Cycle Accidents - The Dangers
Unfortunately, cycle accidents can and do happen.
It's never pretty subject matter however awareness must be raised to ensure us cyclists are always vigilant and alert when out on the road to avoid any unnecessary scrapes.
With that in mind we've collated a handy infographic to keep you informed and aware of the most common danger areas involved with cycling.
Be aware, be safe.
Cyclist accidents have risen in recent years as the amount of cycling has increased.
Cycling accidents increase as children grow older, with 10 - 15 year old riders being more at risk than other age groups, including adults until about the age of 60 years.
The majority of cyclist casualties are adults, with approximately 11% being children.
To some extent, this reflects increased cycling as children grow older followed by a switch to motorised transport from the late teens onwards.
It also coincides with the age when children attend Secondary school and may start to indicate riskier behaviour.
Most cycling accidents happen in urban areas where most cycling takes place.
Almost two thirds of cyclists killed or seriously injured were involved in collisions at or near a road junction, with T-junctions being the most commonly involved.
Statistics - (2014/2015)
1999 children injured - 18774 adults injured.
6 children killed - 107 adults killed.
80% of these accidents happen in daylight - 80% of cycling accident casualties are male.
Cyclists are 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision than other road users.
The number of cyclists seriously injured has increased every year for 10 years, with an 8.2% increase from 2014 to 2015.
Cycling is more popular now than ever before, with a 22% increase in the last 10 years resulting in over 2 million people participating in some form of cycling in 2015.
This increase in popularity and participation has unfortunately been shadowed by another less positive trend; the number of cycling related accidents, injuries and fatalities.
Insurance and legal advice for road users is something most people only associate with motorists, and many think separate cycle insurance isn't necessary. However with no personal injury or legal cover, costs can soon spiral out of control.
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