Can the number of cycle accident claims be reduced as urbanisation increases?
With more and more urbanisation of societies can there truly be a reduction in cycle accidents and as a result, a reduction in cycle accident claims? The answer to this question probably lies with the Dutch and Danish who have revolutionised their whole approach to the urbanisation process. Whilst the Mayor of London encourages everyone to get on their bikes, there needs to be a radical change in the way cycling is approached if the number of cycle accidents is to be reduced.
Cycle accidents are simply a part of urban life for many metropolis dwellers, which have seen a massive increase in cycle accident claims. When looking to expand urbanisation, bikes are a primary consideration in the equation. The converse is true in the UK where the sensitive balance usually falls in favour of the motorised vehicle. Cyclists will therefore continue to be the victims of accidents at the hands of car, van and lorry drivers.
Cyclists fighting back
Cyclists are usually much berated by other drivers on the road and some might say unfairly; especially with the disparity between the size, power and vulnerability of the cyclist, compared to that of the cars, vans and lorries they are pitched against.
Most vehicle drivers are happy to lay blame on the cyclist and they will vehemently defend their position, often mocking the cyclist who dares to say they are in the right. The rise in cycle accident claims is giving a clear picture to other road users that cyclists are willing to fight back.
Claim experts at Accident Advice Helpline
In the past, cyclists have probably thought that their chances of winning any form of compensation against the mighty car driver were remote, but there has been a change in fortunes. With the help of specialist law firms like Accident Advice Helpline, the plight of the vulnerable cyclist is being championed. Cyclists are winning cases and are claiming for injuries sustained and repair and replacement of damaged bikes. It is important that cyclists do claim what is rightfully theirs; why?
Unless cyclists start to stand up to the might of motorised transport, there will never be the motivation of councils and local government to bring change about. Dreams of cycling in a relatively safe environment will remain a pipe-dream and urbanised areas where the car and bike live in harmony will never become a reality.
To chat to Accident Advice Helpline about your cycle accident claims, dial 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.
Date Published: 17th October 2012
Author: David Brown