Each year about one thousand seven hundred and fifty people die as a result of road collisions on the UK’s roads. This represents an enormous loss. Each person killed or injured will be someone’s parent, partner, child, a favourite relative or best friend .
The need to provide effective, personal support to those affected by death or life changing injuries resulting from road collisions is a significant issue. Who can provide that essential personal support? There are formal legal processes that follow a serious road collision that involve the Police, Coroner, Crown Prosecution Service and personal injury lawyers. However, the work to complete these legal processes does not include the provision of specialist emotional and practical support that is so often needed by victims following the collision. Victims include bereaved individuals and families, those that were involved in the collision or who witnessed it.
The Road Victims Trust seeks to fill the gap by providing support for the bereaved and people otherwise affected by road death or life changing injuries, who are resident in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
The Road Victims Trust was founded in 1995 in Bedfordshire and is a non-profit-making charitable organisation. All the services it provides are free. There is limited statutory funding of the Trust and the majority of the costs are raised by grants, donations and fundraising events.
- Our service is provided by a highly trained, skilled and committed team of staff and Counselling Volunteers.
- Our service is offered to all victims soon after the collision but can be requested at any point following the collision if not taken up immediately.
- Our service is available for as long as it is useful and includes support in preparation for inquests or criminal court hearings and support on the day.
For victims we understand:
- that this is a difficult and potentially confusing time
- there is so much going on it’s hard to take it all in
- the rollercoaster range of emotions that may be felt
- there are many practical tasks that have to be carried out
- that dealing with police and court procedures and officials can be puzzling and upsetting.
The Trust offers:
- Regular, weekly emotional and practical support for individuals and families in their home, at our office, or by telephone for as long as it is useful
- Space to express the whole range of feelings that come with the loss and horror following a serious road collision
- Space to discuss the repercussions of the collision that is a life changing event for all those involved
- Information on the investigation, inquest and court hearings and preparation and support for inquests and hearings
- Access to a list of suitably qualified lawyers who will provide a free initial consultation.