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Ninth cyclist dies on a London Road this year

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Ninth cyclist dies on a London Road this year

News article published on: 20th June 2013

A cyclist has been killed on Cycle Superhighway CS2 in east London. The victim becomes the third cyclist to die on this route in a little over two years. A tipper lorry is reported to be the vehicle involved.

Earlier this year in July student Philippine de Gerin-Ricard lost her life in a collision with a lorry and Brian Dorling was killed by a tipper truck in October 2011. Both accidents took place on the same stretch of road.

The accident comes just one day before Mayor Boris Johnson is due to officially open the eastern extension of CS2 from Bow to Stratford.

 The new route incorporates safety features including kerbed cycle lanes that have been welcomed by cycle campaigners but which are missing from the existing route.

London cyclist and joint head of our personal injury department Stuart Kightley comments:

“It would seem that a week cannot go by without a serious injury or fatality involving a cyclist on London’s road – in fact such accidents are becoming so common place that the shock factor is beginning to be lost. Although the cause of this latest tragedy are yet to be confirmed this is another accident involving a tipper truck which would seriously suggest the urgent measures need to be taken to avoid more fatalities.

Of course there will be those observers who will say that safety is improving citing the fact that at the end of 2012 there were fourteen cycling fatalities in London as opposed to the nine this year, however the fact remains that these are accidents, which are ruining people’s lives  are completely avoidable”

If you have been involved in an accident, contact our personal injury department who will be able to advise you on claiming compensation and accessing the appropriate rehabilitation and medical care.

You can speak to one of our expert solicitors by calling us or filling in our online enquiry form.

Written by Stuart Kightley
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