Fatal road traffic accidents in NI up by 45 per cent

By Gillian Crotty

Two teenagers died as a result of separate road traffic accidents in Northern Ireland on Wednesday, taking the total of fatalities on our roads to 64 so far this year.

There were 44 road traffic deaths at the same point in 2013, meaning an increase of 45 per cent, understandably causing many to raise concerns about the shocking decline of road safety in Northern Ireland. The increase over 2012 is 113 per cent. The Police Service of Northern Ireland has warned drivers that motoring offences such as speeding, driving while distracted by a mobile phone, or driving without a seat-belt will not be tolerated, and will immediately result in a fine and penalty points.

Of the 64 deaths as a result of road traffic accidents in Northern Ireland this year 35 were drivers or passengers in one of the cars, 12 were motorcyclists or pillion passengers, 15 were pedestrians and 2 were cyclists. Over three quarters of the fatalities were male - 50 male and 14 female.

Concerns about road safety in Northern Ireland are heightened as we enter into a time of the year that is generally considered to pose more risks on the roads as a result of poor weather conditions, and a higher rate of drink driving as we approach the Christmas holiday season.

If you require legal advice in respect of a compensation claim relating to a road traffic accident in Northern Ireland, contact one of the injury claims solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 9289.

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