DfT Report Highlights Improvement
The most recent report from the Department for Transport into road casualties in Great Britain indicates a decrease in the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads for the 12 months to the end of June 2010.
These findings have been welcomed by a serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell. Stephen Nye, a Partner at the firm specialising in road incident claims, responded to the Department for Transport findings.
The figures suggest an overall fall of 7% for incidents involving serious injuries, with the number of fatalities falling by 19% when compared to the same period last year.
Commenting on the provisional findings, Stephen Nye said: “Many cases I deal with involve terrible injuries which are sustained by people during road crashes, the impact of which can be devastating not only for the injured party, but for their families.
“Whenever a loved one is seriously injured or killed in a road crash the effects can be very long lasting and will impact upon many people connected with the victim.
“It is of course very encouraging to hear of the decrease in incidents causing death and serious injury, though the fact that 470 people were killed on our roads in the second quarter of 2010 suggests that more can be done and efforts to improve road safety must be maintained.
“It is hoped that in these difficult economic times funding will continue for road safety initiatives. Progress is clearly being made and the benefits in terms of social and personal costs are immeasurable.”