When you go out for a bike ride, whether you’re heading to work, enjoying yourself or trying to get in better shape, do you often feel like you’re just in danger the whole time? Does it seem like drivers around you have little care for the risks they pose and often put you in unneeded danger?
If so, you are not alone. Many people feel this way, to the point that some of them have given up cycling. And it’s not all in your head. The statistics paint a bleak picture.
The change of the last decade
Cycling has always been dangerous, but it has statistically gotten worse in the last decade or so. Since 2010, deadly cycling accidents have grown 25% more common.
There are a lot of potential factors here. In times of economic recession, do people tend to ride their bikes more often? Are there simply more cyclists and more drivers, meaning that road congestion itself leads to a lot of these accidents? The population continues to increase every year, and that’s going to play a part.
If you’ve lost a loved one, though, you may not be as concerned with why these accidents happen or why they’re more common now than they were 10 years ago. Your life has changed forever. You’ve lost someone you cared about deeply.
Do you need financial compensation?
This is a difficult time, and nothing will change that. However, you don’t need extra financial stress to go along with it. Make sure you know if you have a right to compensation.