Smart Motorways and the Law

As many road users are aware, so called ” smart “motorways have become increasingly common in recent years throughout the country.

What is a smart motorway?

According to the RAC, a smart motorway is a section of a motorway that uses traffic management methods to increase capacity and reduce congestion in particularly busy areas. These methods include using the hard shoulder as a running lane and using variable speed limits to control the flow of traffic.

Although undoubtedly well intentioned, smart motorways have come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks. A proposed national rollout has been postponed by the Secretary of State for Transport following reports of increased near misses on smart motorways and 38 deaths over the past 5 years.

We have all witnessed or experienced an instance of “stranded vehicles” on the motorways and know how frightening those circumstances must be. I am sure it is therefore right to pause the rollout whilst further evaluation takes place.

As busy personal injury practitioners, we are well aware of the devastating consequences of serious road traffic accidents which often lead to catastrophic life changing injuries and even death.

Following such accidents, it is crucial to obtain quality legal advice so as to ensure that adequate rehabilitation packages are in place and the victims of such accidents and their families can obtain justice.

Our experienced personal injury Lawyers can provide advice and assistance to those seriously injured in road traffic accidents.