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Serious accidents on the increase

Once again the Government has turned its attention to the perceived compensation culture, with statistics showing an increase in personal injury claims from road traffic accidents, despite figures suggesting the number of road traffic accidents is decreasing.

What they fail to point out however, is that recent Department of Transport statistics reveal the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads in 2011 increased for the first time in 17 years. Death on our roads increased by 3% (the first increase since 2003) and serious injuries by 2% (the first rise since 1994).

These figures represent a worrying reversal in the long term trend.

More than 48 pedestrians were killed in 2011- an increase of 12%. Serious injuries to pedestrians increased by 5% and serious injuries involving cyclists by 16%.

As a personal injury lawyer I often see the devastating effects of road traffic accidents, particularly those involving the more vulnerable roads users and cyclists.

Clearly, such victims need to be protected when it comes to making a claim. It’s not always a simple case of obtaining compensation for those involved, but more importantly, ensuring appropriate rehabilitation is obtained and giving proper advice on issues such as wage losses, future earnings, retraining needs and the cost of any care that may be required.

For any serious injury victim it is vital to get the right support and advice. Here at Napthens we have a dedicated, specialist serious injury team of solicitors with experience in dea