280 Cyclist Casualties Per Week

The Department for Transport’s updated statistics for 2011 show an 8% increase in the number of pedal cyclists killed or seriously injured compared to 2010.

14540 pedal cyclists were killed or seriously injured in road accidents occuring in the 12 month period ending September 2011. The statistics used by the Department for Transport are mostly based on road accidents reported to the police, however a lot of cycling accidents are not reported to the police and the number of cyclist casualties will be greater than 14540.

The charity The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) advises that 80% of cyclist casualties are male, and that the high risk area for cyclists is at or near to road junctions where alomost 65% of serious accidents occur. Roundabouts are particularly dangerous junctions for cyclists.

RoSPA is of the view that there is generally an increase in the severity of the injuries suffered by pedal cyclists in accidents that occur on roads with higher speed limits. For example, the speed limits for road in rural areas is often 60 mph, and almost 50% of fatal accidents suffered occur in rural areas, even though most people in England and Wales live in urban areas and not rural areas.

The data shows that about 75% of pedal cyclists who are killed in road traffic accidents have sustained major head injuries. Safety studdies on accidents done worldwide during the last 30 years always mention the important of wearing ans approved cycle helmet. Most safety emphasize that wearing an approved cycle helmet significantly reduces the risk of head injuries in a crash and also decreases the risk of facial injury.