Cycling in London is a dangerous business. Statistics show the most accident-prone spots in the capital. London’s roads are among the busiest in the country and people are usually in a rush to get around but taking care and being fully aware is vital to avoid nasty cycling accidents.
Dangerous London roundabouts
The Waterloo Road roundabout, just by the IMAX at the end of Waterloo Bridge, comes in at number three on the list of most dangerous junctions after the Elephant and Castle roundabout and Trafalgar Square.
There were 45 cycling traffic accidents recorded at the Waterloo Road roundabout in the last five years according to statistics from insurance company Aviva.
The survey recorded over 20,000 cycling accidents reported to police within the M25 including 80 deaths among cyclists from these incidents and 67 of these within Greater London. Around 30 per cent of the victims in these road traffic accidents were men in their forties and nearly two-thirds were commuters.
In 2014/15 Transport for London only spent a small part of the cycling budget during the financial year. City Hall cut the first budget of £107 million to £82 million due to savings on the Boris bike scheme and a “re-phasing” of some safety projects but Mayor Johnson had to admit in an answer to Liberal Democrats questioning that actually spending was only £29 million.
A spokesman for TfL clarified that the underspend would roll over to the next year’s budget and that plans were in place for four new cycle superhighways although it is not clear that any of these will address the Waterloo Road roundabout.
There are plans in place though to improve the signage in the Waterloo area to give information about safe routes to the station and avoiding the roundabout.
The insurer analysed 100 cases of cyclists making claims for over £125,000 for serious injuries and found that involvement by heavy goods vehicles in thirty per cent of the collision accidents despite only making up 1 in 20 vehicles on the road.
What action can I take to avoid accidents?
Wearing safety gear such as helmets and high visibility clothing is essential. At night use a bike light and reflectors, it is illegal not to do so for a reason although in the study a third of the cyclists injured in collisions at night were not using bike lights.
What if I still get injured?
If you suffer an injury in an accident on the road and it is someone else’s fault then call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for advice on whether or not you are eligible for a compensation claim. Our legal team has years of experience dealing with exactly these kinds of road traffic injury claims and you can relax with a no-win no-fee* approach to your case.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice