August 2, 2023

Road Traffic Accident Assistance

National Road Victim Month 1st - 31st August


The month of August is National Road Victim Month and was the chosen month following the death of Bridget Driscoll, the first person to be killed by a motor vehicle in August 1896 and the death of Princess Diana following a Road Traffic Accident on 31 August 1997.

During the month of August there is seen to be an increase in the likelihood of Road Traffic Accidents due to more traffic being on the roads due to the holiday season and also because children are off school and so there is an increase in pedestrians.  

Sadly, government statistics show that there are still far too many Road Traffic Accidents yearly, with figures from 2022 showing that there were an estimated:-

·       1,695 fatalities in Great Britain in addition to;

·       29,795 people who were killed or seriously injured and;

·       136,002 casualties of all severities


Unfortunately, Road Traffic Accidents can happen to anyone, at any time and it is important to remember the people that have lost their lives due to Road Traffic Accidents, particularly during National Road Victim Month and to raise awareness about road safety.  

Sarah Tagg of Norrie Waite and Slater says “Road Traffic Accidents affect many of our clients each year from car drivers to passengers, bike riders, cyclists and pedestrians.  Many of our clients suffer from whiplash injuries or in some cases, psychological injuries.  In some more serious cases injuries such as broken bones or head injuries are sustained and some severe accidents result in death”.

The most common causes of Road Traffic Accidents are speeding, tiredness, weather conditions and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  It is important to raise awareness of all of these issues, to ensure seat belts and helmets are worn at all times and that road safety laws are followed to try to reduce the number of Road Traffic Accidents on our roads.

At Norrie Waite & Slater, we can assist you if you have had a Road Traffic Accident, not only to be compensated for your injuries but to help to obtain rehabilitation at an early stage for your injuries.  We can also help you recover any financial losses you may have suffered because of your accident, such as loss of earnings.  Many people who have Road Traffic Accidents suffer from financial hardship because they are unable to work following an accident.   We can arrange physical rehabilitation for our clients, such as physiotherapy and we may also be able to assist in arranging psychological treatment such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, if you are suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety or some other psychological condition following an accident.  

If you wish to discuss making a claim for a Road Traffic Accident and have had an accident in the last 3 years, then contact Sarah Tagg at our offices on 0114 276 6166.  In some cases, we may be able to represent you on a Conditional Fee “No Win No Fee” basis.