Why Injury Prevention Week Is More Important Than Ever19th Aug 2020
Pedestrian Deaths In Road Accidents
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable of road users, particularly if they are young children or are elderly. The accident statistics make very grim reading.
Last year 462 pedestrians died on British roads. They accounted for 26% of road deaths – making them the second highest risk category after motorists.
Pedestrian fatalities outnumbered all the motorcyclist and cyclist deaths put together last year. Of the main road user groups, those on foot were the only one to see an increase in fatalities (up 1%).
This is why Coles Miller is so keen to support Injury Prevention Week, organised by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). We see the appalling injuries that pedestrians suffer, even when they are hit at low speeds.
Vital Road Safety Tips
If you’re old enough to remember the Tufty Club road safety campaign (1953 onwards), then it may have been some time since you last brushed up on your Green Cross Code.
Take a few minutes to view the latest version of RoSPA’s Green Cross Code. These important road safety tips can mean the difference between arriving safely or not at all.
And don’t just focus on the main five points (as good they are). Read the excellent advice in the Pedestrian Training section too. It explains how parents and carers can help to instill these important road safety messages in children – so they remember them and cross safely every time.
Injury Prevention Week (17-21 August 2020)
What used to be a day-long campaign has been extended to a week for the first time this year. That’s because the number of pedestrian fatalities each year has remained worryingly high since 2009.
So many pedestrians are hit by cars reversing. Research for APIL by YouGov revealed that – incredibly – most pedestrians didn’t know that white lights on the rear of a car showed it was about to reverse. Only 44% of non-drivers surveyed knew to look out for reversing lights.
Cars don’t reverse quickly but that doesn’t stop serious accidents from happening. Remember that even slow speed collisions can kill or seriously injure – especially if the pedestrian is either young or elderly.
How We’re Helping An Injured Pedestrian: £25,000 Paid Out So Far
Coles Miller is acting on behalf of a Bournemouth mother-of-three who suffered horrific injuries after she was knocked down by a drunk driver.
The victim, now aged 37, had been crossing Boscombe Overcliff Drive late at night when she was hit by a Honda Civic.
The motorist drove off but was later caught by police and subsequently convicted of driving with excess alcohol, dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident.
Our client suffered severe injuries including a skull fracture, a bleed on the brain, fractured pelvis, fractured spinal vertebrae, a broken left shoulder, cuts and bruises. Her brain injury means she has also lost her senses of taste and smell.
We are suing the driver’s insurance company. So far, the insurer has paid out £25,000 in interim damages. Further payments are expected, pending future reports from medical experts.
Have You Been Injured In A Road Accident?
Pedestrians hit by vehicles at any speed almost always sustain injuries. Broken bones and soft tissue injuries are common.
Some injuries – particularly those to the head, brain and spine – can be life-changing. And even some less severe injuries can have long-term effects. A broken wrist or ankle may never feel quite the same again; you may always have a weakness there.
But you don’t have to suffer in silence. Get justice and a formal apology – claim compensation for your treatment, care, rehabilitation and damaged property.
You can also claim for loss of earnings if you’re forced to take time off work; this is particularly important if you are self-employed. Claim too for other associated costs such as trips to hospital and parking.
Make A No Win No Fee Claim
Our road accident solicitors handle all injury accident claims on a No Win No Fee basis – so there’s no financial risk to you. Find out more here.
Get expert legal advice from Coles Miller personal injury lawyer Peter Graves for more information about claiming compensation for road accidents.