(PRWEB UK) 21 September 2012
Last month the Department for Transport (DfT) released figures on the number and types of accidents that occurred on the UK’s roads during the first quarter of this year. Leading accident claim online company, The Accident Advice Helpline has responded to these statistics by encouraging drivers to check their cars regularly to help avoid devastating accidents on the road.
The DfT statistics showed that overall there was a 3% decrease in the number of road casualties in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period last year. Whilst this is good news, there was also a rise in the number of people who were killed or seriously injured on the roads of 1%, which equates to around 25,000 people. So, whilst there seem to be less accidents occurring in general, it does appear that the accidents are more serious than the same time last year.
The report also showed that there was a growing trend of children and bikers becoming injured or killed on the roads, with a rise of 9% for cyclists, 9% for children and 6% for motorbike riders. However, taking the bigger picture into consideration, the general trend for road accidents as a whole is a testament to the hard work of car manufacturers, safety campaigners and law makers as during the last 18 years the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads has halved, despite the amount of road traffic having increased by 18% during the same period.
Leading accident and injury claims company, the Accident Advice Helpline, commented that they were encouraged to see that the general trend for road accidents was on the decrease, but stressed the importance of drivers taking responsibility to ensure the safety of their vehicles on the road each time they travel. They issued this checklist for drivers to follow before they set off on a journey:
For more advice or to make an accident claim online, contact the Accident Advice Helpline on their free 24 hour helpline on 0800 180 4123.