Yet again the time of year for treacle toffee, bonfire nights and firework displays is almost upon us. Many people are beginning to look forward to getting wrapped up on a cold November evening to participate in the age-old British tradition of attending a bonfire on the 5TH November. Most people have a great time at such nights and enjoy watching the bright lights of a firework display, all in remembrance of Guy Fawkes and the failed gunpowder plot of 1605.
Although bonfire nights are great fun, it is important to always keep in mind your safety. Unfortunately some people end up getting injured or badly burnt from not taking care or following instructions properly when using fireworks or attending a bonfire. It is important to consider only attending well organised events whereby the organisers will have taken out full insurance to protect guests in case any accidents do happen.
Only last week, Geoffrey Counsell from Somerset, was charged with seven counts of manslaughter after a fireworks event he had organised caused a horrific crash on the M5 in November 2011. Mr Counsell hadn’t accounted for black smoke blowing over onto the motorway and for that reason his charges are due to his failings in the planning and operation of the display. The accident was a sad tragedy resulting in 7 deaths, with 51 people injured in the collision involving 34 vehicles.
At Express Solicitors we wish you an enjoyable and safe bonfire night. We urge that only well organised firework displays are attended to help prevent any unfortunate accidents resulting in personal injuries.
If you would like and help or advice about a personal injury please feel free to contact Express Solicitors on our free phone number: 0800 158 5274.