Queen Mary University has found in the first study that links cyclist injuries by vehicle has shown that HGV’s are the most likely to kill or seriously injure a cyclist. Two hundred and sixty five cyclists, who had been brought into the Royal London Hospital, in the past five years, were assessed in this study. The main cause of death and severe injury was though blood loss in the lower half of the body.
Carried out over six years, 20% of the cyclists in the study had been involved in a collision with a HGV even though HGvs only account for 5% of traffic on the road. 21% of these cyclists in the study who had collided with an HGV had died as reported by The Times Cycle Safety campaign.
The news was slightly better in examining cyclist’s collisions with cars; cyclists were more likely to survive a crash but the chances of suffering a head injury were higher in these collisions.
The Times Cities Fit for Cycling manifesto calls for lorries to fitted with extra sensors to lessen blind spots. At present police are looking into bringing a corporate manslaughter case against Transport for London for the case of Deep Lee, who was killed in October last year over a collision with a lorry in Kings Cross. They argue that the stretch of road where the accident occurred breaches Transport for London’s minimum published standards for safe widths of roads used by both motorists and cyclists.
The Freight Transport Association has published a Cycling Code guide in conjunction with the London Cycling campaign, free to download from their website.