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Cyclists “Pedal on Parliament” to Raise Awareness of Cycling Safety

Thousands of cyclists have taken part in a campaign in Edinburgh called Pedal on Parliament in an attempt to encourage the Scottish Government to invest in cycling in Scotland, including more cycle lanes and safe spaces for active travellers.

Other campaigns occurred in Scottish cities such as Aberdeen as cyclists called for improved investment in active travelling. The campaign, now in its fifth year has claimed that it has made a difference in putting active transport on the political agenda, with several MSPs and MPs cycling in the event this year. One of the primary aims was to encourage 10% of the transport budget to be spent improving conditions for cyclists.

Improving Safety for all Cyclists

While the campaign aims to increase the number of cyclists and encourage a healthy lifestyle, a major factor of the campaign is to raise awareness for improved safety for vulnerable road users.

Mies Knottenbelt, of Lothians cycle campaign group Spokes, said: “Many different kinds of cyclists come together to make it known that cyclists need some space on the roads to be able to cycle safely.

“There are lots of kids here and lots of parents who feel strongly that unless we make the roads a bit safer, we can’t cycle.”

Although there have been many campaigns to improve road safety and raise awareness of vulnerable road users, thousands of people are injured in road traffic accidents each year. Due to the vulnerable nature of cyclists on roads, if a cyclist is involved in an accident they are likely to be severely injured. This is because unlike car owners or those in vehicles, cyclists are largely unprotected. Being stuck by a vehicle, or poor road conditions can lead to dismounting, which can often be the primary cause of the injury. Thankfully, however, if you are injured in a cycling accident through no fault of your own, or if you are hit by a vehicle, the law can help you get the justice and the compensation you deserve.

Cycling Accidents: Making a Personal Injury Claim

Making a claim following an accident can be complicated, especially if no one admits liability for the accident, however, if you have been injured through no fault of your own, at McCarthy Law we believe that you have the right to compensation. To hold those responsible to account, it is important to have as much evidence to support your claim and build the strongest possible case. To make a personal injury claim our team will need to know the basic details of your injuries and your accident, such as where, when and how it occurred. Evidence such as a medical report, witness statements, CCTV footage and photographs can be used to support your claim.

It is difficult to estimate exactly what your claim could be worth as, when making a personal injury claim, it is possible to claim for other factors that just the extent of your injuries. You could claim for compensation if your accident left you unable to work, any psychological damage that was caused due to your injury and even damage to property.

Claim Compensation by Contacting us Today

Many people do not know where to begin when making a personal injury claim, At McCarthy Law, we aim to make the process as straightforward and stress-free as possible. If you have been injured through no fault of your own in a road traffic accident and wish to make a personal injury claim, contact our team of expert solicitors today using our online contact form.