According to RoSPA figures published in August 2014, every year approximately 19,000 cyclists are injured in traffic accidents reported to the police in the UK. This includes approximately 3,000 serious or fatal injuries.
Casualties in 2013
In 2013, children and adults suffered 1,676 and 14,510 slight cycling injuries respectively. During the same period, 276 and 2,867 children and adults respectively suffered serious injuries by cycling accident. Six children and 103 adults died in accidents on the road in the same year.
Numbers could be doubled
The numbers of slight and serious injuries for both adults and children could be doubled, if not tripled (for serious injuries) if all traffic-related accidents involving injuries to cyclists were actually reported to the police.
According to the same publication, 40 per cent of cyclists injured in road accidents suffer arm injuries, with another 25 per cent suffering leg injuries. Injuries to the abdomen and chest are not as common (five per cent), but are frequently serious and often go together with head injuries. Head injuries ranging in severity from cuts and minor concussions to brain damage and fatal skull fractures are very common. According to hospital data, over 40 per cent and 45 per cent of adult and child cyclists respectively suffer head injuries.
A study of 116 cyclist accidents ending in fatalities in London and rural areas revealed that more than 70 per cent of inner city cycling fatalities and over 80 per cent of fatalities following collisions on rural lanes and roads involved moderate to serious head injuries.
Studies conducted by the University Hospital, Nottingham (1986); Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth (1987) and Australian researchers (1987) compared injuries suffered by cyclists not wearing helmets and cyclists wearing different types of helmet. It appears that good, so-called ‘hard shell’ helmets could prevent 90 per cent of fatalities by head injuries. Many cyclists refuse to wear helmets for a variety of different reasons. Maybe they should think again.
Help is just a phone call away
A road traffic accident causing serious or fatal injuries can be devastating for families. To add to what is already a traumatic time in people’s lives, affected families also often face financial hardship as a result of such accidents. Claiming for compensation will not heal injuries or bring loved ones back, but it can help ease the financial strain. Get the help and compensation you deserve by calling Accident Advice Helpline now.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice