Cyclists and Fatal Accidents – Near Misses
Cyclists are prone to serious life-chanigng injuries or fatalities on the road due to their vulnerability.
Cyclists are reported to be a risk to being knocked off their bike almost every 2 weeks which can be the fault of the cyclists not being aware of their surroundings or motorists not seeing or expecting a cyclist close by.
There are also other matters of concern to avoid such devastating consequences on the UK roads and streets. What are they? It is the ‘near misses.’ Those thankful days where a car, van or lorry just misses the cyclist and thus avoiding a fatal accident claim and serious injury.
25 Near Misses A Year
It is reported that almost every 2 weeks a cyclist is almost knocked off their bikes. A staggering statistic. It appears there is confusion over the right of way at junctions in particular which gives rise to most risk to potential cycling fatal accident claims.
On average a cyclist will experience 25 near misses at junctions every year in the UK. The Highway Code is being criticised by cycling organisation to be updated to reflect the dangers and a petition has been set up.
British Cycling Federation have said that there are 14 conflicting rules to consider for cyclists and motorist alike when it comest to rights of way at road junctions.
Dangerous Common Risk
British Cycling have said that the most common dangerous manoeuvre was passing too close to the cyclist by a motorist. It was recorded over 130 times a year and where a vehicle pulling out in front of a bike 70 times.
Contact the Cycling Accident Solicitors
If you have been involved in an accident causing injury or are a family member or friend who has lost a loved one please contact us for legal advice and support. No matter how small the question on blame, liability, compensation or simply what to do we can point you in the right direction or help you submit a claim.
Posted: April 26, 2017 at 1:05 pm