This week marks Road Safety Week 2019, the UK’s biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity. The specialist personal injury team at Bray & Bray explains the focus of the 2019 awareness week and provides advice on what to do if you are involved in a road traffic accident.
Road Safety Week 2019
Road Safety Week involves millions of people around the UK taking action for safer roads. Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road and each of these tragedies is preventable.*
As winter approaches, driving conditions can change quickly due to adverse weather and poor visibility, and so being aware of potential hazards and knowing how to stay safe on the roads is crucial.
This year, Road Safety Week runs from 18 to 24 of November and is encouraging us all to ‘Step up for Safe Streets’ to help prevent death or serious injury on our roads. The campaign is focusing on safe system solutions such as 20mph limits in urban areas, separate cycle paths and graduated driver licensing.
Brake is urging people to ‘step up’ by leaving cars at home to help improve safety and air quality, or by pledging to be a safe driver.
The Brake Pledge
The Brake Pledge involves six simple steps that all road users can take to make roads safer for everyone. It focuses on key areas of road safety:
- Slow – speed is a factor in many crashes. The faster we drive, the greater our risk of crashing, and the harder we hit if we crash
- Sober – driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can dangerously impair a driver’s judgement and perception
- Secure – keep yourself and other passengers secure to help prevent a crash and protect those inside the vehicle in the event of a crash
- Silent – reduce your risk of being distracted whilst driving by putting communication devices out of reach
- Sharp – stay sharp and focused when driving. Poor vision, fatigue and stress all increase your risk of being in a crash
- Sustainable – minimise the amount you drive and choose active and public transport wherever possible. If you need to drive, make your route as safe as possible, and drive efficiently
For further advice and guidance, visit: http://roadsafetyweek.org.uk/
What to do if you are involved in a road traffic accident
Though many drivers are aware of the importance of safe driving, road traffic accidents do occur, and you may want to make a personal injury claim if you are involved. Though this can be a distressing and confusing experience, it is important to take the following steps in order to ease the accident claims process:
- Seek medical attention from the hospital or your GP – it is important you have a full record of your injuries in your medical records
- Report the accident to your motor insurer and, if necessary, the Police immediately
- If you are able to, make sure you take the details of any witnesses to the accident
- Keep a diary of all of the symptoms of your injuries
- Keep a record (as well as any receipts) of any expenses you incur as a result of the accident – loss of earnings, medical expenses, travel expenses all form part of your compensation
What is the role of a personal injury solicitor in a road traffic accident claim?
A personal injury solicitor will guide you through the process and advise if you are entitled to claim compensation, and what the most beneficial funding arrangement for this claim is. They will also:
- Notify the other party’s insurer of the grounds for your personal injury claim
- Request interim payments to help you financially until the claim is finished
- Obtain medical evidence (and appropriate rehabilitation and treatment, if you need it) detailing the injuries you sustained in the accident
- Collate details and evidence of any financial losses you have suffered as a result of the accident
- Negotiate the best settlement possible to compensate you for the personal injury and loss you suffered
Contact our specialist personal injury team
Bray & Bray’s experienced road traffic accidents lawyers adopt a plain English approach to all of their cases, ensuring clients always feel confident and up to date with the progress of their claim. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident, or a member of your family has been left with serious injuries following a crash, it’s highly likely that we’ll be able to make a compensation claim for you.
Bray & Bray has three main offices in Leicestershire and one in Corby. Pop in and see us at your local office, or contact us to discuss an enquiry or a case you have:
Leicester call us on 0116 254 8871.
Hinckley call us on 01455 639 900.
Market Harborough call us on 01858 467 181.
Corby (by appointment only) call us on 01536 851050.
*Department for Transport (2019) Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: Main Results 2018