The current investment in cycling safety must rise from £2 per head to £10 per head by the year 2020 according to the Transport Select Committee. The committee have suggested that the extra funding will go towards make roads more cycle-friendly and will help increase the awareness of road safety for cyclists in particular. The committee state that cyclists face dangers on the road every day due to dangerous drivers, a lack of cycling infrastructure and poorly designed junctions. As a result, 109 cyclists were killed on the roads in 2013 and an excess of 3,000 were seriously injured.
The extra spending will help make roads safer for cyclists and encourage more people to walk or cycle as an alternative to driving. The funding may also help local authorities to introduce a 20mph speed limit in areas where accidents are prevalent say the committee. It is also suggested that industries which use large vehicles should also work to improve their road safety record as many cyclists could suffer fatality if involved in an accident with a truck or haulage vehicle. The Transport Committee are encouraging the government to introduce a culture of road safety to help prevent accidents and to promote safety among all road users.
Cyclist safety and high-risk road users
The investment in cycling safety may help to educate drivers on the vulnerability of certain road users. Pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists are among the most vulnerable road users and face a higher risk of injury or death on the roads if safety rules are not followed. Promotion of road safety among all users can help drivers, pedestrians and cyclists work together to prevent road accidents and to reduce the risk of serious injury. In some cases, road traffic accidents occur because someone has been less than careful. If you have been involved in an accident that was the fault of someone else, you may be able to file a compensation claim.
Accident Advice Helpline can represent you if you wish to make a compensation claim for a road traffic accident that was someone else’s fault. Just contact us via our website or pick up the phone and dial our free 24-hour phone line on 0800 689 0500 to speak to an expert and receive no-obligation advice regarding your case. If you have suffered an injury such as whiplash or broken bones, we can help you claim the compensation you deserve should someone else be responsible for an accident on the road.