August is National Road Victim Month, which is led by Road Peace Charity to educate the public on the impact of road traffic accidents and remember those who have been killed or injured as a result.
August is dedicated to Road Victim Month as Bridget Driscoll, the first person to be killed by a motor vehicle, died on 17th August 1896. Over half a million people have been killed on the roads since. Princess Diana was also killed in a road traffic accident on 31st August 1997. August is statistically one of the most dangerous months on the roads. This is because of the increased volume of traffic due to warmer weather and therefore an increase in cyclists and motorcyclists.
The World Health Organisation’s research shows that road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for children and young adults. There were an estimated 1,560 road deaths in 2021, equivalent to about 4 a day.
Our Personal Injury Solicitors have many years of experience representing victims of car crashes, cycling accidents and motorcycle accidents. As a result of their years of expertise they will be publishing blogs throughout the month of August discussing different subjects linking to National Road Victim Month.
We have more articles on our website relating to Personal Injury, here are 3 that you may find helpful: