Road Accident Injury Figures are Dropping but not for one sector of road users
Generally road accident injury figures are showing a drop in numbers of those killed or seriously injured on the roads. However one group of road users are still being injured at an alarming rate and the numbers of them being seriously injured or hurt is increasing. They are of course the cyclist; this increase in road accident injury figures continues to be the subject of concern.
Cyclists continue to be some of the most vulnerable road users. Recent figures have shown that the numbers of cyclists injured is actually increasing substantially and that despite numerous campaigns by road safety experts head injuries are increasing. Of those cyclists seriously injured or who receive fatal injuries 90% were not wearing a cycle helmet making the head injury the most common serious or fatal road accident injury.
Specialist lawyers acting on behalf of road accident injury victims say that cyclists should at least try and ensure that they have done everything to protect themselves from injury as this improves their chances of a successful compensation claim. It must however be stressed that although a cyclist may not have been wearing a helmet when they are injured this does not exclude them in any manner shape or form to apply for and receive compensation.
The law around road accident injury claims is complex and requires very unique knowledge of the law. Companies like Accident Advice Helpline are a company specialising in connecting victims with lawyers who have devoted their lives to gaining knowledge in the discipline of accident compensation law, combined with the specialist knowledge of head injuries and all it entails. The general consensus is that serious head injuries need the skills of niche lawyers who are able to both interpret the law and the findings of medical professionals.
How can these traumatic events be prevented? Road safety experts say that if it was made law to wear a cycle helmet then the number of serious injuries and fatalities to cyclists would radically drop. Often citing the compulsory wearing of seatbelts as a lifesaving piece of legislation it is widely expected that if crash helmets were made compulsory similar results would be seen amongst the cycling community.
Until such measures are taken to change the law it has to be accepted that the road accident injury and ensuing injuries will remain a part of road user’s life. That being the case there will always be the need for companies like Accident Advice helpline and the partner firms they work with to provide the expert advice for accident victims.
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Date Published: 21st January 2013
Author: David Brown