We are proud to have been supporting Brake’s Road Safety Week this week. This is the biggest road safety event of the year and involves communities, organisations and schools the length and breadth of the country. The aim is to encourage grass roots action on road safety and raise awareness about what we can each do to make our roads safer.
Every day five people die on UK roads, and 62 more are seriously injured – and each death and serious injury causes needless devastation, trauma and suffering, which Brake witnesses alongside companies like Thompsons Solicitors Scotland, in the work we do to support the victims of road crashes.
Road traffic accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury in Scotland. Much more needs to be done to raise awareness of this fact and, as a consequence, prevent such incidents from occurring in the first place.As such, it can only help that former professional footballer Chris Tucker has stepped forward to share his experience of suffering brain injury in a 2012 car accident which occurred on the A96 in Moray.
Figures newly released by Transport Scotland show that more than two hundred people were killed in car accidents in Scotland in 2014, a 16 percent increase on the number killed in 2013.Worryingly, the same figures show that there was also an increase in the numbers of serious personal injuries caused by car accidents in Scotland during the year, with the figure for this type of casualty rising by two per cent to 1,699.
For all the hard work that has been done in reducing the numbers of deaths and personal injuries caused by car accidents in Scotland, there are still an unacceptable number of injuries on the country's roads - from relatively minor injuries such as whiplash to longer term and even catastrophic injuries such as those to the spine and brain.
Winter is coming… and it is expected to be the most savage winter in more than 50 years. Meteorologists are warning that we could face months of heavy snowfall and icy arctic winds for several months starting as early as late October. The crisis is sparked by the plummeting temperatures of the Atlantic Ocean which are the root cause.
Once the subject of ridicule and derision by a public ignorant of the benefits of lower speed restrictions, 20mph limits are now a reality because of sustained lobbying on the part of various groups, including road safety charities, bereaved families and personal injury solicitors.Although the introduction of a 20mph speed zone on the A77 in South Ayrshire might seem like a minor occurrence, it is in fact an important landmark and perhaps, at last, recognition, that lower speed limits are the way forward for some trunk roads in Scotland, particularly as it might mean fewer pedestrian accidents, fewer child accidents, fewer cycling accidents and a reduced caseload for Scotland's personal injury solicitors.
As any anxious parent who explores the facts will know, there are, in fact, relatively few things to be really anxious about – not plane crashes, not terrorist attacks and not the dangers of diseases. However, what they will also know is that one of the things all parents should be anxious about is the possibility of road traffic accident; this is because the road is one of the few areas of British life where young children still suffer relatively high rates of accidental injury, and even death.