Common Cycling Injuries and How We Can Help

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Cycling is a fantastic way to get and stay fit. Regular cycling can also help you lose weight, and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. People who cycle regularly in adulthood typically have a fitness level of someone ten years younger, and a life expectancy two years above average.

Yet, over half the people questioned in a survey carried out by YouGov, commissioned by RoSPA in March 2015, said that they don’t cycle, with the main reasons being ‘concerns around the safety of road cycling’ and ‘concerns about driver’s treating them badly.’

In 2015, 18,844 cyclists were injured in reported road accidents, including 3,339 who were killed or seriously injured.


Common cycling accidents

  • Drivers pulling out into the path of a cyclist
  • Drivers turning across the path of a cyclist
  • Drivers failing to see cyclists when turning or changing lanes
  • Vehicle doors opening in front of an oncoming cyclist
  • Potholes and other road defects

Around 80% of cycling accidents occur in the daylight. The most dangerous hours for cyclists are between 3.00pm-6.00pm and 8.00am-9.00am on weekdays. However, cycling accidents in the dark are more likely to be fatal. More cycling accidents occur during the spring and summer months than in autumn and winter. However, the casualty rate in terms of miles travelled is higher over the autumn and winter period.


Common cycling injuries 

  • Soft tissue injuries to the neck, shoulders and back
  • Fractured collarbone
  • Wrist injuries
  • Fractured pelvis and coccyx
  • Fractures to the legs, ankles or feet
  • Head injuries
  • Psychological injuries


If you have been involved in a non-fault road traffic accident as a cyclist and sustained an injury as a result; you may be entitled to compensation. Our Personal Injury team will be able to advise you on your prospects of success and we may be able to act for you under a Conditional Fee Agreement, on a no win no fee basis.


Please contact the Personal Injury team at Donald Race & Newton Solicitors on 01282 433241 to speak to our friendly Personal Injury team, or email