Cyclists tend to get an unwarranted bad press when it comes to road accidents – and politicians don’t help matters either. Even London Mayor, Boris Johnson had to do a public about-face after he’d said that in about two-thirds (62 per cent) of accidents in the capital where a cyclist was killed or seriously injured it was found that the rider had been breaking the law.
Johnson, perhaps surprisingly, is a keen cyclist himself but cycling groups were up in arms about his statement. It transpired he had been repeating some hearsay he’d been told at a public meeting. He was forced to make a withdrawal of the claim when lobby group Transport for London waded in with some proper accident statistics about the city’s cyclists. Their figures showed that in accidents where a cyclist was killed or badly hurt, he or she was presumed to have committed an offence in just 6 per cent of cases. The vehicle driver was deemed responsible 56 per cent of the time while in 39 per cent of cases, just who was to blame was unclear.
Britain is forecast to see a new cycling craze following its success in 2012 in the Tour de France, the Olympics, Paralympics as well as the Tour of Britain. The activity of course has obvious benefits – cheap mobility, environment friendly, and cycling’s good for your health. But many worry about cycling due to the hazards riders face on busy, traffic-laden roads in towns and cities.
Accident Advice Helpline is aware, from accident statistics published by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), that every year in this country around 19,000 cyclists are killed or injured in reported road accidents, including around 3,000 who are killed or seriously injured.
If you’ve been hurt in a cycling accident – or any other personal injury incident for that matter – which was not your fault, you can call Accident Advice Helpline’s free-phone number to make a claim for compensation. Our half-minute test on the phone establishes three important things in the main: that you received some kind of medical treatment for your injury, that the accident took place within the past 3 years and that you were blameless in what transpired.
We have no-win, no-fee solicitors ready to take on your claim and get you the best compensation award possible for your type of injury. With collisions between bikes and another vehicle, the main contributory factor recorded by the police in their accident statistics is failing to look properly. Poor observation, particularly at road junctions, has been attributed to the car driver in over half of serious collisions.
From accident statistics on our roads, it is identified that the most common injuries suffered by cyclists are:
- Head – ranging from fractured skulls and brain damage to concussion and cuts.
- Limbs – mainly injuries to the arm but also to the legs.
- Chest and abdomen – rib fractures and bruises.
- Hands and wrists – cuts, broken bones and fractures, flesh wounds.
- Shoulder fractures.
- Abrasions on the body or ‘road rash’ as its known, caused by friction with road surface.
- Facial injuries.
- Psychological problems following the accident.
If any of these have affected you, call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.