If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, then it is possible that your case will involve you being in an accident as a cyclist. Cycling is a convenient and cheap way of travelling around cities like Manchester. The problem is that cars travel around Manchester as well, so there is a conflict of safety interests. In a collision between a car and a cyclist, the latter is likely to be more seriously hurt. If the car driver is at fault then the cyclist can start a road traffic accident compensation claim in Manchester.
In many cases this is started by making a call to a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline, which can provide the full range of legal support when making a road traffic accident compensation claim in Manchester. Research has shown that the most common vehicle to be involved in a collision with a cyclist is a car or taxi.
Road traffic accident compensation claim in Manchester – the facts
Here are the top 5 interesting facts about a road traffic accident compensation claim in Manchester involving bicycles.
- Around two thirds of cyclists who are killed or seriously injured have been involved in an accident at a junction. Of all city road intersections, T-junctions are the scene of most accidents involving cyclists. There are numerous such junctions in Manchester and the surrounding area and so there is the potential for many road traffic accident compensation claims in Manchester. Roundabouts are also a particularly dangerous location for cyclists.
- Certain times of the day are more hazardous for Manchester cyclists. Around 80 percent of cycling accidents take place during daylight – but this is merely a reflection of the fact that most cycle journeys take place during the day. Cycling accidents that happen at night are actually more likely to be fatal. Cycling accidents are most likely to occur during rush hour periods and this may be explained by the fact that there are more cyclists out and about at this time – and of course there are more cars on the road. The fact that everybody is hurrying to get to and from work probably adds to the risk.
- More accidents occur in the summer months as the season is a popular one for cycling. However, if the rate of accidents per number of cycle journeys is calculated, then the winter months are more risky.
- Accidents are often caused by a motorist turning across the path of a cyclist. Lorries and buses pose a particular danger to them. Many accidents occur when a heavy goods vehicle is turning left at a junction or passes too close to a cyclist.
- Cyclists are commonly hit by the front of a vehicle. Injuries to arms and legs are the most common type. Chest and abdominal injuries are less common but are naturally more serious. Head injuries are very common and account for many of the serious and fatal injuries. Wearing a protective helmet is not only essential – many believe it should be the law for UK cyclists.
Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today
If you have been hurt in a cycling accident that was not your fault, then we can offer you expert help when making a road traffic accident compensation claim in Manchester. To get in touch with us simply dial 0800 689 0500 from landlines or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.