03 March 2015
HGV Kills Fourth London Cyclist
Another London cyclist was sadly killed in a collision with a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) during rush hour last week.
The woman in her 30s, was riding a Barclays Cycle Hire bike, when she was crushed under the wheels of a construction lorry. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cycling accident occurred around 08:00 in Victoria Street close to Victoria Station, in central London.
She became the fourth London cyclist to have been killed this year. Each death has involved an HGV and three of the four victims have been women.
The HGV was being driven along Bressenden Place, a one-way street, and had just turned left at a set of traffic lights on to Victoria Street when it struck the woman on the inside lane.
There has been on-going construction work at the site since May 2011 as Victoria Station undergoes extensive improvement works. The project is not due to complete until 2018.
Witnesses who work in the area described how traffic around the busy junction is relentless throughout the day and night with construction vehicles arriving and leaving continually.
One man labelled the street where the woman was killed as “an absolute death trap crammed in with 8ft fences and nowhere to go.”
Over the last 10 years, more than half of all cycling deaths in the capital have been caused by accidents with lorries. The majority of which have involved HGVs turning left at traffic lights or other junctions, with drivers claiming not to have seen victims due to blind spots.
Sadly, this young woman’s death bears all the hallmarks of what has become a “typical” London cyclist death – a female cyclist killed by an HGV turning left.
Each of these tragic deaths is deeply sad and as always, our thoughts are with the families involved.
From 1 September, the Safer Lorry Scheme will come into force 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across London requiring any vehicle weighing more than 3.5 tonnes to be fitted with side guards and extra mirrors.
Side guards will prevent cyclists from being dragged under the wheels of a vehicle in the event of a road accident, and extended view mirrors will reduce blind spots and provide drivers with a better view of any cyclists around them.
Hopefully, the fact that any lorry of this size without the adequate safety equipment will be banned from London’s roads will go a long way towards offering better protection to both pedestrians and cyclists and cut down on the number of these horribly needless deaths.
Jane Cooper is a Senior Personal Injury Solicitor specialising in cycling accident claims at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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