A number of NSW drivers were served with infringement notices over the weekend, with many caught doing more than 45 km/h in excess of the speed limit.
NSW police released a statement on Monday (June 17), expressing concern that road safety messages don’t seem to be getting through to drivers.
Inspector Phillip Brooks from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said that anyone who travels faster than the speed limit risks the lives of others, and the faster they go, the more serious the consequences could be.
Mr Brooks stressed that other drivers and vehicle occupants aren’t the only ones put in danger by those who choose to drive at unsafe speeds.
“Pedestrians are also particularly vulnerable when faced with speeding drivers: if a collision occurs it obviously increases their chance of dying as a result of their injuries,” said Mr Brooks.
“Thousands of people are injured on NSW roads each year, so to behave in such a reckless manner is totally inexcusable.”
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, entitlements may extend to payment of medical and rehabilitation expenses, compensation for both to-date and potential economic loss, compensation for non-economic loss, and legal costs.
While whiplash injury is very common for car occupants in collisions, pedestrian injuries can often be more severe, simply because they do not have even a basic level of protection.
According to Transport for NSW, there were 1,850 pedestrian crashes in 2011, with 49 people killed and 1,951 injured.
Forty-seven per cent of the pedestrians killed were 60 years of age or older, even though this age group makes up only 20 per cent of the population.
It is the older – and younger – generation that are the most vulnerable pedestrians.
While seniors may not have the mobility that they once did, young pedestrians haven’t yet developed the ability to make critical decisions about road safety.
Their behaviour is harder for drivers to predict and they are often more difficult to see, simply because they are smaller than most pedestrians.
It is possible to make car accident compensation claims on behalf of children who have been injured in a pedestrian accident.
If you or someone you know has suffered a pedestrian injury, it is a good idea to get some expert advice from compensation lawyers.