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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Avoiding injury: Navigating cobbled-stone roads


    When visiting quaint towns, lined with cobbled-stone roads, it is likely that you will want to absorb the charming ambience either on foot or on bike. Yet, despite the picturesque appeal of such areas, it is essential to consider the safety implications of cobbled-stone roads to minimise the risk of slips, trips and falls.

    Riding on cobbled-stone roads

    A selection of biking events take place on cobble-stone roads, as it can be an exciting route, presenting challenges for experienced cyclists, who take stringent safety measures to prevent accidents on the road.

    That being said, many of us aren’t experienced cyclists and need guidance in how to prevent falls from bikes and road-related accidents.

    It is important to remember that cycling on cobbled-stone roads will be quite a rough ride. Stay relaxed and ride with your hips. Look ahead, while cycling, to avoid particularly rough patches of road. This will reduce the risk of biking accidents.

    Stay on the crown of the road. You’re in for a bumpy ride, but the cobbles here will have seen less wear and tear, so you are less likely to come across problematic areas of road.

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    Preparation is key, pad your seat and your handlebars to maximise comfort. Consider your choice of tyres and seek advice on whether higher-volume tyres (25 – 28 mm) will work on your frame.

    Walking on cobbled-stone roads

    Many councils are now replacing the historic cobble-stone roads with contemporary materials such as tarmac or cement to prevent trips and falls. That considered, cobbles are still popular in many areas and, due to their deterioration, can lead to public accidents.

    Stay safe on the cobbles by walking away from the verge, towards the crown of the road. Where possible, use pavements. Walk sensibly, with appropriate footwear, considering any issues in your path ahead.

    Claiming for slips, trips and falls on cobbled-stone roads

    If you have suffered an injury due to a slip, trip or fall when out and about, and you believe you are not to blame, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you.

    Established in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in assisting victims of personal injury. Working on a no-win no-fee* basis, Accident Advice Helpline will assess your claim and advise you of the best next steps to take.

    With a large nationwide legal team on hand, you can be sure that your claim is in expert hands. Give us a call today on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, for more information.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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