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Drink Driving and Cycling Fatalities on the Rise

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Statistics published by the Government, this year, reveal a worrying rise in the number of drink-driving deaths and cycle fatalities on our roads. These figures demand that action be taken by the Government to understand the cause of these increases and take action to reduce them as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, whatever action is taken by politicians, nothing will bring back the loss of life and the financial consequences of losing a loved one. No amount of money can make up such loss, but compensation can help to address the practical challenges faced by a family, following death on the road caused by someone else. Call now on 0333 323 1638 for an initial free consultation on whether you may be entitled to compensation for a road related accident.

Drink Driving Deaths

Figures published by the Department for Transport show a worrying increase in the number of people killed on our roads. Those statistics revealed that an estimated 280 people were killed in accidents, in 2019, that involved drink-driving. This figure of 280 deaths was an increase on the previous year, from 240 drink related road deaths. The deaths in 2019 are the highest since 2009.

No amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one, whether wife, husband, partner, mother, father, sister, brother. However, financial compensation for the loss a family member can help to address what can be devastating financial consequences following the untimely death through another persons’ selfish drink-driving behaviour.

Increase in Drink Driving Casualties

In addition to the increase in drink related deaths, the figures from the Department for Transport illustrated an increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured, where at least one person was over the alcohol limit. The figure for 2019 was 2110 casualties, the highest figure since 2011. This figure of 2110 casualties represents an increase of 11% in the previous year.

Cycling Fatalities

Separate figures from the Department for Transport revealed that in 2020, 140 cyclists died on our roads. Like the number of alcohol related road deaths, these 140 cycling fatalities marked a 40% increase on the previous year. The 140 cyclists killed on British roads was the highest in a decade.

Action to reduce Deaths

The statistics are worrying. Steps must be taken to understand why there have been an increase in the number of alcohol related deaths and the number of fatalities to cyclists. Part of the reason for the latter, may be the increase in the number of cyclists on our roads due to the pandemic. If that is the case, action must be taken to provide greater protection for cyclists, perhaps more dedicated cycle lanes.

More also has to be done to reduce the number of drink-driving related casualties, whether that be by education or reducing the legal limit for driving with alcohol. Those demanding a cut to the drink-driving limit are likely to step up their campaign.

If you have been seriously injured as a result of a drink-driving incident, cycle accident or any other road related accident, you, or your family may be entitled to compensation.

For those who have lost a loved one through death on the roads, no money can replace the life of a family member. However, compensation for drink-driving deaths and cycle deaths can help in a practical way, to pay the mortgage, to pay the bills, to pay for decorators, gardeners, builders and others, to maintain a home.  Call now for an initial free consultation  on 0333 323 1638, email or fill in our online form or to speak to a specialist lawyer.

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