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About the Accident Map
What are all the Points Marked on the Map?
The large blue pointers on the map are a selection of claims that cyclists have made with us. You can click on each one for a full description of accident.
PLEASE NOTE: The Accident Map will hopefully give valuable information to other cyclists using the website. We aim to populate this map with as much detail as possible in an attempt towards making our roads safer for all cyclists. If you make a claim for an accident you've had with us, it is your decision whether or not you would like to add your accident to the map or not. If you do, you have the further option of remaining fully anonymous. It's your data, your accident, it's up to you what you do with it.
The red (fatal), purple (serious) and yellow (slight) spots are road accidents involving cyclists on Britain’s roads between 2005 and 2011. This is based on official Government accident data that we have filtered to show only accidents involving cyclists. The map will be updated with 2012 data as soon as the DfT release it. (Likely around June/July 2013) Clicking on one of those will bring up a pop up baloon that gives basic information on each accident as provided by the Department for Transport.
Casualty data is based on Stats19 data collected by the police and made available through the Department for Transport. It has been stripped of any information that may be used to identify those involved. Unfortunately there is currently no data available for Northern Ireland.
What are Accident Clusters?
To switch to the Accident Cluster Visualization view, select the tick box "Show accident clusters?" on the right hand side of the map. Accident Clusters are used to see the concentration of accidents on a particular area of the map.
At a wide zoom level it can be used to see the cities and regions with a high number of accidents. (Please note at a wide zoom level it may take slightly longer to fully load as the map is calculating over 80,000 accidents). As you zoom in and move around it re-draws the hotspots according to what you are looking at and at a close zoom level it can be used to find particularly dangerous junctions or roads within a city or neighbourhood.
The numbers displayed in the coloured "hotspots" are how many slight, serious and fatal accidents there have been in that area.
How do I use the Map?
We have designed the system around the familiar Google maps. You can search the map in the usual way, panning and zooming using the controls in the top left of the map to find the precise location that you need. Alternatively, you can use your mouse in the map window, double left click anywhere on the map to zoom in, double right click to zoom out, click and hold down the left mouse button and move the mouse around to drag the map around.
You can choose to hide or show the markers you wish by ticking or unticking them in the selection box in the top right corner of the map.
If you need help in using the basic Google maps tool, then please do read the help files that they provide
What Exactly are Fatal, Serious & Slight accidents
Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) is a standard metric for safety policy, particularly in transportation and road safety.
Fatal: The usual international definition, as adopted by the Vienna Convention in 1968 is 'A human casualty who dies with 30 days after the collision due to injuries received in the crash'.
Serious injury: The definition is less clear-cut a may vary more over time and in different places. The UK definition covers injury resulting in a person being detained in hospital as an in-patient, in addition all injuries causing: fractures, concussion, internal injuries, crushings, burns (excluding friction burns), severe cuts, severe general shock which require medical treatment even if this does not result in a stay in hospital as an in-patient.
Slight injury: Sprain (including neck whiplash injury), bruising or cuts which are not judged to be severe. Also slight shock requiring roadside assistance.
How Accurate is the Data?
The blue markers are manually positioned by us and reflect the location of an accident in which we have helped a cyclist claim for their injuries.
The red, purple and yellow markers are all incidents up to the end of 2010 and will be updated as soon as the latest data is released by the Department for Transport. There are a very small number of errors in the data resulting in, for example, incorrect locations. Levenes Cycle Injury accept no responsibility for errors within the data and all queries relating to accuracy should be directed to the appropriate authority.
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