The cycling scene in London has seen explosive growth in the last few years. This is due to a number of reasons including the convenience of cycling as opposed to driving to work, an increased interest in the hobby itself and the Boris Bikes scheme.
Whilst the ratio of journey undertaken to accidents is in the decline, the amount of road traffic accidents involving cyclists is on the increase. .In November 2013, the nation was shocked as six cyclists were killed in London in separate accidents over a two-week period.
Euston Road / Grey’s Inn Road / Pentonville Road
Insurance provider Aviva conducted a survey which found that over 23,000 cycling accidents occurred in Greater London over the last five years. Cyclists have also noted that Euston Road, Grey’s Inn Road and Pentonville Road is one of the 12 worst junctions for cyclists in London. It has been described as “essentially a motorway with no contraflow system in the centre of London.”
How to avoid a cycling accident
It is almost impossible to prevent all accidents when cycling however, you should still observe elementary bike safety as a cyclist and as a motorist. If you are a cyclist, ensure you wear the correct safety equipment. Ensure that you give hand signals and perform all manoeuvres safely.
Motorists should take extra care as cyclists may be less visible in your mirrors when performing a turn. Ensure that no cyclists are travelling alongside your vehicle before making a turn which could place them in a perilous position.
Been involved in a cycling accident?
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 many years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including cyclist accidents. All of our claims are made on a 100 percent no-win no-fee* basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket in the event that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful. The majority of claims are settled outside court, meaning you may not have to relive the trauma of your accident in a court appearance.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice