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The Near Miss Project has revealed that cyclists experience a near-miss cycling accident more than once a week.

The study, which looked at the experiences of 1,500 cyclists from around the UK found that the most hardened cyclists experience a "very scary incident" at least once a week, with the average rate of such incidents standing at sixty a year.

Rush-hour cyclists are the group most likely to be involved in a near-miss cycling accident, while women are slightly more likely than men to be involved in such an incident.

"Many of these incidents correspond to types of injury collision, so it looks like collecting near-miss data could help prevent injuries," commented Dr Rachel Aldred, cycling sociologist and lead author of the study.

Five types of incident made up for the majority of near-misses; these were being overtaken too closely, being blocked, having a vehicle pull across the cyclist's path, and being driven at.

In Scotland during 2014 there were 885 recorded cycling accident injuries in Scotland. Of the riders involved, 155 sustained serious personal injury and eight were killed.

If you have been involved in a cycling accident and would like to consider your right to compensation find out more with Thompsons, Scotland's leading personal injury solicitor firm.

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