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What Can We Learn from the Deadly A580 Accident

Couple lose their lives at A580 Car Accident

A580 crashSunday 22nd June 2014 will be a day to remember for the families of Aaron Tulsa Jones and Amy Louise Hobson but not the good kind. This was the day when their Vauxhall Corsa was “ploughed” into by 2 high powered Audis; an S3 and an RS3. The drivers of the 2 cars were both male, between the ages of 25-30 and were racing on a public road for reasons unknown.

This collision caused Aaron and Amy to lose their lives (Aaron at the scene of the accident and Amy at the hospital later on). The 2 men were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and are being held and questioned in custody. More on the report by MEN here.

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Lessons to be learnt

Endangering your own life as well as other innocent people’s lives is never to be taken lightly. Irresponsibility, reckless behaviour and a total disregard for public safety and the law are unacceptable in every case, yet when it comes to cars, people can “forget” these.

Lesson 1

Speeding is illegal and so should not be done under any circumstance. If you want to race, there are plenty of racetracks available in the UK and also high powered car experience days on the racetrack that you can attend to get your racing thrills. On the public highway however is another matter which can (and in this case has) lead to very serious consequences.

Lesson 2

Don’t get carried away of peer pressured into doing something that you do not want to do, or know inside you that it is wrong and can cause an accident. Be the bigger man and stand up for what you believe in. This builds character and also gains you respect from your peers, and if not, they were never the peers that were suited to you.

What are the consequences of causing a RTA

There are 2 consequences that you have to live with if you were one of the men who caused this road traffic accident. The first is the legal and criminal side of things and the second is your own personal feelings of regret, anger, remorse and so forth.

Legal side

From the legal side of things how it stands for the mend who caused the accident is:

  • Interrogation by the police
  • Court appearance
  • Plea
  • Verdict
  • Sentence
  • Jail time

The repercussions of this are felt for a life time. Being in prison may not (and most probably won’t) last a life time however after coming out of prison, their quality of life will be bad from the point of view that they won’t be able to drive as their licenses will be taken off them, their insurance premiums will be sky high and they will have a criminal record which will affect their ability to find employment.

Personal Side

This ranges from person to person but the usual feelings of anger, denial, sadness, remorse would come into play at different stages for the individual. It will be like a mental “scar” for life that won’t easily heal if at all.

Ask yourself, is it worth it?

Here at Personal Injury Solicitors Manchester we have clients who have been in RTAs which weren’t their fault and so wish to get back the compensation they deserve. We always wish that the accident never occurred in the first place (prevention is better than cure) however we always hope that if an accident does occur, that it is NOT fatal or catastrophic.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of Aaron and Amy and wish them all the best for the future.