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NSW Police urge motorists to be safe after fatal crashes

A series of fatal car crashes at the weekend has led NSW Police to issue a safety warning to drivers urging them to be more careful.

The force launched Operation Saturation on Thursday (August 27) in an effort to raise awareness about the state’s road toll in 2015. According to the organisation’s statistics, 231 people have already died in collisions this year.

The figure is 26 higher than this time last year. Unfortunately, since Operation Saturation was unveiled, at least seven people have been involved in fatal car accidents.

A head-on crash between a Subaru sedan and a Mitsubishi SUV in Sydney’s north-west led to three deaths on Sunday (August 30). The three

passengers of the Mitsubishi all died at the scene, while the driver of the other vehicle was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

On the same day, a motorcyclist was killed when a Mazda sedan struck him in Picton. Officers have called for witnesses of either accident to come forward to help with enquiries.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said officers are taking a no-nonsense approach after seeing reckless behaviour from a number of drivers since Operation Saturation began.

“Over the past couple of days, officers have seen countless motorists showing a total lack of respect for other road users, and we are showing zero-tolerance to this type of behaviour,” he commented.

“As part of Operation Saturation, we have officers targeting the ‘fatal five’ at the most at-risk locations across the state, as well as areas where you’ll least expect us – so if you’re breaking road rules, expect a Highway Patrol officer to pull you over.”

Assistant Commissioner Hartley added that it is “heartbreaking” to see people seriously injured or killed in roadside accidents when he has personally appealed for drivers to be careful on hundreds of occasions. He said if more safety warnings were adhered to, many of the 231 people who had died already this year might still be alive.

The partners and relatives of people involved in fatal car crashes can be entitled to compensation for the accident. While this is often a difficult time for loved ones, they may receive financial assistance for a range of costs, such as funeral expenses and hospital and medical bills.

Engaging the services of an expert compensation lawyer can help guide you through the process and ensure you have the best advice on how to proceed.

© 2015 
Gerard Malouf & Partners
 — Personal Injury Compensation Lawyers

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