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Cycle Safety: How Likely Are You To Have A Bike Accident?

Over recent years, cycling has become a more popular mode of transportation in this country.

More than 3.5 million bicycles were sold in the UK in 2007, a significant increase on the 2.8 million sold in the year 2000. As a result, the cycle lane network in the UK is constantly expanding to meet the demand and now covers more than 12,000 miles.

With the average cost of purchasing a bike substantially lower than that of a car, and the average cost of maintaining it being just £75, it’s easy to understand why cycling has become so popular. But how likely are you to have a bike accident?

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), 16,000 cyclists are killed or injured in reported bike accidents on UK roads every year.

In 2007 alone, 13,361 cyclists were slightly injured, 2,428 were seriously injured and 136 died as a result of a bike accident.

These statistics show only those bike accidents that were reported. Many other less serious accidents, especially those involving children, are not reported. RoSPA estimates that between 60% of all bike accidents go unreported, especially when it is a bicycle-only accident with no third-party involvement.

According To The Statistics

Around a quarter of the cyclists killed or injured in bikes accident are children. The number of bike accidents in each year group increases as children grow older, usually peaking at around 16 years. This reflects increased cycling when children attend secondary school and may also indicate riskier behaviour in this age group.

  • pic_1675% of all bike accidents on roads occur at or near road junctions. These are the most hazardous areas of the road for cyclists. T-junctions are the most common place for a bike accident with another vehicle. Roundabouts can also be very dangerous junctions for cyclists.
  • 90% of bike accidents occur in urban areas. This is because most cycling takes place on busy roads in towns and cities.
  • 80% of bike accidents occur during daylight. The most dangerous time for a cyclist to be on the road is during rush hour, between the hours of 8am and 9am and 3pm to 6pm on weekdays. Unfortunately, this is the time of day when most commuter cycling takes place. More bike accidents occur during the spring and summer months, when the fair weather encourages commuters and holiday cyclists take to the roads. However, the casualty rate in terms of miles traveled is higher in the autumn and winter months, probably due to bad weather and poor visibility in these months.
  • Approximately 75% of fatalities in bike accidents are due to major head injuries. This is why a safety helmet is always advised, although it is not currently compulsory in the UK.

While cycling can be dangerous if the necessary safety guidelines and the law are not followed, there are more casualties and fatalities on the roads caused by other modes of transportation. The table below shows the types of transport, along with the number of fatalities and serious injuries caused by accidents on UK roads in 2006.

Road User Type Number Killed Number Seriously Injured
Pedestrians 675 6404
Pedal cyclists 146 2296
Motorcyclists and passengers 559 5885
Car drivers and passengers 1612 12642
Bus/coach drivers and passengers 19 407
LGV drivers and passengers 52 511
HGV drivers and passengers 39 344

pic_17Cyclists who have been injured while riding on the road can make a claim for bike accident compensation against the person who was at fault. Even if they were partly at fault, it may be possible to make a claim, although the amount of the award may be reduced accordingly.

The specialist lawyers at Macks Solicitors are happy to give expert legal advice on all aspects of claiming bike accident compensation.

Speaking to one of Macks expert personal injury lawyers couldn’t be easier. Simply call freephone 0800 980 9385 or complete the simple online claim form. Either way, you will be put in touch with a solicitor who will be happy to discuss your bike accident with you and give you advice in clear and simple terms and without any obligation.

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