Monday, February 1, 2010

Sponsored guest post: Cycling accident victims to benefit from new accident claim service

A new legal service, My Cycling Claims, has been launched recently by a North-West based law firm to cater specifically for people involved in accidents whilst they were using their bicycles. From the immediate aftermath of the cycling accident right through the recovery process, the new service will focus on the particular needs of injured cyclists and aims to get them the full cycling accident claim they deserve and get them back riding as soon as possible.

According to figures from RoSPA, there are over 300 reported accidents involving cyclists on roads in the UK each week. This includes on average 2 fatal cycling accidents and around 40 serious injuries every week.

But even these shocking figures might tell the whole story, as RoSPA estimates that reported accidents only account for between 10 and 30 percent of all serious accidents involving cyclists. This means the actual number of cycling accidents per year could be as high as 150,000. Around a quarter of those involved in cycling accidents are children, especially those in the 11-17 age range.

Cyclists have much less protection in the event of a road accident compared to other road users. Motorists benefit from protective measures in the vehicle they are driving such as side impact bars and crumple zones. Even motorcyclists have the benefit of hard-wearing leathers or specialist clothing and more protective helmets that cover the whole of the head; around half of the cyclists who attend hospital after being injured in a road traffic accident have suffered head injuries.

Author: Neil Worrall

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