Nov. 16 is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, we know as well as anyone that car accidents, and the tragedies they can leave behind, are all too common. Each year, over 30,000 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States alone. Hundreds of thousands more are injured. We hear about these incidents every day, but there is nothing routine about the pain and trauma that they can cause. That is why, on November 16, we will pause to remember the victims of traffic accidents and their families.
According to the World Health Organization, The World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims was first observed in 1993. In 2005, the United Nations endorsed it as a day of remembrance to be observed annually on the third Sunday in November.
All across the United States and the world, there will be parades, memorials, workshops, and services held in recognition of this day. In addition to remembering those who have been hurt and killed, the purpose of this day is also to remind drivers of the consequences of dangerous driving behaviors, and show solidarity, compassion, and support for those who have lost loved ones.
In our home city of Scranton, PA, there will be a candlelight vigil held in the courthouse square commemorating victims of road accidents. The vigil provides an opportunity for families who have been shaken by the loss of loved ones – many of them children – to find some comfort in the support of their community. Similar events will be held across the world, from Ireland to India, and in between.
So, on this day, while we keep in mind those who have lost loved ones, or lost their lives, we also keep in mind the importance of driving safely. This day of remembrance reminds us that drowsy driving, distracted driving, and drunk driving are not victimless crimes. Everyone knows that risky driving behaviors are dangerous – that’s nothing new. And yet, hundreds of thousands of car accidents are caused by texting, or not wearing a seat belt, or exceeding the speed limit. It’s not that we are unaware; it’s simply that we choose to put these things out of our minds. There is a disconnect for those who haven’t experienced the horror that can result from an accident. It’s human nature: one never thinks of these things until they’re happening to you, and by then, it’s too late. The World Day of Remembrance serves as a reminder.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or died in an accident with a motor vehicle, the personal injury attorneys at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys can help. With over 50 years of experience, we specialize in car, truck, and pedestrian accidents. For a free consultation, call 855-866-5529. Or, complete our contact form.
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