The Mayor of London is attempting to lower the amount of cyclists killed on our roads by HGV drivers by launching a new safety standard. The standard has been led by industry professionals and proposes advice to help everyone involved in driving large vehicles to protect the safety of cyclists and vulnerable road users.
The standard has come together from a collaboration of best practices across the industry and draws all the different information on safety together into one place. At the moment, the standard is concentrating on the capital. However, it could lead to significant changes across the UK.
Cyclist fatalities caused by HGVs account for about 20% of all cyclist fatalities in London. In 2011/12 there was an overall increase in cyclist fatalities across the whole country. 25% of all cyclists who were seriously injured as a result of a large vehicle were because the driver of the vehicle steered too close to the cyclists.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, commented on the launch of the standards, “The role of lorries in cycle accidents is well known now- roughly half of all fatalities involve HGVs, though they are only 4% of the traffic. I’m very grateful to all those from the industry who pledged to help us tackle this issue and the new construction industry safety standard we are launching is a real step forward and will help save vulnerable users, cyclists and pedestrians, from harm”.
Claiming Compensation after Cyclist Accidents
As the figures above show, there is a real danger to cyclists on our roads from large vehicles. The consequences of accidents involving cyclists and HGVs can be extremely serious, quite often resulting in fatalities. Freeclaim Solicitors have specialist road traffic accident solicitors who can help give you advice about claiming compensation following a cyclist accident.
Cyclists have an increased risk of sustaining serious head and spinal injuries after a road accident. We have specialist serious injury solicitors who have proven expertise in serious cycling injury claims. We also work with a network of professionals to provide you with the best possible after care following your accident.
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Published: 28th January 2014