We are currently in the middle of Road Safety Week which runs from 21st until 27th of November. The yearly event has a unique theme each year encouraging participants to focus on a particularly aspect of road safety.
This year the theme is 2young2die. It’s a reaction to statistics that show that young drivers are involved in a large proportion of road casualties. In Britain under 25s make up an eighth of all drivers yet a quarter of fatal and serious accidents involve a driver under 25.
Despite our roads getting gradually safer road traffic accidents remain the biggest killer of young people. These casualties send shockwaves through families and communities changing people’s lives forever. It saddens me that so many of these accidents are preventable. Yes some are unavoidable due to the recklessness of fellow road users freak occurrences and so on. But so many could be prevented if young people refused to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol did not use their mobile phone while driving and ensured that they always wore their seatbelt.
Brake the charity behind the campaign wants to address these issues through education programmes of their own as well as lobbying government to introduce compulsory curriculum education on the dangers of driving. They also recommend graduated driving licensing meaning new drivers build up experience over time instead of being able to drive in challenging situations for example at night at high speeds on a motorway and so on immediately after passing their test.
You can read about the ways in which you can support Brake’s campaign here. If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious injury in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault please contact us today to discuss your claim free of charge with a specialist Road Traffic Accident Solicitor.