Cyclists will be alarmed to discover that cycling casualties are on the increase according to the latest figures. The Department of Transport has revealed an increase of 27% year-on-year between January and March. This relates to the number of cyclists who have been killed or seriously injured.
Sustrans has pointed out that the government should plough more cash into making sure cyclists have safer ways to get from A to B on our roads. More dedicated investment in this area should encourage more people to get cycling. Many parents believe their children are safer going to school by car than by cycling or walking. Statistics like these do not help make sure more people get out and about and cycle instead of using the car.
Child casualties also saw a significant jump in the same period. Those seriously injured or killed went up by 17%. While the government supports safer roads Sustrans is hoping these figures will spur the government into greater action. Transforming the routes available for cyclists and walkers will help encourage more people to leave the car at home and cycle or walk to work or school instead.
How dangerous is cycling?
There is the potential for accidents to happen, of course. The cyclist can reduce the odds of becoming a statistic by riding defensively, taking lessons on how to stay safe and ride on the roads and also by dressing in bright clothing. However the more cycle routes exist and the safer the roads are made for cyclists, the less chance there is of anything happening to a particular individual. Being pro-active can help to reduce the statistics and ensure fewer lives are lost on the roads. Cycling can be very healthy for us if we know how to do it.
Have you been a victim of a cycling accident?
If you have and you think it was someone else’s fault, the best thing to do is to contact Accident Advice Helpline now. Our free 24/7 enquiry line is always open and our well-trained team is always here to pick up the phone. Talk to us today and benefit from our no-obligation advice. We can help assess whether you have the opportunity to take a no win, no fee* claim before the courts with the potential to win compensation for your accident, if it occurred within the last three years.
Source: The Guardian
Date Published: September 12, 2014
Author: David Brown