On Sunday 15 November 2015 we commemorate The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, to remember the many people injured and killed on the roads, their families and friends, and the emergency service men and women who are often the first responders.
On Sunday 15 November 2015 we commemorate the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, to remember the many people injured and killed on the roads, their families and friends, and the emergency service men and women who are often the first responders.
2015 is an important year in the development of global road safety standards as it is the 10th Anniversary of the UN recognition of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, and also the halfway point in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, a United Nations initiative.
Working alongside victims and families of road traffic accidents, while leading a team of lawyers working in Motor Vehicle Accident Claims in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, has exposed me to the grief and trauma that unfortunately results from serious road accidents, for all parties involved.
Here in Australia we should feel lucky to be living in a country where comprehensive road traffic laws are in place and adequately enforced.
However, despite all intentions, serious road traffic accidents are still a regular occurrence on Australian roads. In 2014, 724 serious injuries occurred on South Australian roads and over 430 critical injuries and fatalities occurred in Western Australia.
It is critically important that Australians continue to work hard towards reducing the number of road traffic incidents per year and embrace a culture that promotes road safety.
So on Sunday, take a moment to remember all those who have been impacted by road traffic accidents and make a commitment to improving your own road safety standards in the future.
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims will be supported by events around the world, for further information regarding your local service please follow the links below.
- Western Australia (via Road Trauma Support WA)
- South Australia (via SAPOL)
- Around the World (via World Day of Remembrance)
For information about motor accident compensation claims in your state, contact your nearest TGB office (free initial discussion – if you have not made a claim, disregard this).