Thousands of people complete the school run or the morning commute to work by bike and while this is an environmentally friendly and healthy way to get around, there are risks.
Statistics show that the risk of road traffic accidents increases when cyclists are involved and 19,000 cyclists are injured every year on UK roads according to RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents). If you’ve been injured on the roads and you were not to blame, you may have a case for compensation.
Cyclist cheats serious injury in Bicester
On the January 23 2015 a man in his thirties narrowly avoided serious, potentially life-threatening, injuries after he was hit by a car in Bicester.
Thames Valley Police confirmed that a road traffic collision had taken place at the London Road junction of the A41 during the morning rush hour. Paramedics were called and the cyclist received treatment at the scene. He had been hit by a Ford Mondeo but was fortunate to escape without serious injury.
Statistics from the AA show that rush hour is the most dangerous time to travel, with the number of accidents during this period significantly higher than other times of the day. Cycling accidents are particularly common in urban areas and these types of incident account for 75 per cent of cycling accidents, according to RoSPA figures.
Preventing cycling accidents
Bikes are harder to see than other types of vehicle, therefore, as a cyclist, it’s always a good idea to make yourself as visible as possible; wear high-visibility clothing, always wear a helmet and stick to well-lit routes.
Take care when approaching cars and avoid weaving or swerving on the road.
If you are driving a car, van or lorry, take extra care when cyclists are on the road; check your mirrors before altering your speed, pulling out or turning and always check your blind spot. Give cyclists room and time and be patient.
Claiming for a road accident
If you’ve been involved in a cycling accident or any type of collision on the road and you were not culpable, you could be eligible for road traffic accident compensation. Record all the details you have and visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website to take the 30-second eligibility test.
Accident Advice Helpline has 15 years experience in handling personal injury claims and our expert legal team has established a reputation for reliability and efficiency.
The car crash claims process is designed to minimise stress and hassle for claimants; the majority of clients never have to attend court. Speak with one of our advisers today on 0800 689 0500, with no pressure to pursue your claim following the call.
Source: Oxford Mail
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice