An analysis of data compiled during 2013 relating to deaths and injury on Kent’s roads has revealed that Sevenoaks is Kent’s cycle casualty capital.
The road crash statistics showed 49 people were involved in cycle accidents including 13 who were seriously injured or killed. Last year, Sevenoaks became a more dangerous place for cyclists, with road crash statistics from 2012 revealing that only 14 people were involved in collisions, including four who were seriously injured or killed.
Nobody seems to know why the figures have risen, and John Morrison of the Sevenoaks Cycle Forum commented, “Overall the figures don’t look good. It could simply be more people are cycling in Sevenoaks or that cycling infrastructure here is woefully inadequate.” The county saw cycle collision figures drop in 2012 but rise by 106 last year.
Other parts of Kent saw higher figures when it came to road collisions. Tonbridge and Malling may only have had 37 bike casualties in 2013, but two people aged 65 to 99 were killed and 10 people were seriously injured in road collisions, the highest number in the county.
Protect yourself from cycle accident injury
There are steps you can take to protect yourself from injury. Always wear a cycle helmet and protective clothing, which could help prevent serious injury in the event of a collision. You should also ensure your bike is well-maintained and has the proper equipment for cycling at night, such as lights. Accidents can still happen to anyone, so be aware of your surroundings and remember that just because you can see a motorist, doesn’t mean they have spotted you – so be cautious. If you’re involved in an accident that’s someone else’s fault, you could make a claim for compensation.
Claiming compensation for road traffic accidents
We know the last thing you need after an accident is additional stress, so contact Accident Advice Helpline today. We can tell you straight away whether you’re able to make a claim, and we’re here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice. If you decide to go ahead, our 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ service ensures you don’t have to pay a penny upfront, and we’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
We come highly recommended by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen. With 14 years’ experience in the industry, you can rely on us to handle your claim efficiently and professionally, from start to finish. So get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you – it’s free to call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown