Somerset widow launches road safety campaign after husbands tragic death

A SOMERSET widow of a motorcyclist fatally injured when he was hit by a truck is launching a road safety campaign in her husband’s memory. Sam Ledger, 36, of Langport, has now joined her legal team at Irwin Mitchell in using Road Safety Week to warn of the dangers of careless driving. She is also planning on visiting schools and colleges in the area with police to hold road safety talks.

Father-of-two, Adam Ledger was killed when his motorbike was struck by a vehicle which had pulled out in from on him on the A378 at Stonehead Hill, near Taunton in December 2020. The truck driver pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving in connection with the collision and received a six-month jail term suspended for 18 months, a 12 month motoring ban and 150 hours’ community service. Adam’s wife, Sam Ledger said that what happened to her family should not happen to anyone and wants to spread the message of the importance of road safety.

“Adam was the best person I have ever known; since the accident it’s difficult to find the words to say how our lives have been turned upside down. I can’t believe that my husband has been taken away from me and the children.” “Adam really was one of the most selfless human beings and the world is a much sadder place without him.

“However, I know nothing can turn the clock back; all we can do now is honour Adam’s memory by trying to find some good from all of this,” Sam said. “The importance of road safety cannot be overstated and I want to do everything I can to spread the message when it comes to the need to take care on the roads.”

“I wouldn’t want others to feel the pain our family does.” Following the 33-year-old’s death his wife, Sam, instructed expert road accident lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help the family access the specialist support they require and secure the future of the couple’s children Evie and Jack, aged nine and eight. The family’s legal team has secured interim payments which have helped secure the family home and will help fund the children’s education.

Deborah Rose, the specialist road accident lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing Sam, said: “Adam’s needless and tragic death has had a profound impact on everyone who knew him, particularly Sam and their children who remain heartbroken by their loss. “Sadly through our work we see too often the devastating consequences families can be left to face through people not paying attention on the roads. Nothing highlights this more vividly than what happened to Adam.

“Despite her grief Sam continues to show tremendous courage and her determination to help others by promoting the importance of road safety is hugely inspirational. “We join her in urging all road users to take care at all times to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured.” Road Safety Week runs from 15-21 November and is organised by the charity Brake.

This year’s theme is Road Safety Heroes and aims to celebrate those who work to improve road safety.