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Eighth cyclist dies in a London road accident in 2018

Posted on August 22nd 2018

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The Queen’s homeopath died last week in a collision with a lorry whilst he was cycling in High Holborn, London.

Dr Peter Fisher worked for the Queen for around 15 years, and was also the director of research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM). He is the fifth fatality from a collision involving a cyclist and a lorry.

Sadly, whilst bystanders attempted to give Dr Fisher CPR and paramedics attended, he was declared dead at the scene. The RLHIM described Dr Fisher as, “a highly regarded colleague and friend.”

Is London more dangerous for cyclists?

Generally, it is more dangerous to cycle in urban areas than rural ones. A report by ROSPA – the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – in November 2017 – report that around 75% of fatal or serious cycle accidents occur in urban areas, and 80% occur in daylight when traffic is heavier.

Two-thirds of cyclists killed or seriously injured were involved in collisions at, or near, a road junction. T-junctions are those which are more commonly involved, but roundabouts are also dangerous.

Of all the urban areas in the UK, London is one of the most densely populated and therefore has a large amount of traffic for cyclists to contend with. It is widely known as a dangerous city for cyclists.

In October 2017, Leon Siciliano, a journalist for Business Insider, created a video of all of the dangerous incidents he experienced in a month of commuting on his bike. 

The video highlighted how dangerous being a cyclist in the capital can be. Furthermore, figures from the Department for Transport in 2017 highlighted that the junction at Lambeth Bridge/Millbank roundabout in London is the most dangerous blackspot for cyclists in the UK.

However, despite this, Transport for London figures show that the number of cycling fatalities in London has been decreasing slowly since 2011.

August is National Road Victim Month:

August is National Road Victim Month – a time to remember those killed in a road traffic accident in the UK.

This month our thoughts are with the friends and families of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents. Sadly, too many people are still killed on the roads each year. In the year ending September 2017, there were 1,720 road deaths. Learn more by clicking here.

How can we help?

If you have been involved in an accident whilst riding your bike, we can help. We help people every year claim compensation after they have been injured by vehicles who have knocked them off their bike. Learn more here, or call us today on 01244 312306.

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