Road Safety Week – 17th-23rd November

This week (17th-23rd November) marks Road Safety Week, one of the UK’s biggest road safety events.

First set up in 1997 by road safety charity ‘Brake’, Road Safety Week aims to raise awareness of tragedies on the road and the part we all play in making them safer. The annual event, which takes place every November, gives everyone an opportunity to promote safer road use in their community.

The focus for this years event is ‘look out for eachother,’ encouraging all types of road user to be selfless and aware when sharing the road.

Motorists in particular are being encouraged by Brake to protect cyclists and pedestrians by:

  • Slowing to 20mph in communities
  • Looking twice and taking it slow at junctions and road bends
  • Giving others plenty of room

The charity is also asking that everyone puts safety first and is considerate to one another, encouraging cyclists and pedestrians to ensure they can be seen and aren’t taking unnecessary risks.

With 50% of traumatic brain injuries and a number of other serious injuries commonly resulting from RTA’s, The Serious Injury Site take road safety seriously.

Statistics show that in 2012 alone, 23,039 people were seriously injured in a road traffic accident, with common injuries including:

  • Whiplash
  • Brain injuries
  • Injury to the spine
  • Neck injuries
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Serious burns
  • Amputations

Being involved in a road traffic accident can be a life changing and traumatic experience and could leave you with injuries from mild bruising or whiplash to serious, life-altering head and spinal injuries. This week is the ideal opportunity to use the resources and guidance from Brake and boost awareness of road safety in your workplace, school or local community.

To take part and receive your free email action pack, simply register online at www.roadsafetyweek.co.uk

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a road traffic accident then get in touch with Express Solicitors today for accurate claim advice

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