The latest statistics from Lancashire Police have revealed the risks to cyclists on the county’s roads. Cycling accidents in Lancashire led to 105 cyclists being seriously injured or killed last year. With almost 200,000 people in Lancashire taking to their bikes, the figures may seem small, but there are daily threats to those cycling on the county’s roads. Cycling accidents in Lancashire accounted for 356 slight injuries and 103 serious injuries last year, with two fatal accidents.
Cycling charity CTC has urged the county council to put in place more measures to protect cyclists against accidents. Lancashire County Council has already revealed their £1 million plan to slash accidents across the county and they will be tackling accident black spots, making cyclists their priority.
Police in the county have backed the council and agreed that cycle safety is high on their agenda. A spokesman for the police commented, “There have been a number of recent campaigns focusing on road safety across Lancashire, one of which was a campaign targeted at motorists and cyclists to raise awareness of each other’s presence on the roads.”
Injuries sustained in cycle accidents
Injuries resulting from cycle accidents can be much more serious than those sustained in a car crash, as the cyclist has little to no protection from the other vehicle. For those who are cycling without appropriate safety gear, such as helmets, serious injury or even death could occur. Whether you are lucky enough to have escaped a crash with minor injuries or have been seriously hurt in a cycle accident, through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries, if it can be proven that somebody else is to blame for your accident. Just remember that there’s usually a three year time limit in place to make a claim, so it’s a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today
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Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown