The number of people opting to get around London by bike has increased significantly over the years, which inevitably increases the risk of road traffic accidents involving cyclists.
But where are London’s cycling accident hotspots and what can you do avoid being involved in a road traffic accident that can lead to serious personal injury?
The five ‘blackspots’ outlined by ‘Transport for London’ are Blackfriars Bridge, Euston, Cambridge Circus, Shoreditch High Street and London-wide.
If you intend to cycle through these areas then there are a number of important steps you can take to ensure you remain safe and to reduce your risk of being involved in a collision between yourself and a motor vehicle.
A cyclists’ guide to reducing the risk of being involved in a car accident
- Always pay attention to what is going on around you.
- When possible, try and make eye contact with drivers to confirm that they can see you.
- Wear bright clothing at all times and ensure you are wearing reflective gear at night.
- Always wear a helmet – this significantly reduces your risk of serious injury in the event of a collision.
- When riding at night, make sure your bike is equipped with suitable lighting.
- Use appropriate hand signals when turning.
- Don’t use headphones or speak on your mobile phone while on the move – you need to be able to hear other vehicles around you.
We advise that you use the above tips to ensure you remain safe on the roads when cycling. However, if you are involved in a road traffic accident as a cyclist, you may be eligible to claim if the accident wasn’t your fault.
Accident Advice Helpline can advise you of whether you are eligible to claim road traffic accident injury compensation, and our claims process is simple and hassle-free.
How do I know whether I am eligible to claim for road traffic accident compensation?
- Was the accident the fault of another road user?
- Did the accident happen in the last three years?
- Have you received medical treatment as a result of the accident?
If you answered yes to all three of the questions above then it is likely that you have a good case for a road traffic accident claim. You should call us on our 24/7 advice line to speak with one of our friendly and professional advisers who will be happy to advise you on how you can claim. Call our friendly and professional advisers free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0933 from a mobile phone for free no-obligation advice on what we can do for you.
Date Published: October 3, 2013
Author: David Brown