New figures released by Leeds City Council under the Freedom of Information act have revealed that cycling injuries in Leeds have risen by almost 50% in the last 10 years. Last year, 329 cyclists were injured, compared to 206 in 2004. 49 of these cyclists were left with serious injuries.
More cyclists are taking to the roads in Leeds than ever before, so serious cycling injuries are set to continue rising. Paul Osborne, the Yorkshire Director of Sustrans, the cycling charity, commented, “The number of accidents is obviously something that needs to be addressed. You would expect them to increase if cycling numbers are up, but clearly it’s unacceptable.” He also said that slower speed limits, changes in motorists’ behaviour and more driver training could help to reduce accidents.
Cycling has really taken off in Leeds, with the Valley Striders Cycling Club seeing memberships triple from 40 to 120 over the last year. In the wake of the Tour de France, Leeds City Council has pledged to make improvements to the city’s cycling routes.
If you have been injured in a cycling accident either in Leeds or anywhere else in the UK, you may be able to claim compensation if somebody else was to blame. Contact a personal injury lawyer for advice, and remember, there’s a three year time limit in place to make a claim for compensation.
Injuries sustained during cycle accidents
When riding a bike, you’re vulnerable, which is why it is important to wear safety equipment such as a helmet. Here are just a few of the injuries which could be sustained if struck by a car or other vehicle whilst cycling:
- Concussion or head injuries
- Shoulder or neck injuries
- Cuts or bruises
- Broken bones
You could be struck by a car, motorcyclist, bus, van or other vehicle – you could even be involved in a collision with a pedestrian, which can be more dangerous than you might think. If you’ve sustained serious cycling injuries, contact a personal injury lawyer today to see whether you might be able to claim compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today
When you decide to make a claim for compensation after being involved in a cycling accident, you want a personal injury lawyer you can trust. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we’ve been helping people claim personal injury compensation since 2000 – that’s over 14 years’ experience dealing with all kinds of claims. We’ll support you throughout the whole process; for most claims, you won’t even need to attend court. What’s more, you can call our freephone helpline 24/7 for confidential, no-obligation advice, so get in touch with us today.
Date Published: September 16, 2014
Author: David Brown