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August is National Road Victim Month

Posted on August 2nd 2018

August is National Road Victim Month – a time to remember anyone who has been killed or seriously injured in a road traffic accident in the UK.

This month our thoughts are with the friends and families of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents. Sadly, too many people are still killed on the roads each year. In the year ending September 2017, there were 1,720 road deaths, and a total of 27,010 people were killed or seriously injured.

Road Peace:

National Road Victim Month was started by Road Peace, a charity for road crash victims which supports bereaved families and those who have been seriously injured in road traffic accidents.

Their work is vitally important because, “road deaths are not normal deaths. They are sudden, violent, and premature, and families rarely have a chance to say goodbye.” The charity encourages numerous acts of remembrance, which can be found here.

This year, to commemorate Road Victim Month, the charity is holding a Ceremony of Remembrance at Road Peace Wood. This will take place Saturday 11th August 2018 and further information can be found here.

Why is August significant?

August is a significant month for road victims. Bridget Driscoll, the first UK pedestrian killed in a collision with a motor car, died on August 17th 1896. At the age of 44, Driscoll was struck by a car in London as it was being used to give demonstration rides.

Princess Diana was tragically killed in a road traffic accident in Paris, France on August 31st 1997. This fatal road accident is perhaps one of the most well-known in British history.

Supporting Road Victims:

Our Solicitors support the victims of road accidents and their families by helping them to claim compensation and access a number of support services.

Claiming compensation can provide the financial support you may require following the tragic loss of a loved one. Primarily, it may help to cover the cost of funeral and household expenses, as well as substituting the financial support that the deceased loved one used to provide.

As well as helping you through the compensation process, we can also arrange for private bereavement counselling. Many people find such counselling helpful during this difficult and traumatic period.

We can also provide essential advice about which benefits or awards you may be entitled to. For example, certain relatives are entitled to receive a “Statutory Bereavement Award,” of £12,180. To be eligible you must be the deceased person’s spouse or a parent of their child who is under 18. Importantly, you can claim the bereavement award alongside any compensation.

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