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August 2011

Common Cycling Injuries

Every year thousands of cyclists are injured and killed on Britain’s roads. Cyclists are vulnerable as they are less protected and less visible compared with other road users.

Statistics released by the Department for Transport identified that in 2009 there were 17,064 cyclists injured or killed in reported personal injury road accidents. There were 104 cyclists killed, 2,606 cyclists seriously injured and 14,354 left with minor injuries.

According to these 2009 published figures the most common cause of cyclists seeking hospital treatment were due to injuries to the limbs. 40% sustained injuries to the arms and 25% sustained injuries to the legs.

Hospital data shows that over 40% of cyclists, and 45% of child cyclists, suffered head injuries. Head injuries can range from minor concussion to a brain injury resulting in a permanent disability or death.

Chest and abdominal injuries are much less frequent, with only around 5% of cyclists seeking treatment.

Cyclists can also suffer a range of injuries which do not involve accidents. Cyclists are particularly susceptible to repetitive strain injuries from the repeated movements required when cycling.

According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) one fifth of cyclists injured or killed on Britain’s roads are children. Children aged 10 to 15 and adults over 60 are most at risk, and the majority of cycling casualties also tend to be male.

The most common causes of cycling accidents include:

• Motorist pulling into a cyclist’s path
• Motorist crossing a cyclist’s path
• Cyclist riding into the path of a motor vehicle
• Cyclist turning onto a major or minor road
• Child cyclist playing or riding too fast

The majority of cycling accidents occur on roads in built-up areas where cycling is most frequent. Mostly these accidents occur in daylight, but accidents after dark are more likely to be fatal.

The majority of cycling accidents involve a motor vehicle and account for 81% of all cycling casualties. Not surprisingly accidents involving larger vehicles and on roads with higher speed limits, are more likely to result in a serious injury.

In the event of an accident, visit our five steps to follow after a cycling accident page.

Bike Accident Compensation Claim Advice

If you or someone you know has suffered a cycling injury, telephone us now for accurate compensation claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any personal injury claim. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters and have a specialist Serious Injury Team to deal with claims involving catastrophic injuries. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury solicitors and lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.