Pedestrian Deaths Caused By Cyclists
ARTICLE BY: Stuart Jones
During last week’s Road Safety Week, President of The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Brett Dixon, informed regional newspapers and their readers about the small – yet significant – number of pedestrian deaths caused by cyclists in 2017. Mr. Dixon stated:
“It is only right that cyclists who kill or maim should face criminal sentences in the same way as drivers, as is currently being proposed by the Government. We still grieve for our loved one in the same way regardless of whether he or she is killed by a cyclist or driver.
“…Three pedestrians were killed last year by cyclists and these deaths are just the tip of the iceberg. Last year 68 per cent of pedestrians were killed by drivers.”
Acknowledging that the number of deaths paled in comparison to those caused by careless drivers, it is still worth highlighting that not all pedestrian fatalities are caused purely by motorised vehicles.
If you are out on foot after dark, it is strongly advised that you make yourself as visible as possible – be it wearing a high-visibility jacket, reflectors, or even some kind of LED lighting similar to the ones used by cyclists.
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