A few facts about cycling accidents

Government figures, for cycling accidents for 2013 have revealed some valuable information about cycling habits.  Since the Olympics in 2012 and the success of our cycling team, the nation has been donning the Lycra and getting back on two wheels. This increase in the number of cyclists on the road has led to an increase in the number of cyclist casualties in recent years.

The figures show that males are significantly more likely to be involved in cycling accidents than females, in fact there is an 80% chance that an accident involves a male. 

The majority of cycling accidents (75%) happen in urban areas which is not surprising as it’s where the majority of cycling takes place and has a high concentration of vehicles on the road, however, nearly half of fatalities occur on rural roads.  This may be as a result of roads being poorly lit, narrow and also the vehicles reach greater speeds on rural roads.

The seriousness of an injury suffered by a cyclist increases proportionately with the roads speed limit, which is not a surprising fact.  Road Junctions and roundabouts are particular hot-spots for fatalities and serious injuries with almost 75% of accidents happening at these areas.  The most common place for collisions is at T junctions and roundabouts.

80% of accidents happen in the day with the most dangerous times being rush hour – between 3.00 to 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 to 9.00 a.m. on weekdays. As you would expect the chances of fatality increases with visibility and so cycling accidents in the dark are more likely to be fatal.

Head injuries are, by far, the main cause of death.  75% of cyclists who die from their injuries have suffered some form of head trauma. 

We hope that 2014 figures, when released, will show some improvement in the number of accidents on our roads but until then these figures are quite sobering.  Speed limits and better cycle infrastructure seem to be an obvious place to start improving cycle safety or even better safety technology for helmets.  Either way, these figures should be a real concern to the government and to every cyclist.

 

Cyclist Casualties, 2013*

 

Child

Adult

All

Killed

6

103

109

Seriously Injured

276

2,867

3,143

Slightly Injured

1,676

14,510

16,186

Total                         

1,958

17,480

19,438

 
*ROSPA