Why are you a Vulnerable Road User as a Cyclist?
The spirit of cycling is to enjoy a form of transport that’s eco-friendly, healthy and inexpensive. There is no doubt that the benefits are very significant and the number of cyclists continues to increase as a general form of public transport.
However, cyclists are vulnerable. Looking at the earliest Government statistics available from 2015, over 3000 cyclists were seriously injured and over 100 were killed in cycle accidents.
Cyclists are 15 times more likely to be killed than car drivers are on UK roads. (RoSPA)
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.
2% of all journey 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 an accident that was the fault of someone else?
We 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 specialists who specialise in cycling collision injuries.