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Freeclaim Solicitors: Government Offers Tips to Cyclists for Staying Safe on the Roads

A report released by the Department for Transport in 2012 found that there was a 10 per cent increase in fatalities involving cyclists in 2012, as well as a four per cent rise in serious injuries.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE

The Government has released a number of tips for both cyclists and drivers to help reduce the number of accidents occurring on Britain’s roads.

A report released by the Department for Transport in 2012 found that there was a 10 per cent increase in fatalities involving cyclists in 2012, as well as a four per cent rise in serious injuries. This goes against the 2012 trend of a decrease in casualties in road accidents involving other forms of transport.

The most damning statistic from the 2012 report was that cyclists are 30 times more likely to be seriously injured in a road accident than car occupants, with many receiving serious head and spinal injuries.

As a result, the Government-backed “Think! Cyclist” campaign, working in partnership with Transport for London, has released a number of tips for both cyclists and drivers to help reduce the number of accidents occurring on Britain’s roads, including:

  • Drivers should look out for cyclists before opening their doors to get out of their cars.
  • Additionally, cyclists should ride at least a car door’s width away from parked cars, in order to avoid colliding with an open car door.
  • Drivers should look out for cyclists at junctions; check for cyclists before turning out of a junction, and always check your blind spot before turning right.
  • Cyclists should ride centrally on narrow roads; riding towards the side might encourage reckless drivers to try and overtake.  

Freeclaim Solicitors have been handling serious compensation claims for cyclists involved in road accidents for over 25 years. Recommended by the Legal 500, Freeclaim Solicitors have a track record of success in high value claims.

They have an expert team of serious injury lawyers, who are ready and waiting to support you through every aspect of your compensation case, from lodging the initial claim, to fighting for initial payouts to help cover medical and rehabilitation costs.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a cyclist in a road accident, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Get in touch with Freeclaim Solicitors today to speak to a specialist solicitor. To find out more, visit the Freeclaim Solicitors website at http://www.freeclaim.co.uk/


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