On average 5 people were killed on our roads every day in 2014, that is an increase of 62 (4%) from 2013. There were a total of 22,807 seriously injured casualties in reported road traffic which represents a 5.3% rise on last year but lower than in 2012.
Even though fatalities are up from last year there is a general downward trend in recent years which is linked to a decrease in drivers exceeding the speed limit, improved education and training and technological and engineering improvements in vehicles. Improved trauma care is also likely to have played a factor in bringing down the severe injury statistics over the last few years.
Good weather brings more traffic onto the roads, especially pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and as 2014 was classed as the warmest year on record at 1 degree Celsius above the long term average it may account for the increase in severe casualties amongst this user group.
For those who are unfortunate enough to have been involved in an accident which was not their fault, it is likely that they are entitled to compensation which will help alleviate the financial pressure which often follows an injury.
WBW Solicitors are here to help individuals consider their options.
• Generally for adults a claim must be brought within 3 years of the accident happening, children have 3 years from their 18th birthday.
• We can help you get early rehabilitation
• We offer “no win no fee” funding