Driving standards are to blame for cycling injuries says Bicycle Accident Lawyer
With the pressure on society to become greener and be more environmentally friendly, bicycles have naturally started to become a more popular mode of transport. With the increased cycle activity, there has been an increase in the number of cycling accidents. Driving standards are to blame say those who work as bicycle accident lawyers.
Figures from the Royal Society for the prevention of Accidents show that 19,000 cyclists were killed or injured in 2011. For a bicycle accident lawyer, this is simply too many and most cycle accident specialists want to see tougher measures to prevent accidents occurring.
Cyclists are some of the most vulnerable road users and yet, concern for their safety by other road users is often non-existent until it is too late and tragedy has beset the innocent cyclist. Over 3000 cyclists were seriously injured, 107 were sadly killed in 2011 and over 16000 cyclists received less serious injuries. All could have a claim for compensation using an expert bicycle accident lawyer. Many would of course not have been injured had vehicle drivers been better trained and more aware of other road users like bike riders.
How could driver training be improved?
- More awareness of the specific vulnerability of cyclists in the driving test.
- Longer times spent learning to drive before being allowed to take the driving test.
- More practice driving in different conditions for car drivers e.g. compulsory driving in wet conditions, icy conditions and driving in the dark.
There are other factors that could improve the safety of cyclists and that is in the urbanisation of city centres and building of cycle lanes that are designated for cyclists only.
Until safety standards are improved, the services of the bicycle accident lawyer will continue to be in demand. These specialists work with companies like Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) whose purpose it is to help individuals who have been victims of a cycling accident to claim compensation for their injuries.
Cyclists often receive serious head injuries that can have debilitating effects on the injured party. A bicycle accident lawyer will be aware that head injuries can have a lasting impact on cyclists and they often work with medical experts to fully assess the nature of the injury that a cyclist has received. Other injuries that cyclists are prone to are loss of limbs – again this is an area of law that requires intimate knowledge of the legal system. It might seem staggering to think that some insurers will try and get out of paying for these devastating injuries that cyclists have received but the harsh truth is they do. This is one reason that the sharp legal skills of a bicycle accident lawyer are a prerequisite in this type of compensation claim.
Thousands upon thousands of cyclists have sought out the skills of companies like AAH who can connect those who have been injured with one of their legal partners who, with one simple Freephone call to 0800 689 0500, can start the compensation claim process.