Norfolk has seen an increased number of road accidents claims, resulting in car accident injury claims, since January this year, reports the Norwich Evening News. Apart from car accident driver claims, there have been a high number of pedestrians and cyclists, which has prompted council leaders to set aside in excess of £300,000 in a bid to make the county’s roads safer.
In a report which will be seen by the county council’s cabinet this month, figures show that there were a total of 37 casualties in April this year, and an an unusually high 33 in June this summer-this compares to a total of just 19 casualties last year.
Cycle fatalities are the only area where road casualties are rising.
Thousands of cyclists gathered on Monday night to take part in a protest ride to Parliament organised by the London Cycling Campaign. Rising deaths and car accident claim injuries would suggest that cycling is on the increase but in fact, outside major cities such as London, the number of cycle journeys remains stubbornly flat at 2% of all journeys nationally (National Travel Survey Statistical Release 2012, DfT).
Campaign groups argue that the rise in the number of deaths and injuries is disproportionately greater than those actually getting on their bikes. Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Maria Eagle set out an eight point plan for cycling, including a requirement for councils to ‘cycle-proof’ highway and traffic schemes to high and enforceable design standards, aimed at reducing the number of cyclist involved car accident claims.
Multi-car pile-up on A249 resulting in major car accident claims
–Eight people are reported as having filed car accident personal injuriesclaims, as a result of a major road accident on the A249 in Kent. It is understood thick fog has caused 130 car accident claims on the busy commuter route. Emergency services attended the road accident claims and the fire brigade has had to cut people out of their vehicles.
Reduction in the number of car accident claims in year to end September.
In the year ending September 2013 reported car accident claims, according to figures released by the Government National Statistics office, fell in comparison to the previous year. Here are some of the figures:
• 1,730 people were killed, down 2% from 1,761
• There were 184,010 reported road casualties