Cycling is an environmentally friendly way of getting to work, which also boosts your health and prevents you from getting stuck in heavy traffic, but there are risks of riding a bike, especially in London in blackspot areas such as Lambeth Bridge roundabout.
According to statistics from the Department for Transport, 23,000 road traffic accidents involving cyclists occurred within a five-year period between 2008 and 2013 in London.
If you’ve been involved in a cycling accident and you weren’t to blame, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim road accident compensation.
Why is London so dangerous for cyclists?
Research shows that cyclists are more likely to be involved in a crash on the road than drivers and this is largely due to the fact that drivers fail to spot bikes, especially at junctions and on roundabouts. London is dangerous at the best of times, due to the intense traffic, the large number of vehicles on the road and the presence of other hazards, such as buses and pedestrians. Traffic jams can affect concentration and some drivers can get irritated and frustrated, which may affect their driving ability and their behaviour behind the wheel.
Accident black spots to avoid
In a list of the ten most dangerous cycling spots in London, Lambeth Bridge roundabout rated 4th, with 38 accidents involving bikes in just 5 years. The roundabout is highlighted by cyclists as a hazardous route because of the volume of traffic, especially at peak times in the morning and evening, and the layout of the lanes, which encourage fast driving.
Other black spots included Elephant and Castle roundabout, which was the scene of 80 accidents, Trafalgar Square and Waterloo Road roundabout.
Safety advice for cyclists and motorists
If you’re riding a bike in London, here are some tips to reduce the risk of a collision on the road and crash injuries:
- try to stick to cycle routes
- wear high visibility clothing
- use lights
- always wear a helmet
- be vigilant at all times and check all around you before moving off or turning
- signal well in advance of junctions
Most bike accidents are caused by human error on the part of the other driver; here are some steps to help drivers when faced with bikes on the road:
- give cyclists space and time
- always check your mirrors and your blind-spot
- watch out for cyclists on roundabouts, at traffic lights and when turning at junctions
- look for cyclists before opening your car door
Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500, for more information about road traffic accident claims, and for a free initial consultation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice