Dear Pedestrians, Cyclists, Motorcyclists, Passengers, Drivers and Truck Drivers,
Internationally, on the third Sunday of November each year, countries and communities unite to remember loved ones who have been killed or injured in transport accidents. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is a day to remember and pay tribute to road traffic victims, and also to recognise emergency service personnel, police and medical professionals who bravely attend and assist at the scene.
I am a Lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers and I have been practicing in the area of transport accident law for the last seven years. In other words, I fight for the rights and entitlements of injured Australians and their families who have been involved in a transport accident on our roads. Throughout my time as a transport accident lawyer, I have met families, husbands, wives, children, medical professionals, rescuers, police officers, lawyers and nurses (the list could go on) whose lives have been significantly impacted and forever changed by a road accident.
I have fought for clients’ rights and their correct entitlements, advocated on their behalf, cried with them, shared their worries and anxiety, and at times been a shoulder to cry on, myself trying to put on a brave face in tragic circumstances.
I mention this, because on Sunday (the 19th of November 2017), I took time to reflect on my own experiences and remember the lives lost and impacted by a transport accident in Australia. Too frequently, a loved one is lost on our roads and never returns home. I urge everyone to take a moment to do the same. If you know someone that has been impacted by a transport accident, pick up the phone and call them. Spend the time recognising the pain and suffering that they have been through and acknowledging their experience.
Together, we can raise awareness and engagement about road safety, through remembering the past experiences of victims. I hope that one day, as an Australian community, we will see a zero road toll and minimal accidents causing serious injury on our roads – so let’s pause for a moment to remember and be there for a road traffic victim.
Practice Group Leader at Slater and Gordon Lawyers