Statistics from the Department for Transport (DFT) reveal there are approximately 100 road casualties in London over the course of an average day. This is a statistic to cause concern for just about everyone. Whether it’s a car collision, motorcycle crash or incidents with cyclists, the consequences of road traffic accidents can be extremely serious. Even areas with reputations for health and safety are not immune from the threat of traffic accidents, as these five roads in West London will testify.
Hammersmith Bridge, Hammersmith
This otherwise picturesque stretch of tarmac was the scene of a horrific crash back in May 2012 in which a young female cyclist was left pinned to the side of the bridge by a car following a serious road accident. The victim was out cycling with her parents and the traffic accident occurred between two cars when one tried to overtake her.
Cyclists have long complained about the safety of cycling on the bridge, often electing to use the footpath instead given the number of cycling accidents.
Gunnersbury Avenue, Gunnersbury
A tragic road accident occurred here in August 2013. A 10-year-old boy riding pillion on a motorbike died as a result of the motorcycle accident. The motorcyclist also received injuries that proved to be fatal.
Hospital Bridge Road
Aptly named, perhaps, but an accident on this stretch of road was no laughing matter for the two victims involved in a vehicle collision in January 2014. Mercifully, the road incident only involved two cars but one victim needed to be cut free from their car and both were taken to hospital for treatment to severe traffic crash injuries.
Swandon Way, Wandsworth
Back in October 2013, a serious road collision between a black taxi and a Ford Focus left five victims in hospital with car crash injuries. The road accident occurred just after 3.30 am and fire fighters were called to the scene to free a man who had been trapped in the accident.
Green Lane, Hounslow
A dramatic two-car collision here back in June 2010 needed all three emergency services to attend as the Wednesday evening rush hour produced a serious road accident.
Where to get help
If you are the victim of a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, then Accident Advice Helpline can help you get back on your feet with the traffic accident compensation you deserve on a no-win, no-fee* basis. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: February 26, 2014
Author: David Brown