January 28th, 2015
Another unlucky cyclist becomes a victim of a collision with an HGV when he was struck by a skip lorry at a notorious roundabout for cycling accidents in London.
Police and the London Ambulance Service were called just before 3pm following the collision and attended to a 60-year-old man. He received roadside medical treatment and was then taken to Hospital by land ambulance. A Police spokeswoman said the cyclist’s injuries are not thought to be serious.
A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said: “We sent two ambulance crews and a medical team from London’s Air Ambulance service by car to the scene.
“We treated a man reported to be in his 60s for a leg injury. He was taken to … Hospital as a priority escorted by the doctor from London’s Air Ambulance.”
The HGV driver stopped at the scene and was uninjured.
A witness said: “As a nearby resident I have seen tens of fatal cycle accidents in the last few years here, and after getting off the bus saw first responders clearing the scene at the exact spot a similar lorry killed a cyclist a couple of years ago.
“The bicycle, which looked like a fold-up type, was completely crushed. Fortunately, the cyclist appeared to be moving, so there is hope they’ll survive.”
Statistically, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) pose a significantly higher risk to cyclists and other vulnerable road users than any other type of vehicle. The sheer size, weight and limited visibility of these vehicles means that there is an increased chance for pedestrians and 2 wheeled vehicles.
In London, HGVs were involved in 53% of cycling fatalities in 2011 despite making up just 4% of the traffic. More concerning is that cyclists involved in collisions with HGVs are 78 times more likely to be killed than those hit by a car according to a study by Transport for London (TfL).
If you have been involved in a road accident that wasn’t your fault, or know someone who has, then call us now on 01625 506655 for an informal chat with one of our specialist solicitors. We have many years’ experience dealing with cycle accidents and can guide you through this traumatic time.