7 year high in cycling deaths in Scotland during the pandemic

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During the pandemic, cycling on the roads has gone up by 6% and motor traffic fell by 23% compared to 2019. This is due to individuals wanting to seek exercise and activity during the pandemic restrictions. However, due to the rise of cyclists on the road, there were 11 deaths during that time, compared to 6 in 2018. This is a scary number compared to previous years, negligent and dangerous driving on the roads impacted this number.

The Statistics 

Serious accident numbers involving a cyclist in Scotland has risen by around a third from 182 to 242, during the pandemic years. Unsurprisingly, cycling has become a very popular hobby among individuals on the Scottish roads, it is a healthy alternative during a time in which normal activities were put on pause.

What would be the solution?

The easiest solution to this problem is enforcing good and safe driving behaviour, avoiding speeding and dangerous driving on the roads, dashcams have been found effective to enforce this type of behaviour, the fear of knowing that individuals may be recording and reporting your behaviour, can guarantee safer behaviour on the roads. However, to our surprise, the Scottish police force is 1 of only 5 police forces in the UK to not have a dashcam footage portal to submit dangerous driving behaviour. 59% of Scottish drivers believe there should be an online dashcam footage portal to submit driving behaviour. To find out more about this topic read our Dashcam Article.

How can drivers avoid cycling accidents? 

There is a range of common behaviours that are common around drivers who cause cycling accidents. There is a wide variety of things that can cause them; however, the most common ones include:

  • Dangerous overtaking, not leaving cyclists enough room when overtaking. Cyclists should get as much space on the road as a car, as they are more likely to be affected by weather and road conditions, causing them to swerve onto the middle of the road.
  • Dangerous driving at junctions, such as not being able to determine how fast a cyclist is travelling on the roads and therefore swerving in front of it.
  • Not leaving a safe distance behind a cyclist.
  • Not being able to see a cyclist, especially at night.
  • Road conditions causing the cyclist to lose control and crash.

Cyclists are advised to make themselves as visible as possible on the roads, road helmets are not compulsory but advised on the roads. Lights on the bike and bright clothing will make the cyclists more visible to the driver, and therefore lowering the chances of an accident occurring.

What should I do if I’ve been involved in a road traffic accident?

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident as a cyclist, you are more likely to face serious injuries due to the lack of external protection you have on the roads. The first thing you should do after being involved in a road traffic accident as a cyclist is making sure everyone is safe and healthy. Call any emergency services if that may be necessary.

Once you have called any emergency services necessary and made sure everyone is safe, it is essential to make sure that you gather as much evidence as it is possible from the scene of the accidents these include:

  • Photos and videos of the scene of the accident
  • Dashcam footage
  • CCTV footage
  • Witness reports

If you would like to claim after a road traffic accident, we highly advise that you contact one of our solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland, to get the highest possible compensation for your case, for the injuries that you may have faced and the damage you may have faced.

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