Kent has been pushed down the road safety league tables after a series of cycling casualties on the area’s roads last year. According to the figures from the Department of Transport, there was a rise by 38% in cycling casualties in 2013 when compared to the average figures between 2005 and 2009. Only Surrey scored worse than Kent with a 50% rise in casualties in a league table of English counties in the South. The list was compiled by Sevenoaks Cycle Forum and recorded 436 casualties on Kent’s road last year alone, when compared to 315 between 2005 and 2009. During 2013, 82 casualties were seriously injured or killed in an accident. During the year, there was a 13% rise in those killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents overall, marking a low point for road safety in the county.
John Morrison of Sevenoaks Cycle Forum has stated that figures can be misleading year on year due to changes in weather conditions and other circumstances but the overall data does suggest that Kent has to do more to focus on cycle safety. He also states that motorists’ journey times have been the focus of policy but speeding is not being addressed. Vulnerable road users have suffered the worst injuries according to reports whereas passengers suffer fewer injuries due to better vehicle technology. Other counties have managed to cut the number of cyclist injuries in half or reduce the numbers.
Risks to vulnerable road users
Cycling casualties are a high risk as cyclists are among the more vulnerable of road users. Cyclists and pedestrians are more likely to be seriously injured or killed in road traffic accidents which means that road safety among all road users should be a priority to prevent accidents. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and someone else has shown negligence on the road, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Whether the other driver was speeding, driving while under the influence of drink or drugs or they were simply not paying attention to the road, you may be entitled to a cash payout to help you cope with your injuries.
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Accident Advice Helpline encourages all victims of accidents that were the fault of someone else to claim the compensation they deserve for their suffering. If you need guidance with your case, we can provide this and, if you choose to pursue your case, we can help you through it. We will represent you at all stages of your claim and can help you to hold the persons’ liable for their carelessness and for putting your safety at risk.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown