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Department of Transport figures show fall in deaths and injuries on the roads

July 2, 2014

The Department of Transport have released figures which suggest deaths and injuries on the road in 2013 were the lowest since records began. This downward trend is a positive step in the right direction and is perhaps indication that our roads are becoming safer. RoSPA has already shared their thoughts and hopes that more good work will be carried out to ensure the downward trends continues.

The Department for Transport road casualty figures for Great Britain in 2013 have been released on a provisional basis and overall road deaths fall by 2% in the year. This took figures to 1,713 deaths on the roads which still sounds like an alarmingly high number but is at least falling. The results were further broken down into groups and found that one key statistic related to cyclists. A 2% drop to 3,143 in the number of seriously injured cyclists was the first decrease for this sector since 2004 and is perhaps indications that campaigns into cyclist safety have had an impact. There was unfortunately an increase in the number of slightly injured cyclists, which went up by 3%.

The figures for children injured and killed in road traffic accidents fell too. The number of child causalities for 2013, 15,756, fell by 9% from 2012 and this is the lowest total since records were first put in place in 1979. The fall in the number of children killed on the roads was a much needed downturn after a slight increase in both 2011 and 2012.

There are also noticeable falls in the number of pedestrian deaths and deaths in cars but this was married by the small increase of 1% in the number of motorcyclist deaths. Every statistic shows a degree of promise and the falling figures are an indication of safer roads across Great Britain.

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Figures still High

Looking at the figures in depth they still work out as approximately 5 deaths and 500 injuries on the road every single day and when it’s put like this the figure sounds pretty large. Figures maybe falling but accidents on the road are still occurring and individuals are regularly finding themselves in life threatening and psychologically scarring situations.

Many road traffic accidents are found not to be the fault of the injured party and this is where personal injury compensation comes into play. Being injured in an accident can impact on many aspects of an individual’s life and therefore compensation from the negligent party should be sort. The negligent party could be another driver, a cyclist or a pedestrian. It could even be the Highways Agency or local authority who is responsible for the maintenance of the roads.

Claiming accident compensation is something every injured party, where not at fault, is entitled to. A professional personal injury solicitors will help to guide you through the process and ensure you get the compensation they deserve.