do if you are involved in an accident.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident then please contact us onalishaward@burdward.co.uk or 0800 019 0324 and ask for Alisha Butler-Ward

*information from: http://www.rospa.com/faqs/detail.aspx?faq=296

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