Calderdale in West Yorkshire has become a hotspot for serious cycling accidents in the past couple of years. This is according to recent information gleaned from a Freedom of Information request.
It is believed that the recent presence of the Tour de France in the area has made a lot more people eager to get out on their bicycles. While this is good for health and fitness it has also led to a serious rise in accidents for cyclists. Serious cycling accidents are those where someone has either received serious injuries or has lost their life on the roads.
There has also been a rise in the number of less serious accidents that have occurred to people cycling in Calderdale. This has seen an increase of 8% over the previous year, while overall there have been 10% more injuries than previously seen. The statistics do hide other trends which can be seen more clearly when delving into the figures in more detail. For example junctions appear to be the most hazardous places for cyclists, since this is where many incidents take place. Furthermore men are more likely to be involved in accidents than women.
How serious can a cycling accident be?
As we have seen from the figures above, serious cycling accidents can and do take place. This is not unique to this part of West Yorkshire either. A cyclist does not need to be going very fast to be involved in a nasty accident. Many experts are encouraging drivers to become more alert of what is going on around them, and to be more aware of where cyclists are on the roads and how they react to their surroundings.
If everyone was more alert it could save lives and prevent more injuries from occurring on a regular basis.
Have you been involved in a cycling accident?
Cyclists generally come off worst in accidents involving vehicles. If you have been hurt or your bike has been damaged, you may have cause to bring a no win, no fee* claim against the driver or people involved. It is imperative that you get professional injury compensation lawyers to assess your case so you can determine where you stand. Call AAH now on our free 24/7 enquiry line for more information, advice and the support you need. We could be able to launch a case for you in court.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown