In a move designed to save lives and improve safety on local roads, Manchester Council has ruled that up to a third of the city’s streets will now have a maximum speed limit of 20 miles an hour, effective Monday 18th August.

This initiative, “twenty is plenty” will include over a thousand roads and create safer streets for pedestrians and children. If successful and if there is enough funding, the 20 mph speed limit may be extended to all residential streets.

According to studies by Lancashire Council, 7 out of 10 of all accidents in Lancashire where people are killed or seriously injured happen in 30mph zones. Further, it has been shown that people are 7 times more likely to survive if they are hit by a car driving at 20mph, therefore this move to reduce local speed limits will undoubtedly save lives.

Freeclaim Solicitors unfortunately see the devastating effect that a serious road accident can have on families and people’s lives. Alastair Fernie, Managing Director of Freeclaim Solicitors welcomes the lower speed limit, “The majority of pedestrian casualties normally occur in built up areas. I welcome any scheme designed to improve road safety particularly for pedestrians who are as a road user group are at greater risk of suffering life changing or fatal injuries.”

As well as improved safety, there are many other benefits in areas with 20 mph speed limit zones, including the encouragement of more physical activity (including encouraging children to walk to school), reduced air pollution and generally an improved quality of life for local residents.

This scheme has been set up to improve road safety and create a safer place for residents and children, but unfortunately, even in regulated slower speed areas, accidents may still happen.

If so, you need the best legal team fighting tirelessly, to get the compensation you deserve.

If you are involved in a road traffic accident, call the specialists at Freeclaim Solicitors. We have over 30 years’ experience in claiming compensation for victims of road traffic accidents and understand how devastating this type of injury can be. As specialist road accident lawyers, Freeclaim are recommended by the Legal 500 as a leading personal injury firm.

We have a dedicated team of road accident claims solicitors ready to help you get the compensation you deserve, ensuring you get the full support and expert advice you need throughout your claim.

All it takes is a phone call to start your claim. To speak to an experienced solicitor at Freeclaim call 0800 612 7340 for a no obligation chat and let us fight for the compensation you deserve.