The borough of Tower Hamlets is in the traditional “East End” of the capital with an estimated population of around 260,000 people. As with most areas of London, it’s particularly congested on the roads and this brings its own series of challenges, risks and, unfortunately road accident claims in Tower Hamlets.
London is famous for its Underground tube network, but that’s partly because of how bad the city is to drive and ride around. Many opt against taking their car or bike into London because they know that they’re likely to spend time sat in traffic or negotiating the cycle lanes which aren’t always as well respected by motorists as they should be.
Cycling to work has become increasingly popular with people looking to get fit and healthy, and also with people aware of how much quicker – and cheaper – it makes the daily commute. Local safety initiatives have tried to make cycling around the capital much safer, yet hundreds of cyclists are injured on the roads around London each year.
In fact, a significant number of the road accident claims in Tower Hamlets come from injured cyclists. They feel that they were knocked off their bikes by other road users and the injuries that they sustained in the accident were unavoidable.
Beware of cyclists
More and more cyclists have taken to wearing their helmets, high visibility clothing and sticking to the dedicated cycle lanes; yet they’re still not bringing the numbers of injured cyclists down.
Drivers claim that cyclists are much more difficult to spot and that they ride up the side of their high-sided vehicles while queuing in traffic. The arguments about who is at fault will always rumble on, but when a cyclist is injured in an accident it is usually particularly serious because of their comparative lack of protection despite the helmets, gloves and high-visibility clothing.
The local, and national, governments have pleaded with motorists to look an extra time for cyclists because of their reduced visibility and many road users – in their defence – do look closely for cyclists, especially in the busy city centre areas.
How cyclists can make road accident claims in Tower Hamlets
For those who have already been hurt by motorists while riding in the capital, these initiatives and propositions are too late, the damage is already done. If you’re a cyclist that has been injured on the roads in the last three years, then you may be eligible to make a compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
We’ve been helping innocent victims of a range of accidents from road traffic accidents to workplace injuries since 2000 and we’ve built up a team of experienced personal injury lawyers who are on hand to help you with your no-win, no-fee* claim.
You can find out if you’re eligible to put in a claim by taking the 30-second test on our website, or by calling 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone), and speaking with one of our friendly team.
Date Published: 28th June 2015
Author: Emma Matthews