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Throughout August it is National Road Victim Month and it is important to shed light on individuals injured/killed by accidents on the road. This awareness month is supported by the charity RoadPeace and they are campaigning to raise awareness by using the hashtag #CrashNotAccident.
On average, 5 people are killed every day and 60 people are injured. Since the first death by motor vehicle, that took place in 1896, over half a million people have been killed on the roads in Britain. Due to this, more families bereaved by crashes will be dealt with by a coroners court than a criminal court.
Inquests are held for road deaths where no criminal prosecution occurs and two thirds of fatal crashes result in an Inquest. The purpose of an Inquest is to investigate the circumstances of the death and provide the families of the victims with a better understanding what took place. Inquests allow for questions to be asked of the driver, witnesses or police to address any points of confusion. The process establishes who the deceased person was and how, when and where they died in order to provide the details needed for their death to be registered. In addition to this, the Inquest process assists in reducing the risk of future road deaths by examining the level of safety on the roads. Road deaths only make up 2% of the total number of Inquests and are not seen as a priority for coroners.
RoadPeace are campaigning for the Inquest process to be less traumatic by implementing the following steps:
Further to the above, RoadPeace have the following suggestions to create a more effective Inquest process:
It will be interesting to witness the long overdue reforms with regards to the Inquest process and whether the suggestions provided by RoadPeace are implemented throughout the country. It is important to shed light on the number of #Crash victims throughout Britain and continue to raise awareness so that changes are made to improve the safety of our roads. Join our team in showing our support on social media using the hashtags #NationalRoadVictimMonth #CrashNotAccident and remember to tweet us at @RamsdensPI.
Our legal specialists can help you and your family get the answers you need at an inquest if you have suffered the loss of a loved one. At Ramsdens Solicitors our Inquest solicitors are here for you and we will work tirelessly to provide support and guide you from beginning to end of the process. To speak to a knowledgeable and experienced Inquest solicitor today, you can call us on 01484 821 500 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you at a time that is suitable for you.