Cambridge is known as a city where lots of people travel by bicycle. However, the latest figures for Cambridge cycling accidents have shown that serious accidents have reached a high over the last ten years. Of all the modes of transport covered in the figures, pedal cycling was indicated to be the only method of transport where there was a rise in serious or fatal outcomes of accidents within the last ten-year period.
Cyclists may be particularly at risk on the roads, since they have little protection if they are hit by a vehicle of any kind. While wearing a helmet can help provide protection, Accident Advice Helpline know of many cases where serious injuries and fatalities have resulted.
Could an increase in cycling be to blame?
While nine separate junctions in the city saw a minimum of ten serious incidents occurring in a period between 2011 and 2013, it is thought that more cyclists on the roads have led to the increase in these figures. In essence, while the number of accidents has seemingly increased, so has the number of cyclists on the roads – and by a larger figure.
While some cyclists do not pay proper attention to road safety, some accidents are caused by drivers. Clearly, there is a need for us all to pay proper attention and obey the rules of the road in every case. Accident Advice Helpline have heard from cyclists who have been injured through no fault of their own and have gone on to claim compensation.
A total of 16 serious accidents involving cyclists occurred at the roundabout with Wadloes Road and Newmarket Road in just two years. A further 15 accidents happened near the junction with Mowbray Road and Cherry Hinton Road. A variety of other blackspots for Cambridge cycling accidents also came up in the figures, showing that some areas are more renowned for being the scenes of accidents than others.
Clearly, there is always a need to pay close attention and be respectful of other road users whenever you are out and about cycling, and not just in these areas. However, drivers of motor vehicles should also be careful and give cyclists a wide berth. Those who have been injured on their bikes should call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 in order to determine whether a no win no fee* claim could be possible in their case.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown