Huge Number Of Incidents Puts Road Safety In Spotlight
Figures that almost 80 road traffic accidents were reported to Grampian Police over last weekend are a worrying sign that drivers need to do everything they can to keep themselves and each other safe over the coming months, according to serious injury experts at Irwin Mitchell.
A total of 77 incidents were reported to the police force between Friday (November 30th) and Sunday including two fatal accidents, with officers stating that the figure was around double the usual average and claiming poor weather conditions may have played a part.
Grampian Police is now calling on drivers to take a different approach to driving to reduce the chances of accidents, including reducing speed and increasing stopping distances.
Irwin Mitchell Scotland represents victims left with serious injuries as a result of road accidents across the UK, helping them to gain justice and funds which allow them to access rehabilitation and support which goes a long way towards their recovery.
The firm acts for families who have lost loved ones in accidents on the road.
Elaine Russell, a Partner and serious injury specialist at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Time and time again we are contacted by people who have suffered life-changing injuries or lost a relative as a result of road accidents which could have been avoided.
“The winter months and the weather conditions they bring mean that drivers need to take extra care to ensure safety remains a top priority.
“We have seen on too many occasions the devastating consequences that collisions can have and we hope that drivers can work with the police to ensure they are doing everything they can to keep each other safe on the roads.”
June Ross, one of the founders of Don’t You Forget About Me, a support group for families who have lost loved ones in road crashes, added: “I am from Inverness originally and have driven the A96 and A9 regularly over three decades. Roads like these ones are frustrating to drive on and are very dangerous due to risks drivers take.
“Almost 80 incidents this past weekend is an unbelievable amount and two deaths are a sad reminder to those such as myself who have already endured and suffer their loss each and every day.”