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Often "invisible" to other road users, cyclists are extremely vulnerable in UK road accidents. The lack of protection that a bicycle offers means that any incident they are involved in is likely to result in injury.

Cycle accidents will typically involve collisions between cyclists and cars or HGVs. Plus, in Scotland's major cities, such as Edinburgh, there is also the risk of cyclists becoming caught in tram lines.

The risks cyclists face

Figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) show that in 2019, 100 pedal cyclists died in road traffic accidents. While this represents a 1% reduction from 2018, the overall number of pedal cyclists who have died in accidents on UK roads has not differed significantly since 2008. Pedal cyclist fatalities have remained within the same range in recent years, with 99 deaths in 2008 representing the lowest end of this range. The top end of the range occurred in 2012 when118 cyclists died in road accidents.

Sadly, the number of road users killed or seriously injured while riding their bikes has been gradually rising over the last 10 years – in 2009 the figure was 4,098, rising to 4,433 in 2019. Although the DfT suggests that this rise can be partially explained by the rising number of pedal cyclists on UK roads."

Serious injuries caused by cycle accidents include spinal injuries and head and brain injuries.

Calls for safer roads

The risk cyclists face on the roads has not gone unnoticed. When the 2012 statistics showed a sudden rise in deaths, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) issued a call for safer roads for cyclists, greater provision in cyclist training and better driver awareness. The government has also launched a THINK! cycle safety campaign.

Worryingly, RoSPA also said that approximately 11 percent of cyclist casualties are children, with 10 to 15-year-olds being the most at risk. It is, therefore, crucial that children are educated about how to stay safe on their bikes while cycling on or near roads.

Make a claim with Thompsons

If you or a loved one has been injured after being knocked off your bike in an incident that was not your fault, you might be entitled to compensation. We understand this is likely to be a very difficult time for you, especially if your injuries are severe. That's why we'll approach your case with sympathy and sensitivity, and you can rest assured we'll be dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve. You might also be able to make a claim if the accident was partially your fault (though if the other party is able to prove you were partially liable, the compensation will be reduced.)

Contact our No Win No Fee lawyers today on 0800 0891331. Our experienced specialist solicitors will investigate matters for you and provide you with straightforward, honest advice, letting you know what your options are and the best way forward.

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