Drivers urged to reduce their speed

21st November 2023

Drivers urged to reduce their speed

BRAKE – the road safety charity are calling for a concerted effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads.  Their Road Safety campaign week ran from 19th to 25th November and  focused  on reducing SPEED. Brake | The Road Safety Charity

The Department of Transport  has recently released a report showing an increase in Road Traffic casualties in 2022.

The report focuses on the severity of injury and also breaks down statistics in relation to age and sex of casualties and type of road user.

As a result of the pandemic and lockdowns the period over 2020 and 2021 saw a reduction in accidents reported.  However the statistics for 2022 show a return to pre-pandemic levels with 1711 people dying on British Roads in 2022 – a rise of 10% from 2021.

By far the majority of people involved in serious accidents are in a car but all types of vehicles have seen an increase .  Only cyclists and pedestrians have seen a small reduction in the number of fatalities.

A major contributory factor in the cause of accidents is speed.  Drivers often exceed the speed limit or see the limit as a target and not a maximum and do not adjust their driving according to the conditions. The statistics show that at least 28% of accidents where there were fatalities were contributed to or caused by excessive speed either in terms of the speed limit or conditions.

At Gotelee our lawyers see at first hand the devastation a road traffic accident causes and the suffering to the victim and their families.  We fully support the BRAKE Campaign.

If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault we can help you get compensation and access to treatment to aid your recovery on a “no win no fee” basis.

Contact us on 01473 298134 or email [email protected]

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