Cycling in London is extremely popular, and with the emergence of the cycle superhighway, the Boris bike scheme and billions of pounds being invested in upgrading the capital’s road network, more and more people are choosing to partake in riding around town.
Risks of cycling
There are dangers associated with bike riding though, and certain hot spots classify as the most dangerous cycle spots. It is worth being aware of general guidelines for safe cycling and to know which particular areas have been the site of accidents in the past.
If you have suffered an injury as the result of a road traffic accident while cycling which was not your fault in the last three years, then you can make a claim for compensation. By calling us here at Accident Advice Helpline on our freephone number, you can speak to a friendly and professional advisor who will be able to check your injury claim.
Trafalgar Square is considered the very centre of London, and as a result has a great deal of traffic passing through each day. It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that it is one of the most dangerous junctions in the city. There were 46 accidents involving cyclists reported between 2009 and 2013, making it only second to the Elephant & Castle roundabout in terms of incidents. The most dangerous intersection is by Charing Cross Station, where the Strand, Northumberland Avenue and Whitehall meet.
The cycling budget of Transport for London was cut from £107 million to £82 million because of a “rephasing” of the road safety plan, and it has been reported that they have only actually spent £29 million of that. Questions arise, then, as to whether the government is doing enough to protect cyclists on London’s busy roads.
What to do if you suffer an injury
Make sure that any witnesses who were present at the scene of your accident can offer you a statement to show that the accident was not your fault. Also, make sure to record the time and date of the accident and get the details of the other person/people involved.
If the accident was somebody else’s fault and you suffer an injury, then you are entitled to compensation and Accident Advice Helpline’s legal team will be able to process your claim. We have years of experience dealing with traffic accidents on the road and other types of personal injury, like slips, trips and falls. Most road traffic accident claims are processed over the telephone and you will most likely not need to attend court.
Call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice