World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

By Kamila Jaskula

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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims takes place on the third Sunday in November each year and acknowledges the suffering experienced by the millions of people whose lives have been impacted in accidents on the world’s roads.

History of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

In 2022, World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims falls on the 20th of November. World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was first observed in 1993 by the British road crash victim charity, RoadPeace.

It was subsequently recognised by road victims’ organisations collectively represented by the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) in 1995.

In the years that followed, non-government organisations (NGOs) from continents around the globe chose to observe the day as well, and on the 26th of October 2005, it was formally recognised by the UN General Assembly.

To ensure effective promotion, organisation and management of activities in support of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, a dedicated foundation was set up in August 2021 to coordinate efforts.

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Observing World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

RoadPeace has produced a helpful guide for those wishing to commemorate the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and organise activities around it.World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims poster

Steps individuals can take to remember those affected by road accidents include:

  • Lighting candles to remember lost loved ones
  • Erecting memorials in the form of benches, plaques or decorative stones
  • Planting trees or compiling memory books
  • Writing and performing songs or poetry, either privately or as part of memorial concerts
  • Bringing the friends and families of those affected by road traffic accidents together to take part in activities they enjoy or enjoyed

The primary aims of observing World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Day are as follows:

  • To remember those killed and/or seriously injured on our roads
  • To recognise the crucial work carried out by our emergency services in mitigating the harm stemming from road traffic accidents
  • To address the inappropriate stigmas associated with seeking legal action for those dealing with road traffic accident injuries and secure better support for them
  • To reduce the frequency and severity of future road traffic accidents using evidence-based actions

Those wishing to highlight the importance of the day on social media can do so using the #WDoR2022 hashtag, and the slogan “REMEMBER. SUPPORT. ACT”.

The impacts of road traffic accidents on UK roads

Road traffic accidents impact thousands of road users every year in the UK, and the effects can be devastating, including the likes of:

  • Lasting/permanent physical injuries
  • Significant physical pain and/or emotional trauma/anxiety
  • Loss of earnings due to lack of ability to work or job loss
  • Spiralling medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Disruption of family / interpersonal relationships

Road traffic accident claims rank amongst the most common forms of compensation claims in the UK, and if you or a family member have been affected by one that wasn’t your fault, you should seek advice from a qualified personal injury claims solicitor.

Personal injury lawyer Kamila Jaskula successfully secured compensation for a widow whose husband, and the father of her children, had been killed in a motor accident collision.

A close up of a red emergency triangle on the road in front of a car after an accident.