An increase in the number of charity bike rides taking place in the UK has led to fresh warnings being issued to motorists and cyclists from safety campaigners. The John O’ Groats to Land’s End ride is one of the most popular charity bike rides in the country, with 800 cyclists arriving in John O’ Groats on 14th September 2014 at the end of a 1,000 mile journey. The ride raised around £100,000 for charity. This is considered one of the UK’s most dangerous routes, with at least one cyclist death recorded every year.
Last week, Anna Roots, a 34-year-old elite rower who once represented England, was killed whilst cycling on the A836 at Bettyhill in Sutherland. She was participating in a 12 day cycle ride to raise money for leukaemia and lymphoma research. Sandy Allan, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ road safety manager, commented, “Any cyclist undertaking a charity ride often puts more thought and preparation into their journey than most of us would on a normal commute to work. Unfortunately, they are no less susceptible to being injured if involved in a collision.”
Cycle accident injuries on the rise
The number of cyclists on Britain’s roads is rising – so too are the number of accidents. In 2014, this figure rose by 7%. In 2013, around 19,000 cyclists were killed or injured in road accidents – this includes around 3,000 who were seriously injured or killed. Whilst steps to improve cycle safety can only help to reduce the number of casualties, there will still be the potential for accidents to occur. Often, careless or distracted drivers cause accidents by failing to look out for cyclists. If this has happened to you and you have been left injured as a result, you could claim personal injury compensation.
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If somebody else is to blame for your accident, we believe you deserve to be compensated. Perhaps you have spent months in hospital recovering for your injuries, or needed a few weeks off work, leading to loss of earnings? Accident Advice Helpline will take all of these factors into account when handling your claim, so the amount of compensation you receive will be reflective of your individual situation. It’s easy to see how much you could claim – take the 30-second test on our website right now. Or call our freephone helpline for confidential advice; we’re open 24/7.