According to the Department for Transport, 1,782 people were killed on Britain’s roads in 2018 – only 11 fewer than the year before – and there has been little real change in the annual number of deaths since 2010. While great progress has been made in London with the ‘Vision Zero’ initiative intended to put an end to road deaths in the capital – which has already seen road deaths reach its lowest total at 110 - there are no other targets elsewhere in the UK. We echo the calls from road safety charity, RoadPeace, for the Department for Transport to implement Vision Zero across the country.
Every death in a family has a devastating effect on the loved ones left behind, but this can be magnified and prolonged when someone disappears from your life as a result of a road traffic accident. The family will also end up embroiled in criminal and other investigatory processes, which may feel lengthy, complicated and only add to their grief.