Outrage as concrete block attacks continue to plague motorists

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Outrage as concrete block attacks continue to plague motorists

16th February 2012

A road safety expert has expressed her shock and outrage as yet another motorist was injured by a concrete block being thrown from a bridge.

Joanna Bailey, a partner at Fentons Solicitors LLP, who for many years has represented victims injured in serious road collisions, said: “It is staggering that only a matter of weeks since concrete blocks were thrown onto two cars in two separate incidents on a stretch of the A12 London to Colchester Road last year, a motorist has again been injured by another of these mindless acts.”

The 23-year-old injured motorist was driving along the A442 in Telford, Shropshire at around 10pm last night (Thursday), when the concrete block was dropped from the Stafford Road Bridge onto his car.

Smashing through his windscreen, the concrete block landed on the rear seat of his car. The man, who suffered bruising to his ribs and was left in shock, was fortunately able to maintain control of his car and pull on to the hard shoulder, from where he phoned the police.

“It is unbelievable that this level of supremely dangerous and totally idiotic behaviour is happening again, and that the safety of innocent road users is being jeopardised in this way,” said Joanna, who acts as a spokesperson for the road safety charity, Brake.

“The young man who was injured was incredibly lucky not to have sustained more serious injuries,” she said. “It was also extremely fortunate that there were no passengers in the back where the concrete block actually ended up. If this kind of disgusting behaviour - in which individuals are wilfully setting out to inflict serious harm and worse - is allowed to continue, then it is surely only a matter of time before lives are lost.”

“I would urge in the strongest possible terms anyone who can help identify these dangerous individuals to do the right thing and report them immediately,” said Joanna.

West Mercia police, who are currently examining CCTV footage to identify any possible suspects, are now appealing for witnesses to the incident and are keen to speak to anyone via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 who can provide any information on those responsible.

How can Fentons help?

Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of road traffic collisions.

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

Read more: Guardian