Driving or walking around London can be dangerous in itself. However, cycling is a completely different kind of danger. Due to certain laws, all cyclists have to ride on the road, which means that they are sharing the road with taxis, buses, vans and all sorts of other large vehicles. Unlike these vehicles, bicycles have no metal box or safety features to prevent the rider from suffering a serious injury if they are involved in an accident.
One of the most dangerous cycling spots in London is Aldgate East, Whitechapel and Commercial Street.
Why is this junction especially prone to road traffic accidents involving cyclists?
This junction has been rated on many occasions as one of the most dangerous for cyclists to ride across. One of the main reasons is that quite often, it is the location of road traffic accidents involving bicycles due to the long blue unbordered cycle lane running across.
This means that both cars and cycles can drive or ride over it, which puts cyclists at high risk on an already very busy junction. Without this it is a dangerous junction for cycle and car accidents alike, but the lane with no border makes it all the more deadly.
How to avoid a cycle or car accident on this junction
If you are a cyclist, the best way of avoiding an accident is to avoid this junction if possible. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, so the most important thing you can do is to be aware of those around you at all times. If you know what is behind you and in front of you, then you could potentially preempt any possible road traffic accidents.
Other than this, make sure that you are wearing the proper safety equipment, especially a helmet and reflective gear, to ensure that you are clearly visible to other road users.
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident within the last three years that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Speak to us here at Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile 24/7 to find out how much you could potentially receive in compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice