Serious Road Traffic Collision

When someone is killed, seriously injured or has a life changing injury as a result of a Road Traffic Collision (RTC), it causes a huge amount of trauma and grief.

Where there is a fatality, there is a huge impact to the family, friends or colleagues of a person who has been killed. Where someone is left seriously injured or with a life changing injury, there will be an impact on not only them, but also their family, friends and colleagues.

Anyone who is affected by this trauma and can be considered a victim.

How may this affect victims?

For victims this could be a difficult and confusing time. There will be a lot going on and it may be hard to take everything in. There may be emotional impacts which can affect mental and physical health, social interactions of family life. There may be practical or physical impacts to consider around finances, housing or employment.

It’s important to remember that no reaction is right or wrong.

What services are available?

There is a range of emotional and practical support available to residents in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who have been effected by a fatality, serious or life changing injury as a result of a Road Traffic Collision. This is primarily offered by the Road Victims Trust.

The Road Victims Trust work closely with the Police and where there has been a fatal collision, or for many life changing injury collisions, will contact victims directly to offer support. The Trust recognise support may not always be wanted immediately after a traumatic event, and services can be accessed at any time.

Services include written information that victims can read at their own pace to weekly support online, by telephone or in person at one of our counselling rooms or at home. There is support available to best suit the needs of the victim. Support includes, but is not limited to:

  • Written information and advice
  • Regular telephone support and advice
  • Regular counselling online, by phone or in person
  • Support dealing with the police and court procedures

All support is free and confidential.