Stubby Posted October 14, 2014 Share Posted October 14, 2014 I'm a little dismayed by what seems to be a relapse in road safety in my home State in the last few days. In my job I am required to read crash reports, assess responsibility (in a civil sense) and to assess damages payable to injured persons (or the estates of deceased people). The number of crashes that sound totally preventable that cause serious injury and/or death is getting to me. Since Friday, 6 people have been killed around the State, in 6 different crashes. This news article summarises what has happened (it only refers to 5 crashes but another motorcyclist died yesterday about the time the article was published). In addition to those deaths, there have been a number of very serious crashes involving serious/permanent injuries. This occurs against a background of stronger traffic laws, heavy and graphic advertising campaigns and prolonged driver training procedures. The six deaths in the last few days have been caused by: - a head-on due to overtaking when unsafe- a rollover where the person who died was the only one injured - where it seems she was not wearing her seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle- a hit and run on a cyclist by a driver that was (allegedly) intoxicated- another head-on due to unsafe overtaking- a motorcyclist knocked from his machine by a turning driver- a motorcyclist that apparently lost control of his machine at high speed on a suburban road (a single vehicle accident) It seems to me that all of them were preventable with a bit of patience, responsible motoring and/or simply paying attention to what is on the road. So what are the big road safety issues in your regions? Is it speeding? Lack of attention? Fatigue? Poor road design and/or traffic management? Something else? Are motorists in your area just too blase about the whole controlling a machine thing? Is road safety improving or regressing in your area and, if so, do you know why? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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