The beauty and serenity of St Georges Hall concert room was a fitting venue for The World Remembrance Service hosted by Road Peace on Sunday.
The emotional support and benefit of being with others who understand is invaluable, but it’s the “club” that no one wants to belong to.
My brother was killed in 2006 and, like most others, his death could so easily have been avoided. We heard the worrying statistic that road death is the biggest cause of death in young people under the age of 29. Speed, mobile phones, reckless and inconsiderate driving are just some of the causes.
It is estimated that 4,000 people a day are killed on roads worldwide, with many hundreds of thousands injured. Since last year, around one and a half million people will have died in a road traffic accident and millions more will have either sustained serious injuries or been left bereaved through the loss of a loved one.
Attending a service like this is a stark reminder that one moment of poor judgement will wreck the lives of so many people. My six-year-old great niece was cuddled on my knee during the service, listening to the names being read out of all those killed on our roads - including her granddad, who she never got to meet.
The road traffic accident law team at Slater and Gordon will continue to work with Road Peace and other agencies to try to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads, but we all have a responsibility to do what we can. I am very proud that Slater and Gordon continues to provide support and commitment to organisations across the country to achieve this common aim.
Carol Hopwood is a principal lawyer specialising in serious injury at Slater and Gordon in Liverpool.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer a free consultation for people injured in road traffic accidents through no fault of their own. Call us 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.