Lawyers Call For Action Following Worrying Road Safety Research

Brake Reveals Bad Habits Of People Driving For Work

11.01.2013

Serious injury lawyers have welcome calls from charity Brake for road users to do everything they can to make safety a top priority, after worrying research highlight concerns over the dangerous habits of some motorists.

The research by Brake and Direct Line found that more than half of those who drive for work use their phone at the wheel to talk, while one in three text. It also revealed that three-quarters drive at more than 35mph in built-up areas.

It was also revealed that drivers who make use of their vehicles for work are more likely to take such risks than those not travelling for business purposes.

Irwin Mitchell’s serious injury team represents people who have been seriously injured in road traffic crashes, as well as the families of those who have lost their lives in such incidents. The expert lawyers are now urging all drivers to take care when on the road.

Jane Horton, a Partner and serious injury lawyer at the national law firm’s Leeds office, said: “Through our work we have seen too many occasions when people have suffered life-changing injuries as a result of road traffic crashes, which have been caused by distracted road users.

“Taking care on the road and keeping free of distractions makes a huge difference to both motorists and pedestrians, so it is vital that road users always ensure their concentration remains on their journey.

“This research and its focus on at-work drivers also highlights that employers should do everything they can to ensure that their drivers who are travelling for business are given guidance and support to ensure they stay safe.

“Too many lives are lost and devastated by simple failings in road safety. All road users need to recognise their responsibilities to themselves and each other.”