Coles Miller Supports Brake Road Safety Week 201519th Nov 2015
Personal injury solicitors at Coles Miller are supporting Road Safety Week which starts on Monday November 23 2015.
Lawyers are urging drivers to slow down - and cyclists and pedestrians to wear more reflective clothing - as the nights draw in and weather conditions deteriorate.
Road accidents represent a significant proportion of the personal injury cases that Coles Miller handles across the UK. Cyclists and motorcyclists are frequently among the most severely injured.
Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack - himself a cycle accident victim - listed a series of safety tips for cyclists in his recent blog post about whether cycle helmets work.
“Most of our road accident claims involve drivers pulling out of junctions or driveways and hitting other road users,” said Mr Cormack, head of the firm’s Personal Injury Department.
“Accident numbers increase sharply at this time of year because of the longer nights, poor weather and reduced visibility.
“We strongly urge drivers to allow extra time to ensure it’s safe to pull out before doing so,” he added.
Road Safety Week is the biggest event of its kind in Britain, involving more than 10,000 schools, community groups and organisations every year. It is co-ordinated by the charity Brake.
Drive Less, Live More is the theme of this year’s event. Organisers are encouraging drivers to consider how they use the roads, to reduce their mileage and to cut their speed to 20mph in towns and villages.
Department for Transport data shows that around five people die and 60 more are injured every day on Britain’s roads.
Coles Miller helps personal injury clients from all over the country. The firm specialises in serious head and brain injuries. It is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Adrian Cormack is one of only 20 APIL Accredited Brain Injury Specialists in the UK and the only one in Dorset.
He is recommended in the Legal 500 guide to Britain’s top lawyers and is also chairman of the trustees at Headway Dorset, which provides services and support to brain injury victims, their families and carers.
For more information, please contact Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack, 01202 355695.