Sponsored blog post: UK cycling deaths and injuries rising with cyclist numbers

The recently published Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2010 from the Department of Transport has shown that there are around 13 million cyclists on the roads of Britain today. Consequently, 26 per cent more cyclists were either injured or killed on the road in the first quarter of this year than in the same period in 2010. It was found that a harrowing total of 3,730 cyclists were killed or injured on the roads of Britain earlier in 2011, while 2,961 were reported during the same quarter last year. The overall popularity of cycling is on the rise, with a 117 per cent increase since 2000 on London’s roads alone, but the rate of accidents is ever-increasing across the nation.

The report collected data on a variety of accidents that were reported to the police over the last year, many of which involved a lack of due care and attention, speeding and poor road conditions. Almost 60 per cent of reported accidents involving a car and a cyclist were due to a failure to check the road properly, while 30 per cent of fatal accidents were caused by excessive speed in adverse road conditions. Road accidents in general were found to have cost the British economy a staggering total of пїЎ15.82 billion in 2009, which is even more startling when it is compared to the пїЎ18 billion that Britain spent on the war in Afghanistan over the ten year period from 2001 to 2011. Cyclists involved in accidents only contribute a fraction of this huge figure, but they continue to find themselves amongst the most vulnerable of road users. Around 17 per cent of fatal accidents involving cyclists were deemed to be caused by speeding, while an incredible 75 per cent of all accidents occur near road junctions, according to the RoSPA.

Cyclists are not only susceptible to accidents involving vehicles, though, as potholes, debris and other obstructions in the road cause further accidents across the country. The London School of Economics has recently calculated that cycling brings an estimated пїЎ3 billion to the economy, with each of the 13 million riders contributing an average of пїЎ230 a year. But the rise in accidents is also likely to cause a noticeable influx of accident claims and personal injury claims as victims seek compensation for their ordeals. While the frequency of road accidents actually fell in 2010 on the year before, the number of those involving cyclists has risen this year. These numbers have sparked concerns for the overall safety of Britain’s roads as the Government desperately seeks to minimise injuries and deaths while the actual number of cyclists on the road increases.

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September 12, 2011 В· Editorial Team В· Comments Closed
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