According to a report by Road Safety Great Britain, a third of all bike accidents in the North East of the UK occur in the summer months indicating that there is a need for more road safety awareness. As a result, Road Safety GB has urged all cyclists to stay aware of the dangers when on the road and to keep safe by wearing helmets and other safety equipment. The cyclist accident statistics show that there were 2,971 cyclists injured on the roads in the North East between 2009 and 2013. Of those injured, 467 were seriously injured and 29 were killed indicating that more vigilance must be taken to ensure the safety of cyclists.
As the Tour de France often encourages cyclists to take to the roads, it is thought that the number of accidents increase significantly during this time as a result. The responsibility for safety on the road should be shared between cyclists and other drivers to ensure that accidents are prevented according to Road Safety GB. Figures also show that other vehicles have taken part of the blame for 50% of cyclist accidents in the North.
How to avoid an accident on the road
As cyclist accident statistics show that a number of accidents occur due to other drivers, every road user should be aware of cyclists when driving. This means keeping to the speed limit and ensuring that cyclist lanes are kept clear. Cyclists must have responsibility for their own safety which means wearing protective equipment such as a helmet and sticking to the Highway Code.
Many road accidents can easily be prevented with basic awareness of safety but not everyone is as vigilant as they should be. If you are a cyclist who has been injured on the road and someone else was at fault, you may be able to make a compensation claim against the person responsible.
Starting your road traffic compensation claim
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which helps victims of accident or injury to claim compensation when someone else was at fault. This means that, where there is evidence of negligence on the road, you may be able to win a payout to help you cope financially with your injury. Contacting us is easy; just dial our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to a solicitor regarding your accident. We offer no-obligation advice to everyone who calls and we operate under a strict no win, no fee* policy meaning you have nothing to pay upfront to make a claim.
Source: Road Safety GB
Date Published: July 22, 2014
Author: David Brown