Sheffield lawyers who specialise in helping people seriously injured in collisions are calling for more research into measures aimed at reducing accidents.
They spoke out after police figures showed there were 4,497 people injured on the roads in South Yorkshire from September 2013-14, with 485 serious injuries and fatalities recorded.
Louise Jenkins, a partner at Irwin Mitchell, said: “While the UK has some of the safest roads in the world, these latest figures, which indicate casualties are increasing, should act as a wake-up call that a joined up approach needs to be taken to improve road safety in this country.
“This of course begins with road users taking responsibility for their actions, understanding the inherent risks of driving and ensuring that their safety of themselves and other road users is always the top priority.
“It is vital further research is conducted into measures that have the potential to reduce the number of accidents that lead to fatalities or serious injuries, such as 20mph zones and segregated cycle lanes.”