David McWilliam
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Date Published:10 Mar 2016 Last Updated:23 Jun 2021

London cyclist accidents on the increase, with 22,988 accidents involving cyclists over five years

Personal Injury Claims

Summer 2014 saw record numbers of Londoners out on their bikes and cycling, with a 173 per cent increase since 2001.

Unfortunately, the increase in the number of cyclists has contributed to an increase in accidents involving cyclists in recent years. The Department for Transport recently published figures which showed that there were 22,988 motor accidents involving cyclists in London between 2009 and 2013, which equates to more than 12 accidents every day. The published figures also show that cyclist casualties are on the increase, showing an 8% rise in the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured.

Research by the UK’s largest insurer identified the following most dangerous hotspots in London

Top ten cyclist accident hotspots in London
Location Cyclist accidents

2009-2013

2013
Elephant and Castle roundabout 80 18
Trafalgar Square 46 8
Waterloo Road roundabout 45 11
Lambeth Bridge/Millbank roundabout 38 9
Upper Tooting Road/ Lessingham Ave, Ansell road/ Derinton Road 34 8
Grove Road/Mile end Road 32 6
Vauxhall Bridge/ Wandsworth Road 31 3
Monument tube station junction 29 10
Camberwell New Road/Brixton Road 28 9
Camberwell New Road/Kennington Road/ Harleyford Street 28 5
Total 391 87

Tragically, there have been four cyclist deaths in London this year, with the most recent being last week at a busy junction in Victoria when a mother of two died.

We would therefore urge cyclists to take care when out cycling. The CTC, the National Cycling Charity, has published 10 safety tips for cycling in traffic.

Ellis Jones opened a London office in December 2013 and has seen an increase in cycling claims for London cyclists. We have a network of local and national physiotherapists that are happy to treat our injured client’s at no cost to them. This means the client has the best chance of success to make a full and speedy recovery and get them back on their bikes as quickly as possible. Physio Medicine is part of our physiotherapist network and located in London, near St Paul’s Cathedral.

Cycling accidents can be complex and our team of experts have brought cases for many cyclists, involving road bikes, mountain bikes and professional cyclists, to people just riding their bike for fun. Through our cycling knowledge and links with local and national bike shops, we are able to get payments from insurers to cover the repairs or replacement value of bikes together with damaged clothing. Ellis Jones is happy to advise anyone with injuries in these types of accidents and can act on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Call David’s team at our London office now if you need our assistance on 0203 440 5716.