New figures show a significant reduction in road deaths

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New figures show a significant reduction in road deaths

23rd March 2010

A serious injury specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP has welcomed a 40% decrease in the number of people being killed in road traffic collisions in the South West.

The newly released figures show that between 2005 and 2009, fatalities in Devon and Cornwall fell from 100 to 60, and that there were 3,500 (43%) fewer collisions during the same period.

Police believe the decrease is due to a number of factors including speed enforcement, better driving, new road layouts and improved car design. Operation Vortex, which aims to tackle dangerous driving, has also been in effect since 2007.

The reduction was welcomed by Deborah Johnson, a partner at Fentons, but she stressed there was still a great deal of work to be done to improve safety on our roads.

"These figures demonstrate how clamping down on speeding and other dangerous driving can save a significant number of lives," she said. "However, there is always more that can be done to make the roads safer and we must not become complacent.

"We are currently dealing with a number of fatal collision cases and it is impossible to overstate the effect incidents such as these have on families across the country. This reduction in collisions is a great start but there are still far too many lives lost on our roads."

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims relating to road traffic collisions. If you think that you have a case or require further information, contact Fentons on 0800 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

Source - BBC