RoSPA Campaigns to Prevent Accidents
It is great news that in recent decades there has been a reduction in the number of fatalities caused by accidents on the road or at work. Unfortunately though, fatal accidents in general have been on the increase over the last few years. As a result, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has recently launched a public health campaign with the aim of reducing the number of accidents that take place in the UK each year.
At the centre of this campaign is the indisputable fact that accident prevention is inexpensive and easy to implement. The majority of accidents are not totally unpredictable and could be prevented through use of appropriate safety measures. RoSPA wish to educate people about their own safety, allowing them to make more informed decisions about their actions. They will also aim to increase safety in the workplace and introduce more home safety equipment.
RoSPA is concerned that governments do not tend to take accident prevention seriously. It has recently lobbied the coalition to take more action on accident and injury prevention. It believes that this is a low-cost, high impact way to make a difference to people’s health and welfare. For every injury that is prevented through the cost-effective campaign, thousands of pounds can be saved in NHS treatment. It goes without saying that it can also prevent pain and suffering of the victim and grief of the victim’s families.
RoSPA is developing a website that will bring together research and data relating to accident prevention. It will provide information about accident prevention projects across the country. More details can be found here (AUTHORITY URL: http://www.rospa.com/about/currentcampaigns/publichealth/).
Perhaps unsurprisingly, accidents cause more deaths in this country in people aged under 39 than anything else. As people get older, they become more likely to succumb to illnesses such as cancer or heart disease. Deaths among younger people are incredibly upsetting as they are usually unexpected and always premature. Accidents are also the cause of death that is most common in children after infancy.
Aside from the terrible statistics relating to fatalities caused by accidents, there is unfortunately even more likelihood of suffering a serious injury that would be described as life-altering. For every 40 people that die in England and Wales, one of those is killed by an accident. Life- altering injuries are three times more common than as a result of accidents and almost a third of all people in England have their lives diminished as a result of accidents.
While it is understandably easy to focus on life-altering and fatal accidents, it is important to remember that most people in the UK will be affected by an accident of some description at some point in their lives, however minor. A large proportion of people will be injured through no fault of their own.
If you have been injured in an accident and were not at fault, you may be entitled to compensation. If you wish to make a claim, just go to firstpersonalinjury.co.uk for a first class service on a no win no fee basis.