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Supporting National Road Victim Month 2023

National Road Victim Month is held annually in August to remember people that have been killed or injured on our roads. As well as honouring these people, it is also a great opportunity to raise awareness to make our roads safer.

The road traffic accident charity RoadPeace has observed National Road Victim Month since 1998 and August was chosen to commemorate the first death by a motor vehicle – Bridget Driscoll in 1896 and following the death of Princess Diana on 31 August 1997.

During August, RoadPeace and its members hold events to raise awareness on the injustice that crash victims’ face, as well as remembering loved ones killed on the road. You can also do your bit to raise awareness for safer driving by having your own event.

If you’d like to get involved and find out more about RoadPeace, you can do so by visiting their website.

Road Traffic Deaths

In reported road collisions in Britain in 2022, there were an estimated 1,695 road fatalities. Also 29,795 people were reportedly killed or seriously injured. Those who survive are often left with serious, life-changing injuries which is why National Road Victims Month is important to raise awareness, promote road safety and remember those who have sadly been killed or injured on the road.

Events taking place throughout August

A number of events will be held throughout this month including a service of remembrance on Saturday 12th August 2023 at the RoadPeace Wood at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The wood itself was planted as a place where the lives of victims could be remembered by living trees. Trees can be individually sponsored to remember those who have lost their lives or been injured due to a road crash. Furthermore, a special Ceremony of Remembrance is held annually at Liverpool Cathedral on 31 August 2023 the anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales to remember her and everyone who has been killed on the roads.

Road Safety Tips

While remembering those we have lost as victims of road collisions, we can all do our bit to ensure the future safety of our loved ones. Here are some tips to keep you safer on the roads during National Road Traffic Victims Month:

  • If you are planning a long drive this summer try to minimise any distractions
  • Pre-plan your journey to avoid getting lost and take short stops to break up your journey
  • Always wear seat belts and use appropriate safety seats for children and babies
  • Leave plenty of room between you and other road users
  • Pay attention to road signs and speed limits
  • Never drive when tired, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Being focused and aware of your surroundings could make all the difference. Using the roads sensibly, and considerately, could avoid a needless collision. Wherever you are planning to travel to this summer, stay aware and stay safe.

We represent individuals who have been involved in road traffic incidents and have seen the devastation and life-changing injuries that people have suffered through the negligence of other road users. If you have been the victim of a road traffic accident that was not your fault, it is important to seek advice from a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible, contact our leading personal injury solicitors now on 0808 271 9413 or request a call back. 

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