In January 2015, a cyclist was hit by a car causing several fractures, resulting in hospitalisation from the rush hour crash. The preventable road traffic accident occurred in Wolverhampton and, in addition to the stated injuries, caused many delays during the morning rush hour.
How could this road traffic accident have been prevented?
It has not been determined who was in the wrong in this instance, but both the driver and the cyclist need to be aware of who and what is around them at all times to improve their hazard perceptions. This may have helped them foresee this car collision and perhaps have prevented it entirely or lessened the injuries and damage sustained.
How to avoid a car collision when cycling in future?
As well as being aware of your surroundings, to avoid a road traffic accident make sure you use cycle lanes when available. Give clear hand signals to those around you, so that they are aware of your intentions, including which way you will be cycling.
Finally, make sure you always wear appropriate safety clothing including a helmet and reflective clothing in the dark. This ensures that if a road traffic accident does occur the severity of injuries will be minimised. Make sure when cycling in the dark you always have lights on your bike as well to make yourself more visible to help prevent road traffic accidents.
Claiming for road accident injuries
However, car accidents can and do still happen. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm specialising in accident claims. With 15 years’ of experience our team of lawyers can make the process as easy and stress free as possible, and may even be able to settle your claim without you having to step foot in a court room.
Speak to a Accident Advice Helpline adviser today on our 24-hour Freephone number 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, take the simple 30-second compensation calculator test online to see how much your potential car crash claim could be worth and how much compensation you could be entitled to.