Scottish Support Group Launch Welcomed By Road Safety Expert

New Campaign To Support Families Of Those Killed On The Roads

13.06.2011

A serious injury specialist at Irwin Mitchell has welcomed the creation of a new support group for families whose loved ones have been hurt or killed in crashes on the roads in northern Scotland.

Don’t You Forget About Me has been established by 46-year-old June Ross, whose son Ian died in a road traffic collision in the Grampian region a year ago.

According to reports, the aim of the group is to provide support to people who have lost family or friends in incidents on the road, as well as to launch a phone service which will offer advice on dealing with loss.

The local angle of the group has been influenced by the high number of serious and fatal car crashes on roads in north-eastern parts of Scotland every year.

Elaine Russell, a serious injury expert at Irwin Mitchell who specialises in helping the families of those who have been badly hurt or killed in road traffic collisions, said such a group could prove to be a massive helping hand to many people.

She explained: “Car crashes can have a devastating effect on so many lives, leaving many people to deal with the loss of loved ones and others to care for and support those seriously injured in the incidents.

“A support network can play a vital role in ensuring people are not alone when facing such difficult times and it is particularly strong to see this group launched in an area where collisions and crashes are unfortunately not uncommon.

“I hope the creation of Don’t You Forget About Me will not only provide a huge number of people with advice and support, but also emphasise to authorities that efforts to improve road safety need to be driven forward.”