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Parents and Charities Campaign for Safer Roads and Tougher Sentences

Parents and Charities Campaign for Safer Roads and Tougher Sentences

According to the road safety charity Brake, an average of 5 people are killed each day on Britain's roads and 60 seriously injured. This week saw the parents of a road crash victim put the wreckage of his car on display at Westminster as part of Brake's campaign for tougher sentences for drivers causing death and serious injury through dangerous or careless driving.

Joseph Brown-Lartey died as his vehicle was split in half by a car driven by Addil Haroon in Rochdale in 2014. Haroon, then 18, drove through a red light in a residential area at 80mph. He was later jailed for just six years.

The push for greater road safety is given a high profile once again during the month of August when another national charity, Road Peace, encourage the public to observe National Road Victim Month. The campaign, which began in 1998, remembers those who have lost their lives or been seriously injured in road traffic accidents and seeks to remind people just how devastating road accidents can be. Road Peace suggest that August is a particularly risky month for collisions as children are on holiday from school, and there are an increased number of people driving on unfamiliar roads whilst travelling on holiday.

Of course no amount of money can recompense or make up for the pain and suffering following a sudden and needless death or serious injury. However, such a death or serious injury, while having profound emotional and physical effects on those involved, can also have an enormous material impact. It is therefore important to gain compensation for losses which could otherwise lead to financial hardship.

If you need legal expertise and support to obtain compensation following a road traffic accident, please contact Close Thornton Partner Shaun Burke on 01325 466461 or email shaun.burke@close-thornton.co.uk

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