Neil Hudgell Solicitors Respond to Cycle Helmet Law Discussion after Argument Returns to Spotlight

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A recent death has sparked arguments over cycle helmet laws. Neil Hudgell solicitors give their reaction as well as responding to figures released by The Daily Mail which suggest cycling deaths have risen at an alarming rate.

The death of a 28-year old cyclist in London, reported in The Guardian earlier this month - http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/aug/01/cyclist-killed-collision-bus, has brought the issue of cycle helmets back into the spotlight in an attempt to save lives and prevent long-term personal injury or disability in the UK.

The legality of whether you should or shouldn’t have to wear a cycle helmet remains an on-going and increasingly high profile area for concern.

The recent fatality was even directed at Olympic Gold medallist Bradley Wiggins who was asked to comment on whether cyclists should be made to wear helmets, his positive reaction even sparking a heated debate about whether now is the time for a new legislation to be introduced.

The latest figures revealed by The Daily Mail suggest cycling injuries and deaths have risen at an alarming rate with experts warning earlier this month the trend could continue thanks to what they have dubbed the ‘Bradley Wiggins effect’.

The report from the Department for Transport found that cyclist causalities rose by 10 per cent, from 3,775 to 4,160, in the first three months of the year. The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured rose by 13 per cent compared with the same period last year – increasing from 621 to 700.

Head injuries remain the most common type of injury for cyclists ranging from fatal skull fractures and brain damage to minor concussion and cuts. Hospital data shows that over 40 per cent of cyclists, and 45 per cent of child cyclists suffer head injuries. A further study of 116 fatal cyclist accidents in London and rural areas found over 70 per cent of the cyclist fatalities in London had moderate or serious head injuries, and over 80 per cent of those killed in collision on rural roads.

Whilst wearing a helmet cannot always save lives in each and every case, research has shown that cycle helmets can save lives, and even reduce the risk of head and brain injury by up to 88%.

Neil Hudgell Solicitors, a leading UK legal specialist with a dedicated serious personal injury team have represented many clients who have suffered serious brain and spinal damages while cycling. Speaking on behalf of the company Andrew McGowan, Senior Litigation Manager stated, “We have seen the devastating effects it can have on the individuals and families lives.

“In legal terms, all cyclists should be aware that if they are involved in an accident, contributory negligence is increasingly being taken into consideration by insurance firms and Judges if a cyclist was riding without a helmet and sustained a head injury which the wearing of a helmet would have prevented or reduced in severity”.

“However many argue that there is no demonstrable link between wearing a helmet and the safety of cyclists, but in cases like this one it’s evident a new legislation is needed to enforce safer actions. This is just one example that I hear about on a weekly basis and if wearing a helmet can provide a measure of protection, its vital one should be worn be every cyclist.”

Figures revealed by the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2189562/Olympic-effect-add-toll-cyclists-injuries-deaths-rise-alarming-rate.html

Neil Hudgell Solicitors specialise in a range of personal injury cases including serious injury claims covering brain, head and spinal injury accidents. For more information visit the company’s website at http://www.neil-hudgell.co.uk/personal-injury-solicitors/index.php.

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