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What you need to know about fatal road traffic collisions

Every day, five people die on the roads in the UK and 3900 more are killed worldwide.

In Scotland alone, 162 people died and 10,788 more were reported injured in road traffic collisions last year.

Losing a loved one in a crash is devastating. Lives are shattered, and some never recover from the trauma. Family breakdown, job loss, depression and even suicide are some of the tragic consequences of losing a loved one in this way.

Despite this, crashes are still seen as unfortunate 'accidents', instead of preventable collisions.

Society tolerates road death and disability as an acceptable price to pay for increased motorisation and convenience - and crash victims do not have the same rights or support as other victims of crime or trauma.

Since 1992 RoadPeace has been campaigning to change this. Its campaigns highlight how risk on our roads is tolerated by the criminal justice system, and how victims of crashes are not treated as victims of crime.

RoadPeace's latest campaign calls for improved collision investigation, as it sees a thorough investigation as the cornerstone of justice. Without this, justice is denied, prevention programmes are based on incomplete information, and victims and their families suffer when they feel their loss does not justify a thorough investigation.

As the newest member of RoadPeace's Legal Panel and the only one based in Scotland, Watermans will champion the work RoadPeace does campaigning for improved collision investigation, slower speeds, safer lorries and changes to the language around road safety. The linkup will also provide access to a valuable support network for clients who need assistance following a crash.

"Through dealing with those involved in road traffic collisions on a daily basis, we fully understand how traumatising an experience it can be for both the victims and their loved ones," explains Scott Whyte, Managing Director of Watermans.

"I've always been of the view that victims of road traffic collisions should have more rights and protections, therefore supporting RoadPeace is a natural fit and we are right behind their campaign to raise awareness of these crucial issues relating to road safety."

Beccie D'Cunha, RoadPeace CEO adds "Scotland has led the way in reducing drink drive limits in Britain as well as demonstrating joined up working with police areas and there is much to learn for the rest of the UK. We are therefore delighted to welcome Watermans to the RoadPeace Legal Panel and look forward to working together to ensure access to justice for victims of road crashes."

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