Britain’s idyllic countryside is a magnet for families enjoying days out but some underestimate its dangers – with fatal or life-changing consequences.
Rural accidents are on the increase, warn solicitors Coles Miller ahead of Injury Prevention Day (Wednesday August 17 2016).
Motorists are far more likely to be killed on rural roads than they are in town. Young drivers are especially vulnerable.
Injury Prevention Day has been organised by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) to encourage families to stay safe. This year they are highlighting hazards in the countryside.
APIL-accredited personal injury lawyers at Coles Miller deal with a wide range of rural accident compensation claims including:
- road accidents in the UK and abroad
- people kicked or trampled by horses and cows that have escaped from insecure enclosures
- ramblers bitten by dogs let off the lead by their owners
- walkers suffering broken bones and soft tissue damage after tripping and falling on badly maintained paths and stiles.
Rural accidents have hit the headlines in recent months. In April a woman out walking with her family was attacked by cattle in Northumberland. She died two days later.
But country roads are the biggest danger. Recent RoSPA data reveals that 59 per cent of road deaths in 2014 – 982 fatalities – occurred on rural highways (591 urban, 85 motorway).
Dorset and Hampshire accident blackspots include the A35 from Poole to Bere Regis, the B3082 Wimborne to Blandford road and the A338 Bickton Bends near Fordingbridge.
“We have seen an increase in road accident compensation claims over the last five years,” said Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack who leads the firm’s Personal Injury Department.
“More people are taking staycations. The roads are getting busier and drivers are becoming more stressed. People need to slow down and plan their routes better.”
Mr Cormack specialises in serious injury cases. He is an APIL Senior Litigator and Accredited Brain Injury Specialist. He is also recommended in the Legal 500 guide to Britain’s best lawyers.
For more information, contact Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack, 01202 355695.