Increase in road deaths in Northern Ireland in 2013

By Gillian Crotty

There were 56 deaths on the roads of Northern Ireland in 2013 compared to 48 the previous year.

Despite the increase on last year the total number of road accident deaths is one of the lowest on record - last year having been the lowest ever. Of the 56 people who died in road traffic accidents, 24 were driving one of the cars involved in the crash, 12 were passengers, 10 were motorcyclists, 7 were pedestrians, and 3 were cyclists.

A Road Traffic Amendment Bill is awaiting executive approval and will introduce measures to combat drink driving, and the higher rate of road accidents among young drivers. PSNI Superintendent David Moore identified several factors as the main causes of road traffic deaths in Northern Ireland - excessive speed, drinking under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driver distraction or carelessness, and people not wearing a seat-belt.

If you have suffered injury or loss as a result of a road traffic accident in Northern Ireland you may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical costs and loss of earnings. Contact one of the accident claims solicitors at Wilson Nesbitt in Belfast by calling 0800 840 9289.