Cyclist Seriously Injured In Road Traffic Accident
Posted: June 9, 2015
Posted in: Bicycle Accidents Road Traffic Accidents
A cyclist has been injured in the North of Glasgow following a road traffic accident. The cyclist was involved in a collision with a car with the more vulnerable road user being rushed to the hospital as a result of his injuries.
The 67-year-old man involved in the crash was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary as a result of his injuries with no one else involved in the accident being hurt.
The accident is one of the many to occur in Glasgow each year with the city being one of the most dangerous for cyclists.
More Needs to be Done to Protect Cyclists
Despite Edinburgh claiming to be a safer city for cyclists, it has more accidents involving cyclists than any other area of the country. However, campaign groups have called for more to be done in both cities to protect cyclists and more vulnerable road users.
Edinburgh city council announced that it is to make all their residential streets mandatory 20mph zones at a cost of over £2 million with a petition also being launched in Glasgow in a bid to protect more vulnerable road users.
It is argued by the campaigners than lower speeds encourages safe driving and safer streets for more vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. The petition also argues that the lowered speed limit will significantly reduce the likelihood of death or serious injury if there is a collision.
Andy Waddell, the city council’s head of infrastructure services said Glasgow is in the process of implementing mandatory 20mph zones in residential areas with the project potentially being expanded to other areas of the city. Mr Waddell said in a report on the issue of 20mph zones:
“The council is working towards making all suitable residential roads mandatory 20mph zones or limits in line with current resources.“
“The council will continue to monitor the various options available to restrict speeds in residential areas and continue to use appropriate methods of speed reduction as we progress to our road safety vision.”
Impact of Speed in Accidents
According to government reports in the last year of reports more than 3,000 people were injured as a result of speeding with driving over the speed limit playing a major factor in almost 50% of accidents. Many of these accidents also occurred when drivers were driving the speed limit in conditions that required safer, lower speeds. According to UK Government officials the risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian or cyclist is hit at 40mph than at 30mph.
More vulnerable road users are more at risk when in faster speed limits or at junctions. If you are involved in a road traffic accident and injured you will be able to make a personal injury claim. In order to do so, it is important to have as much proof as possible. Our team of solicitors will require evidence such as where, when and how the accident occurred as well as who was responsible and what was the impact of the crash. A medical report and any other evidence can prove exceptionally useful when making a claim as it can effectively verify your injuries.
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