Every year, many cyclists are injured or even killed in accidents up and down the country. The figures for 2013 reveal that 109 cyclists died that year – 103 adults and six children. In addition, 3,143 serious accidents involving cyclists were recorded where the cyclists were seriously injured. A total of 16,186 cyclists received slight injuries in accidents that year.
These are sobering figures indeed. Serious accidents involving cyclists crop up in the news from time to time. There are cases where people have been injured in major cities, sometimes in collision with a bus, HGV or other large vehicle, but these accidents can occur anywhere. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have a history of helping injured cyclists over the last 15 years, so we know how diverse the accidents can be.
Cycling is becoming more popular
As many people look to become healthier and get away from using the car all the time, cycling has become more popular in recent times. This has prompted an increase in the statistics for serious accidents involving cyclists, as well as less serious ones. However, it would seem that the ratio of accidents to cyclists is not as bad as the figures suggest.
With that said, one accident is one too many, especially when many can be prevented. Drivers should be more alert, since many accidents are found to be the driver’s fault through not paying proper attention. This was found to be true in research provided by the City of Westminster Council. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we also know of accidents where the driver has been negligent.
Can other reasons cause cycling accidents?
Indeed they can. While potholes can be potentially hazardous for car drivers, they can be even more so for cyclists. If the front wheel of a bicycle hits a pothole, it may cause the cyclist to be thrown over the handlebars, potentially causing some nasty injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline have handled many cases over the last 15 years plus. Regardless of the cause, if we find that there is good evidence of negligence, we can put you in contact with a professional injury compensation lawyer to assist with the process of making a no win no fee claim. So, why not call us on 0800 689 0500 now to find out more?
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown