The number of road traffic accidents involving cyclists in London is nothing short of shocking. In November 2013, the nation was appalled as six cyclists were killed in London in separate accidents over a two-week period. Thankfully, although cycling has exploded in popularity as a means of transportation in London, the ratio of journeys made by bike to accidents has been on the decrease in recent years. This is due to a number of reasons, including the efforts made by many cycling organisations to increase awareness of cyclist safety, both for motorists and cyclists. Knowing any dangerous cycle spots in the city can help minimise the risk of road related accidents and injuries.
Grove Road / Mile End Road
Research conducted by insurance provider Aviva found that Grove Road / Mile End Road ranked among one of the most dangerous cycling spots in London for the years 2009-2013. There were 32 serious accidents along this stretch of road in the period of 2009-2013. This ranked it as the sixth most dangerous cycling spot in London behind:
- Elephant and Castle roundabout – 80
- Trafalgar Square – 46
- Waterloo Road roundabout – 45
- Lambeth Bridge/Millbank roundabout – 38
- Upper Tooting Road/Lessingham Ave, Ansell Road/Derinton Road – 3
How to prevent an accident when cycling
It is important to take measures to prevent a cycling accident when on London’s roads. This includes some elementary bike safety, ensuring that you wear a helmet to protect yourself from head injury as the result of an accident and to wear a hi-vis vest or jacket, especially in low light conditions, to ensure that you can be seen by other motorists. Always ensure you perform full observation when making manoeuvres by taking a quick glance over both shoulders before turning and use hand signals. Avoid the urge to listen to music when cycling as this can distract your attention.
Been involved in a cycling accident?
Although it is important to observe correct health and safety procedure when cycling, it is impossible to avoid accidents completely. If you’ve been injured as a cyclist within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. We boast years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including cyclist accidents. All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket in the event that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice