As we draw close to the upcoming school holidays, a spate of serious accidents across NSW have prompted police to urge drivers to take care.
Since Thursday (June 19), six people have lost their lives on the roads – a fact that concerns Acting Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander and Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith.
“As well as these six fatalities, there have been a number of other crashes in recent days that have left people with serious injuries,” he said.
“With school holidays fast approaching, it’s a timely reminder for those who are going on holidays to be vigilant and take the appropriate time and rest necessary.”
One of the serious crashes highlighted by state police was an accident between a Ford Falcon and a Mitsubishi Pajero on the Pacific Highway at Port Macquarie. The 77-year-old driver of the Falcon died while the driver and passenger of the Mitsubishi sustained serious injuries.
Assistant Commissioner Smith said police are worried about the increasing number of elderly drivers killed and seriously injured in recent days.
“While elderly drivers make up a low percentage of those involved in fatal crashes, the statistics for this year have risen slightly. There have been 14 older drivers killed on NSW roads this year, compared to nine for the same period last year,” he said.
All drivers, regardless of their age and experience level, have been urged to be extra vigilant on the roads and drive to the conditions as winter descends.
Motorcyclists have also been involved in incidents over the last week. On Sunday (June 22), two motorcycles collided on the Old Pacific Highway at Mt White. One rider – a 23-year-old man – was seriously injured while the other driver, a 42-year-old, died at the scene.
So far in 2014, 167 people have lost their lives on NSW roads. This is 9 per cent more than the same time last year.
NSW car accident compensation
If you are involved in a car accident in NSW because of congestion and suffer a whiplash injury or worse, you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to most motorists including drivers and pedestrians.
It is important to contact a car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advice about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.
These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis so they can advise you on your chances for success free of charge – if they think you have a case, it’s completely up to you whether you engage their services.