One Dead And Another Injured Following Rural Road Crashes In Scotland

Experts Call For Lessons To Be Learned To Improve Safety

08.06.2012


Serious injury specialists at Irwin Mitchell’s Glasgow office have revealed their rural road safety concerns after two separate collisions on Wednesday (June 6th) left one man dead and a woman injured.

An 82-year-old man was killed in the incident on a minor road between Hillend and Dunnichen village close to Forfar yesterday afternoon, which occurred when a Mercedes car collided with a Volvo heavy goods vehicle.

The road was closed while investigations were carried out and the lorry driver passed a roadside breath test.

Only a couple of hours earlier, a woman suffered minor injuries in an incident which saw a Subaru car and black Range Rover crash in Perthshire. Diversions were put in place following the incident.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist serious injury team act for a number of people left with life-changing injuries as a result of road traffic accidents, as well as the families of those killed in such incidents.

Elaine Russell, a Partner at the firm’s Glasgow office, said: “These two incidents, which occurred just hours apart, have raised significant concerns about rural road safety in Scotland.

“Sadly, our work has shown how such incidents are not particularly uncommon, particularly on roads in the Highlands, and we often work to ensure that people seriously hurt in such incidents can gain funds to access vital rehabilitation and care.

“We hope that full investigations can be carried out with a view to providing a clear picture of what happened in each case. It is absolutely vital that lessons can be learned from both crashes.”