Cycling is one of the best ways to avoid heavy commuter traffic in London, but the risk of cycling accidents is high. According to recent statistics from the Department for Transport, 23,000 cyclists were involved in road traffic accidents in London in a five year period leading up to the year 2013.
Dangers for cyclists
The main danger for cyclists in London is the volume of traffic; every day thousands of people use the city’s roads to commute to work. Cycling accident black spots include Elephant and Castle roundabout, Trafalgar Square and Waterloo Road Roundabout.
The most common causes of accidents on the road in London include:
- loss of control of the bike
- collisions with another vehicle (HGVs pose a particularly high risk)
- failure to look on the part of the driver
- driving under the influence of alcohol
Staying safe when cycling to work in London
If you regularly cycle to work or you would like to start cycling to reduce travel times and save money, here are some tips to help you stay safe and avoid collisions on the road:
Tips for cyclists:
- always wear a helmet
- wear high visibility clothing and use your lights when it is dark or foggy
- use designated cycle paths
- take extra care at junctions and roundabouts
- avoid weaving in and out of traffic
Tips for drivers:
- do not exceed the speed limit
- always check your mirrors and your blind spot before manoeuvring, changing lane or turning; take extra care at roundabouts
- always check before opening your car door once you have parked
- stay out of cycle lanes
- never drive under the influence of alcohol
Have you been involved in a cycling accident in London?
If you’ve been involved in a car accident or you’ve been hit by another driver in London and you were not at fault, you may wish to claim road accident compensation. If you were cycling in London and you sustained crash injuries as a result of a driver’s negligence, for example they failed to look or they were speeding, you may have a case for personal injury compensation. Note down all the details of the incident and call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for advice about claiming cycle accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in helping people to claim injury compensation for accidents which were not their fault.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice