There is no doubt that the benefits are of cycling very significant and the number of cyclists continues to increase as a general form of public transport.
However, cyclists are some of the most vulnerable road users in the UK. In 2016 alone, 18,477 cyclists were injured in reported road accidents, with 3,499 of those killed or seriously injured.
Other RoSPA reports highlight that roundabouts and t-junctions are the places where most cyclist injuries occur. There are improvements being made in some areas with investment in cycle lanes, but this has not changed the attitude of many drivers or prevented the number of potholes increasing.
In addition, cyclists do not have the safety features a car driver has, such as bumpers, seatbelts and airbags, which often prevent serious injury to drivers and passengers. For cyclists, bike injury is a very real threat.
2% of all journeys made on UK roads are now made on bicycles and more than 2 million people across the country now cycle at least once a week, which is an all time high.
There are steps cyclists can take to reduce the risk of accidents, such as helmets and good lights, as well as keeping your bicycle well-maintained. You can also insure your cycle so that even if you do have an accident that was not the fault of someone else you will still be able to deal with the cycle damage.
However, what if you are involved in a cycle accident that was the fault of someone else?
At Specters, our cycle accident solicitors have been helping cyclists involved in accidents for more than 25 years, and many of our lawyers are themselves cyclists, meaning they understand your needs and specific requirements for pursuing a legal claim better than anyone.
We can arrange the repair and replacement of your cycle, as well as facilitating physical rehabilitation by connecting you with medical professionals who specialise in cycling collision injuries. With our head office based in the heart of Farringdon, we are particularly well placed to deal with cycling accidents that occur in London.
In some cases we are able to fund a cycle accident compensation claim on a 'No Win, No Fee' or Conditional Fee Agreement, meaning there would be no financial risk to you. Speak to our team to find out more.