Personal injury solicitors at Coles Miller are officially pledging their support for Road Safety Week (November 21-27 2016) after a spate of fatal accidents this month on Dorset roads:
- a seven-year-old boy died after a Peugeot 107 collided with him while he was walking to school in Canford Heath
- a cyclist in his 20s died after a collision with a Volkswagen Polo in Barrack Road, Christchurch
- a 36-year-old Blandford motorcyclist died after his Suzuki was in collision with a tractor on the A357 at Stalbridge in north Dorset.
Road Safety Week is the biggest event of its kind in Britain. It is organised by the charity Brake.
Brake is urging drivers to make the pledge:
- Slow – don’t break speed limits. Slow to 20mph around schools, homes, shops. Slow down on bends, brows of hills and in bad weather. Avoid overtaking.
- Sober – don’t drink drive or drug drive.
- Secure – make sure everyone wears their seatbelt. Ensure kids under 150cm are in a proper child restraint.
- Silent – never phone or text while driving. Keep phones out of sight and on silent.
- Sharp – get an eye test every two years. Always wear glasses or lenses if needed. Never drive when tired, stressed or on medication. Take regular breaks.
- Sustainable – cut down on driving. Walk, cycle or use public transport if possible.
Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack – head of the firm’s Personal Injury Department – said: “All our staff have been deeply shocked and saddened by these latest terrible accidents.
“We are seeing an increasing number of fatal and serious injury accidents. These last few weeks have been particularly tragic.
“Many of us are parents – our hearts go out to all the families who have lost loved ones.”
Mr Cormack was himself the victim of a road accident. He was knocked off his bicycle by a motorist in Poole but escaped with minor injuries.
“Please be careful on the roads. We see so many cases where one split-second lapse in concentration by a driver has resulted in life-changing injuries for the victim,” he said.
He urged cyclists and pedestrians to care extra care on the roads after the clocks go back at 2am on Sunday October 30 2016.
“Cycling accidents in particular increase dramatically as the winter nights draw in and the weather gets worse,” said Mr Cormack.
“Always wear a helmet. It saved me from more serious injuries when I was knocked off my bike.
“And if you must cycle after dark, please always wear plenty of hi vis reflective clothing. Without it, cyclists are virtually invisible at night – even if they’re wearing light-coloured clothes.
“Lights are a legal requirement but don’t just tick the box. Make sure your bike lights are really bright with lots of flashing LEDs that can be seen from a distance,” he added.
For more information, please contact Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack, 01202 355695.
* News Update: Bournemouth has just been named as the fourth most dangerous place outside London for cyclists.
Latest Department for Transport figures show 139 cyclists (15 of them children) were injured in Bournemouth last year. Of those, 18 adults and three children were seriously injured.
In Poole, 61 cyclists (two of them children) were injured. Thirteen (all adults) of the 61 had serious injuries.