Department of Transport figure show that almost 23,000 people were injured in road traffic accidents involving cyclists in a five year period between 2009 and 2013. If you’ve been injured in a cycling accident in the last three years and you were not to blame, you may have a case for road accident compensation.
What causes cycling injuries and accidents?
The most common causes of cycling accidents include:
- errors made by car drivers, including failing to look and speeding
- being hit by car doors when a driver or passenger has failed to look
- drivers crossing the path of a cyclist
- loss of control of the bike
- cyclist failing to look
- sudden lane changes made by car drivers
Cycle accidents are most likely to occur at peak times during the morning and late afternoon. This is because more vehicles are on the road than at any other time of the day.
Accident black spots: Vauxhall Bridge/Wandsworth Road
In a list of London cycling black spots, which was compiled based on figures from the Department for Transport for 2009-2013, Vauxhall Bridge/Wandsworth Road came 7th. There were 31 incidents involving cyclists in a five-year period. Elephant and Castle roundabout topped the list, with 80 accidents.
In response to the figures, driving safety organisations, Scotland Yard and the Government announced measures to increase road user safety on major roads and try to reduce the number of people injured on the roads in London. Examples of these measures include Operation Safeway, which involved placing 600 police officers at 166 junctions across the city at peak commuter times.
Claiming for a cycle accident
If you’re a cyclist and you’ve been injured by a car or you’ve been involved in a collision with a bus, van or heavy goods vehicle and it wasn’t your fault, you may wish to think about claiming compensation. If you have evidence to prove that you were not to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim the cycle accident compensation you deserve. Call the 24-hour helpline or complete our easy 30-second eligibility test online to see if you have a valid claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is a reputable, reliable law firm, which specialises in personal injury claims. Our company is endorsed by Dame Esther Rantzen and it offers a simple, stress-free claims process. The majority of our clients never have to go to court and the law team works on a no-win no-fee* policy.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice