Olympic effect causing more cycling related injuries and deaths
Cycling relating injuries and deaths have risen at a shockingly fast rate due to what has been named the ‘Bradley Wiggins effect’.
Since Bradley Wiggins’ success in the Olympics and the Tour De France, and also the rest of the Olympics cycling team, many more are taking up the sport which means that more cyclists are on the road and more cyclists are being injured.
Present Department of Transport data shows that the number of cyclist casualties increased by 10% in the first three months of this year, rising from 3,775 to 4,160.
The data shows that the number of cyclists’ deaths and injuries has risen by 13%, which is an increase from 621 people to 700, compared to the same period last year and it is feared that this number can only rise as more people take to their bikes.
The same data also showed that the number of child pedestrians killed by cyclists increased to nearly 14% which is now 410 children compared to the previous 360.
Road safety minister, Mike Penning, has said that they plan to tackle the issue and make roads safer for cyclists, particularly dangerous junctions.
We act for a number of clients who have suffered an injury from cycling, or as a pedestrian. If you have suffered a cycling related disaster that was not your fault you may be able to make a claim. It is important that you get independent expert legal advice, preferably as soon as possible from one of our specialist lawyers.