Fears have been raised surrounding cycling safety in Belfast after a woman was hit by a car during rush hour in the city. The incident took place on Stewart Street, near to East Bridge Street in the city and resulted in a woman being taken to hospital after being hit by the car. The woman, in her 40s, is in stable condition but concerns have been raised about safety for cyclists, particularly around busy periods. The number of people choosing to cycle is on the increase but two cyclists have tragically died in accidents on Northern Ireland’s roads this year. One man, a father of two, was killed outside Newry sparking concerns for road safety. Former Lord Mayor Tom Hartley said that cycling was dangerous in Belfast with bad conditions for those who choose to ride a bike on the roads. Experts have stated that a combination of improvements in road safety awareness and changes to the infrastructure are needed but they may not be implemented straight away.
The investment to cycling infrastructure requires more people cycling in the city according to Jonathan Hobbs of Northern Ireland Greenways. Cyclists made up 5% of fatalities over 2012 and 2013 and the number of police recorded cycling traffic casualties across Northern Ireland from January to July of this year was 57 higher than last year. The Department of the Environment has since launched a new safety campaign focussed on the vulnerability of cyclists.
Cyclists are vulnerable road users
Cycling safety and changes to road infrastructure is becoming increasingly important due to the large number of people opting to cycle instead of drive. However, cyclists are still among the most vulnerable road users which has sparked concern over the resources available to cyclists. There are many drivers and road users who respect cyclists, but there are still many who do not and could cause a serious accident. If you have been hit by a reckless driver while riding on a bicycle, you could be entitled to compensation if you have suffered injuries.
How to get help with compensation
Accident Advice Helpline specialises in personal injury claims so, if you have been hit while riding your bike and someone else was negligent, you may be entitled to a cash payout. Whether you have suffered injury or trauma, we can help you claim the compensation you deserve. Our no win, no fee* policy ensures that you get our services at no upfront cost to you so give us a call to discuss your case.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown