Cycling accidents on the rise as more people take to the roads on their bikes
With the improved weather across the UK, many of us are dusting off the bicycles and getting some much needed fresh air and exercise. However with the increase of people using their bikes either for leisure or to commute back and forth to work, the number of serious injuries from cycling accidents is on the rise.
According to statistics from RoSPA, every year in the UK around 19,000 cyclists are killed or injured in reported road accidents, including around 3,000 who are killed or seriously injured. Further research also shows that pedal cyclists casualties are highest at the end of the school-day and the working-day, whilst there is a lower peak in mornings during the period when people are cycling to work or school. Men comprise the majority of pedal cyclist casualties; over the period from 2003 to 2012, they accounted for 86 per cent of all casualties.
With these shocking stats is it understandable that the debate in England and Wales to make it compulsory to wear a cycling helmet continues on. Most people are now thankfully wearing a helmet, understanding that this one item could potentially save your life, however there is still a stigma attached to wearing a helmet that suggests it is not cool or fashionable to do so.
Cyclists need to be aware however, that if they do find themselves unfortunately in a cycling accident whilst they were not wearing a helmet, should they want to pursue a compensation claim, the other party, that is insurance company, could argue that it is contributory negligence on the part of the cyclist to be out riding without a helmet. Insurance companies consider this negligence in the same way as they would if a motorist was not wearing a seatbelt.
It is therefore important to remember to wear a helmet at all times when out on your bike. Cycling accidents can and often do lead to serious injuries, including brain and spinal injuries which would have a long term impact on a person’s life and well being. These incidents are also often very costly and in many cases consequential losses such as lost earnings.
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