When you’re driving around the country, do you feel safe? According to recent government data, the UK has some of the safest roads in Europe, which is great news for motorists who are travelling for both business and leisure. However, just because we have seemingly safe roads, does this mean we need to be any less careful when operating our vehicles?
What do the statistics tell us?
The Department for Transport found that there were 1,752 reported road deaths in 2019 - this is a 2% decrease since 2018. According to the data and accounting for a change in traffic on the roads, the rate of fatalities per billion vehicle miles has fallen from 5.06 in 2018 to 4.87 in 2019 – a 4% reduction.
But how does the UK fair against its European neighbours? Do we have safer roads, or are there things we need to improve on. Overall, the total number of road deaths in the 28 other European Union countries was 24,506, a 3% decrease from 2018.
Of the 32 countries whose data was collated and compared, 20 saw a drop in the number of fatalities in the same period, 11 saw an increase and one remained the same. The government findings show us that Norway, Sweden and Switzerland have the lowest number of road casualties per million inhabitants, respectively. Could this be due to the number of cars on the road, or do these countries boast much safer drivers? It’s interesting to note that in 4th place was the UK.
What if you need to make a claim?
Although we have some of the safest roads out there, accidents and fatalities do still happen. Road traffic accidents can cause more than just physical injuries too. No matter how serious your injuries may be, there are businesses out there that will fight your corner and help you make a claim and get the compensation you deserve.
Remember, this compensation can help you with so many different things such as financial support if you cannot work, emotional support through therapy, and even physical care if the injuries you’ve sustained are serious or you need ongoing treatment.
With the right legal team behind you, you’ll have the peace of mind that someone is working to get the result you want. Your solicitor will work with skill and compassion and will make sure that justice is served if necessary.
Don’t delay in seeking help
Whatever you do, get the right advice as early as possible. It might not seem like the right time, but it’ll mean you can get help and support as quickly as possible, as well as any financial aid to get you the right treatment.
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