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Home > News > Cyclist killed in road traffic accident involving Olympic bus driver

3rd August 2012

Cyclist killed in road traffic accident involving Olympic bus driver

The tragic death of a 28-year-old cyclist is a sharp reminder of the danger of road traffic accidents involving cyclists. According to figures produced by RoSPA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), in 2011 there were 107 fatalities in Great Britain and over 3,000 seriously injured.

Around 20% of those killed or injured are children, which coincides with the fact that the periods between 8.00 and 9.00 in the morning and 3.00 to 6.00 in the afternoon are the most dangerous hours for cyclists but that is also when most traffic is on the road with the daily commute. Again, reflecting the reality of the road conditions, statistics show that cycling accidents which occur when it is dark are more likely to result in a fatality.

And these figures are only those reported to the police. Many injured cyclists do not report their accident, despite many needing hospital treatment.

Although the number of cyclists killed in 2011 fell by 4%, the total seriously injured cyclists reported to police rose 16% to 3,085. Over the same period, it is estimated that the number of cyclists rose by 2.2%.

Call for compulsory helmet usage for cyclists

The cyclist who died on Wednesday was knocked down by a double-decker bus. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cycling has received extensive positive coverage during the Tour de France last month, and again this week by the winning of an Olympic gold medal by Bradley Wiggins. Figures also reported by RoSPA for 2011 show that about 75% of fatal injuries in cycling accidents involve major head injuries. Now Great Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Wiggins has called for the compulsory wearing of helmets for cyclists.

As our roads become ever more congested, safety must be uppermost in the minds and actions of all road users.

More details of cycling accidents can be found on the RoSPA website

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Clear Answers’ lawyers are specialists in all types of road accidents including cycle accidents. We have teams of experts waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your claim, whether you were in a work related road traffic accident, or on private business.

If you or a member of your family have been injured in a road traffic accident through no fault of your own, contact Clear Answers' personal injury solicitors on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisors who will be able to assess whether or not you have a claim. Alternatively fill out one of our online accident compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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