National road safety helpline gets boost from specialist solicitor Birchall Blackburn


Brake, the road safety charity, has announced a partnership with serious injury solicitor firm Birchall Blackburn Law. This partnership offers vital assistance to Brake’s helpline which supports road victims and in campaigning for safer roads as part of the National Road Victim Service.

Brake’s helpline offers free and confidential support to those affected by traffic collisions. With an average of five deaths and 68 serious injuries every day on the UKs roads, it provides a vital service for victims, their families and friends.

The Department for Transport’s most recent report (September 2018 based on 2017 statistics) states that in 2017 there were 170,993 reported casualties. Of those casualties, 24,831 had serious and life-threatening injuries and 1,793 people were killed.

The helpline team provides information and advocacy, emotional support and a listening ear to the bereaved or seriously injured, those caring for someone bereaved or injured, and to professionals, such as police officers, teachers or health workers, wanting advice about how to help people affected by a crash.

Quentin Underhill, partner and head of serious and catastrophic injury at Birchall Blackburn Law, says: “Nearly every day we talk to people living with the devastating consequences of road traffic collisions. Their lives will never be the same again and they all need some form of help, which is why the Brake helpline is critically important.

“We’re proud to be a sponsorship partner with Brake and to be helping the charity to continue to provide this vital service to the UK’s road victims. We’re also looking forward to saving lives by supporting and shouting about Brake’s campaigns for road safety, sustainable road use, effective road policies, community education, and the UK’s flagship Road Safety Week.”

Ian Greenwood, Director of the National Road Victim Service at Brake, says: “We are delighted to start working in partnership with Birchall Blackburn and for their support for our helpline. This will mean that our helpline team will continue to be able to support people who are bereaved or seriously injured as a result of a road crash at a time in their lives when specialist support can help.”

The team at Birchall Blackburn Law has more than 100 years of experience representing clients that have suffered major trauma due to road traffic collisions, as well as supporting bereaved families at inquests and through life-altering circumstances. Their work focuses on accessing rehabilitation quickly to help clients recover their quality of life and to support families in bringing justice for the victims.

Birchall Blackburn Law has offices in Manchester, Preston, Morecambe, Southport, Chester, Chorley and Leyland. The firm is one of five sponsors of the Brake victim support helpline, which can give support whether the crash was recent or a long time ago, and whether it occurred in this country or abroad.

The helpline is open from 10am to 4pm from Monday through to Friday. Call 0808 8000 401. During out of office hours you can leave a message on the helpline voicemail or send an e-mail to and Brake will get in touch once the helpline re-opens. All calls are in confidence.