Call To Improve Road Safety As London Cycling Deaths Rises To 10 for 2012
Serious injury experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell are echoing calls for improving cyclists’ safety on Britain’s roads after the issue was raised following the death of a cyclist struck by an official Olympic bus.
The man was killed yesterday (1st July) after being hit by a bus carrying journalists near the Olympic park and it is the 10th death involving bikes in London this year .
Colin Ettinger, a Partner who specialises in road traffic collisions at law firm Irwin Mitchell said:“Cycling is at the forefront of people’s minds at the moment with Britain’s success in the Olympics but the figures released today showing that there were 10 deaths in London alone show more needs to be done to protect cyclists.
“They are very vulnerable on the roads and do not have the protection of those in a motor vehicle. Sadly we deal with many cases on behalf of those serious injured, or the family of those fatally hurt, on Britain’s roads and numbers continue to increase.
“Lives are turned upside down by road traffic crashes and no amount of money can bring a loved one back or make up for the devastating injuries that occur.
“Motor vehicles and cyclists both need further training and knowledge about how to share the roads safely to prevent any more injuries and this needs to be a top priority for the government to prevent further accidents.”