Cycling can be great fun, the feel of the open road and the wind in your hair, but this can all be shattered in a second if you are unfortunately involved in an accident.
According to the latest government statistics, in 2020 over 16,000 people were injured in pedal cycle accidents and 141 people were killed. Between 2015 and 2020, most pedal cycle fatalities were due to accidents involving a car, but a high number of fatalities also happened to people who had an accident involving no other vehicle! While most accidents happen away from junctions, a significant amount do happen near T, Y, or staggered junctions.
There are three common contributory factors when it comes to cycling accidents. All of them are the fault of the rider. They are:
- the rider failed to look properly;
- the rider failed to judge other persons path or speed;
- the rider was careless, reckless or in a hurry.
It’s important to note that all road users have a duty of care to others and that if you are involved in an accident, a percentage of blame may be apportioned to you. This has implications if costs or damages are discussed. The amount you receive in any compensation claim could be reduced if you are found to be even partly at fault.