The recent spate of cyclist deaths in London has brought national attention to the issue of road safety for bike users.
Last month, figures released by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) revealed that over 19,000 cyclists were killed or injured in the UK last year.
In total, 118 deaths were reported, 13 of them children, while there were over 3,000 serious injuries. Another 15,750 bicycle accident victims were classed as ‘slightly injured’.
Common causes of bicycle accidents
RoSPA’s statistics also revealed the cause of accidents involving collisions between cyclist and vehicle. Failure to look properly was by far the most common cause, with 57% of serious accidents where the driver was at fault attributed to this.
Other causes of serious accidents where the driver was at fault include poor turning or manoeuvring (17%) or recklessness (17%), while it was also found that these collisions are more likely to result in serious injuries for the cyclist when a driver is over the legal alcohol limit, speeding or has failed to adjust their driving to accommodate adverse road conditions.
Conversely, cyclists were found to be at fault in 43% of serious collisions at junctions. Entering the road from the pavement was the second most common error made by cyclists, accounting for 20% of serious collisions.
While recently the focus has been on cyclist accidents in the busy city, in fact the number of fatalities is roughly equal between urban and rural roads.
How solicitors can help bicycle accident victims
If you are injured in a cycling accident where the driver of another vehicle was at fault, Croftons Solicitors can assist you in securing compensation for your injuries.
Our primary concern is your well being, so we will ensure all your medical needs are met and that you can concentrate on your rehabilitation while we deal with your case. Any medical costs will be factored into your compensation amount.
You can make a compensation claim for up to three years after your accident, after which you will no longer be eligible for compensation. Family members of fatal accident victims may claim on their behalf up to three years from the date of death.
If you would like assistance with a bicycle accident claim, call Croftons Solicitors free on 0800 2800 094.