Association supports traffic accident victims, families

January 22, 2008, Tuesday/ 20:35:00/ BETÜL AKKAYA DEMİRBAŞ
The head of the Assistance and Solidarity Association for Traffic Accident Victims has said victims of traffic accidents and their family members are being offered rehabilitation services and psychological help free of charge as part of a new project.
Ahmet Yarar said his association has been supporting traffic accident victims and their family members with medical, psychological and financial aid through a new project. In a phone interview with Today’s Zaman, Yarar said the association, which aims to increase public awareness of traffic regulations and lend a helping hand to the victims of traffic accidents, has recently devised a project to make the lives of traffic accident victims and their families easier. “Those who have been involved in traffic accidents are being offered rehabilitation services and psychological help through this project. Victims who are disabled by traffic accidents are given wheelchairs and vehicles customized to accommodate their disabilities. The project also provides bright students in victims’ families with scholarships to pursue their education,” he noted.

Yarar said the project is supported by Damage Management and Consulting Services -- a firm that offers consulting services to victims of traffic accidents -- and Sinaps Health Services, which provides medical help to victims of traffic accidents. “The project has been devised to provide help to traffic accident victims for free to make their lives easier,” said Yarar. Emphasizing that the project is a first in Turkey in this sense, he said his association began implementing the project almost four months ago. “Eight traffic victims have received wheelchairs and vehicles for the disabled through the project so far. Several others have been given psychological assistance from experts. Our objective is to expand the scope of our project in the coming days,” noted Yarar.

Yarar, himself a victim of a traffic accident, said he founded the association after he had an accident in Britain. “After the accident I realized that the rights of traffic accident victims are not protected. When I returned to Turkey I decided to found this association to help those who have been adversely affected by traffic accidents,” he said.

Stressing that the project is funded through charitable donations, Yarar said his association greatly appreciates its supporters’ benevolence. “We are also in constant contact with municipalities to help traffic accident victims and their families. We have been supporting three students for the last few months to help them continue their education, and we aim to support these students until they graduate from high school,” he noted.

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