Why We’re Marking World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims


On November 15, we mark the World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims. Having helped so many victims of road traffic accidents, we know how traumatic such events can be for victims and their families. It’s an issue close to our hearts, and we’re happy to share with you why it’s important to mark the day.

The stats

Globally, road traffic injuries are the leading killer of young people, between the ages of 5 and 29 years – a heartbreaking fact. Annual road deaths reached 1.35 million according to the Global status report on road safety, which was launched by WHO in 2018. Sadly, the biggest fatality in these figures is with pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists, who are categorized as vulnerable road users. These types of road users account for half of all road traffic deaths.

Here in Florida, we’re all too familiar with the risks for cyclists and drivers on the road, and we recently wrote about why Florida is the deadliest state for cyclists.

Marking the day: remember, support, act.

The day of remembrance has been marked throughout the world over the last 25 years. The day is observed as a way to raise awareness of the scale of the problem, address safety on the roads, reduce road casualties, and to give recognition to those who have been seriously injured or who have lost their lives in road accidents around the globe. The day pays homage to the brave emergency services such as police, ambulance, and medical personnel who play an essential role in saving lives, and the event also advocates for better support for victims and their families.

This high-profile global event promotes evidence-based actions to prevent and eventually stop further road traffic injuries and deaths. Finally, it shines a spotlight on the generally trivial legal response to culpable road deaths and injuries.

Stay safe out there

Whether you use the road by car, on foot, or by bicycle, stay safe out there. You’re somebody’s world, after all. Don’t forget to catch our recent articles on why a helmet could save your life and our top tips for exercising outdoors safely.

On the road to recovery

If you’re unfortunate enough to sustain a car accident injury or a bicycle injury, you’ll need someone competent, professional, and caring who is ready to stand up for you. You’ll need someone who will treat you and your case as an individual, not just a number.

Compensation is not just something that you deserve, but it’s something that you are very much going to need. Those medical bills can stack up, not to mention the loss of income that you may suffer if your injury is serious enough that you’re unable to do your job. Your pain and suffering need to be acknowledged. The truth (the whole truth, and nothing but the truth) is that your chance of securing adequate compensation is going to be significantly higher with an experienced lawyer working for you.

Jenkins Law P.L will guide you through the process while you concentrate on getting your life back on track after your accident. Get in touch to learn more, and we will take the wheel.