Fresh Road Safety Calls Following Two Deaths In A Week On A14

Serious Injury Lawyers Reveal Concerns After Latest Tragedies

03.08.2015

Specialist lawyers representing victims left seriously injured as a result of road traffic collisions have backed fresh calls for safety measures on the A14 to be review, following news of two fatal incidents on the route in the past week.

A 62-year-old man died in hospital a day after being seriously injured in a three-car collision on the road on Monday (July 27th), which came just a day after a 59-year-old lorry driver was killed in a separate crash.

Cambridge News reports that a further incident involving a lorry on Wednesday led to the road being closed for several hours, although no serious injuries were reported.

Improvements are planned for the A14 but county councillor David Jenkins told the newspaper that one option could be the introduction of flexible speed limits similar to those used on the M25.

The call was backed by road safety charity Brake, with spokesman Dave Nichols telling Cambridge News: “We would welcome any review into lowering speed limits on this stretch of road, as the slower you travel, the more time you have to react and stop in an emergency.”

Reacting to the news, serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have urged that efforts to improve safety on the route become an urgent top priority for local authorities.

Expert Opinion
“There are major ongoing concerns regarding the safety record on the A14 and these reports only serve to emphasise the need for action on the issue.

“Simply too many lives are being lost on the road and it is clear that swift action is needed to reduce the risks faced by drivers at present. We would urge the local authority and road safety organisations to work closely to ensure that the right measures are put in place to reduce the worrying rate of collisions.

“It is also vital that all road users play their part and ensure that the safety of themselves and others around them is always the top priority.”
Neil Whiteley, Partner