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6 February 2008 / personal-injury-news
National Accident Helpline has expressed its concerns for cyclist safety in the UK after witnessing an increase in enquiries from people who have suffered a personal injury while cycling. National Accident Helpline Legal Director, John Campbell said: “Since 2004, we have seen an 85% increase in the number of enquiries from cyclists who’ve been injured while out riding on UK roads and streets.”
“In London there has been an increase of almost 90% in the number of personal injury enquiries we’ve received from cyclists between 2003 and 2007.”
“With the increasing popularity of cycling amongst all age groups, both as a method of commuting and for recreation, it seems likely we may see an even greater increase in accident enquiries in 2008.”
“Just like car drivers, cyclists are entitled fair access to our roads and are also entitled to make compensation claim if they have been hurt in an accident that was someone else’s fault.”
National Accident Helpline urges cyclists to undertake training courses, so that they have awareness of their road position and responsibilities. “We do everything we can to help cyclists that call us for advice after an accident, but many of the serious accidents might have been avoided if drivers took more care and cyclists followed recommended safety practices.”
What can I do to protect myself?
- Make yourself more visible to other road users. Always wear a high visibility vest over your clothing. The fluorescent section helps drivers see you during daylight and the reflective section helps drivers see you at night.
- Although it’s not a legal requirement - wear a helmet. It is generally accepted that a helmet does offer some level of protection to your brain.
- Learn how to get on your bike. There are a number of training courses offered by local authorities and road safety charities in the UK.
- For tips on cycle safety, or to find out about making a no win no fee claim if you've been in an accident, contact The National Accident Helpline
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