A Ballarat motor vehicle accident lawyer has pleaded with locals to take extra care on the road after new figures revealed the region’s road toll continues to climb.
Slater and Gordon lawyer Matthew Naughtin said the Transport Accident Commission’s latest report showed there had been six road deaths in the combined Ballarat and Pyrenees Local Government Areas in the 12 months to the end of June this year.
“The road toll has steadily been climbing over the past two years,” Mr Naughtin said.
“It’s gone from two, to four and now six. It’s a very worrying trend.”
The TAC has found since 2012 fatalities in rural areas increased by 12 per cent, while fatalities in Melbourne dropped by 25 per cent.
Mr Naughtin said that as a motor vehicle accident lawyer he had first-hand experience dealing with grieving family members who come to see him about TAC benefits.
“These people are the ones left behind, forced to pick up the pieces. No amount of money can ever make up for the trauma of losing a loved one in a road accident.”
Mr Naughtin said he was also concerned that long-term hospitalisations (more than 14 days) had increased as a result of local road accidents.
“Those who are surviving a road accident are spending longer in hospital because of the seriousness of their injuries.
“This fact, together with our increasing local road toll, is a real cause for concern.
“It’s really up to all of us to do more to reduce our road toll and stop serious road accidents.”