Freeclaim Solicitors highlight the dangers of cyclist accidents

Due to the vulnerable nature of cyclists, both riders and drivers should take more care on our roads. Accidents can often lead to serious injuries or even death.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE – Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cyclist accidents in the UK are on the rise. Every year around 19,000 accidents involving cyclists are reported to police.

Cyclist accidents in the UK are on the rise. Every year around 19,000 accidents involving cyclists are reported to police. In 2012, 118 cyclists were killed as a result of accidents on our roads. Over 3,000 sustained serious injuries as a result of an accident.
 
Most accidents reported to police were between cars or taxis and cyclists. These accidents usually involved the front of the vehicles hitting the rear tyre of the cyclists. A common reason for these accidents is that both riders and drivers don’t look properly before moving off at junction and roundabouts. Around 75% of accidents reported were around or near junctions. It has also been found that around 57% of the time these accidents are due to drivers not looking properly.
 
There are also a high number of fatal accidents reported between cyclists and heavy goods vehicles. In London, around 20% of fatal cycling accidents are attributed to HGVs. A common cause for these accidents is vehicles driving too closely to cyclists on the road. After an increase in cycling fatalities recently, Boris Johnson has announced plans to ban lorries in London that are considered “unsafe”.  Lorries will need to have extra mirrors and side-guards to help prevent cyclists getting dragged under the wheels. It is thought the ban may come in as soon as September 2014.
 
Injuries sustained in cyclist accidents can cover many areas of the body and can differ massively in severity. Over 40% of victims suffer injuries to one, or both of their arms and around 25% to their legs. Head injuries make up a large percentage of injuries sustained by cyclists. Over half of cyclists involved in an accident sustain moderate or serious head injuries.
 
Due to the vulnerable nature of cyclists, both riders and drivers should take more care on our roads. Accidents can often lead to serious injuries or even death.
 
Freeclaim Solicitors deal with many cycling accident claims. They have specialist road traffic accident solicitors who have the expertise to help. If you have sustained injury due to an accident you have had whilst out cycling, find out more about claiming compensation by visiting http://www.freeclaim.co.uk or call 24 hours a day on 0800 612 7340.


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