Notorious as one of the most dangerous cycle spots in London, the Southampton Row and Theobalds Road junction in Holborn has claimed the lives of three people in cycling accidents since 2008. Out of 77 injuries by vehicle collisions on this junction over the past ten years, 29 injuries were sustained by cyclists.
About the junction
The junction consists of three narrow traffic lanes squeezing into a road width of less than ten metres. The junction has no cycle lanes or even traffic lights with cycling-specific cycles. in short, cyclists are hemmed in by heavy, fast moving traffic and have nothing to help them stay safe and prevent being hit by a vehicle while navigating this vast, terrifying junction.
It appears that the council responsible (Camden) is now considering permitting cyclists to use the bus lane (something which cyclists desperate to avoid traffic accidents have been fined for doing in the past). This still leaves cyclists, who make up 64 per cent of traffic on this busy junction, at risk of being hit by a bus. The matter is not helped by parked vehicles and occasionally scaffolding obscuring cyclists’ view and preventing the use of the bus lane.
If you were injured
Should you have suffered a cycling injury while navigating this junction, you could be entitled to claim for cycling injury compensation if your road traffic accident:
- Was caused by another road user
- Occurred within the past three years
To give your compensation claim a good chance of success, get an Accident Advice Helpline lawyer to help you conduct your claim.
About Accident Advice Helpline
Established many years ago to help people get the compensation they are entitled to after sustaining personal injuries in cycling, motorcycling or car accidents, our law firm has an impeccable reputation and an outstanding success rate. All injury lawyers assigned to claim cases belong to the company’s own nationwide legal team and operate on a no win no fee* basis.
How to get hold of Accident Advice Helpline
We can be contacted via 0800 689 0500 or via our website. The advice line is available around the clock, 365 days per year. Our experienced, helpful advisors are capable of answering any claim-related questions. All calls are confidential, and callers are under no obligation to pursue claims after making initial contact, although this is obviously the recommended course of action.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice