Road Safety Week, 16th to 22nd November 2020
This year’s Road Safety Week , between 16th and 22nd November, focuses on “No Need To Speed”. This is a profoundly important message. As personal injury lawyers representing those with life changing injuries and the families of loved ones who have been killed on our roads, we know first hand how speed when driving is a significant factor in many of the cases we see. We know that just a speed difference on 1mph can make the difference between life and death.
In the 2000’s there was a memorable TV advertisement involving a young girl speaking over footage in reverse of her broke body. “If you hit me at 40mph, there’s an 80% chance I will die, but if you hit me at 30mph, there’s an 80% chance I will live”, she said.
Some 30 years ago I was involved in a memorable case which included accident reconstruction experts. Their expert evidence was that had the vehicle driver been travelling at 30mph, rather than the 35 mph he was travelling at, the child he hit might have survived. It was an incredibly powerful report to read.
Many of us will, on occasions, allow our speed to rise above safe and legal limits. We all owe a duty of care to other road users, be they vehicle drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists, horse riders or pedestrians. Nothing is worth the death or serious injury of another person for the sake of arriving at our destinations two minutes earlier than might otherwise have been the caseGeneral, George Ide, News, Personal Injury Blog