If you cycle regularly, it is worth taking a look at the latest cycling safety statistics to see how safe you are out and about on your bike. Every year, the UK sees approximately 19,000 cyclists involved in accidents on the roads – and these are only the ones that are reported to the police. In some cases, cyclists can be injured and taken to hospital and these incidents are not included in the overall figures.
Less than 20% of those involved in cycling accidents are children. Six children were killed in 2013 while 103 adults lost their lives during the same period. A total of 3,143 people received serious injuries in cycling crashes, of which 2,867 were adults. In addition to this, a further 16,186 people received slight injuries following a cycling accident. A total of 14,510 of these cases involved adults and the remaining 1,676 were children.
According to official information and cycling safety statistics, injuries have been increasing in recent times. It is believed this is due to more people getting out and about on their bikes. Around 80% of those who are injured or killed are male. Urban areas are by far the most dangerous areas to cycle in, an obvious fact when you think about it.
How dangerous is cycling?
We can see that some people are involved in accidents each year that involve minor or major injuries, while a few unfortunately lose their lives. In many ways, you can make the pastime safer by making sure you wear bright clothing and paying attention to your surroundings. No one sets out to be injured while riding their bike, but the cycling safety statistics show that injuries can and do occur on an annual basis. However, thousands upon thousands of people take to their bikes every year and are not injured in the process.
Could Accident Advice Helpline help you claim compensation?
Every year, we help people from all walks of life launch ‘no win, no fee’* claims for a variety of different reasons. We may be able to help you as well if you have been injured in a cycling accident and it was not your fault. Contact us today by calling our free enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to speak to one of our friendly and well-trained team members. Our professional injury compensation lawyers are ready to assess your case to determine whether you can indeed claim.
Date Published: September 12, 2014
Author: David Brown