Whether you commute to work by bike, enjoy a leisurely weekend ride or you participate in competitive races, cycling offers a host of health benefits. Hitting the roads on a regular basis can help to reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes, as well as improving circulation and stamina; however, there is a risk of injury involved with cycling, especially when mountain biking, and it is best to be aware of training tips and safety measures to prevent injuries and avoid road traffic accidents.
Mountain biking injuries
Although cycling is an excellent way to keep fit and explore the countryside, every time you get into the saddle, you run the risk of injuries. The most common types of mountain biking injuries include:
- strains and sprains
- fractures, especially of the collarbone
- lower back pain
- cuts, grazes and lacerations
Types of cycling accidents which may occur when riding on the road or mountain biking through rugged terrain include:
- collisions with other vehicles
- loss of control
- injuries caused by overuse
- falls, which occur most commonly when riding downhill at speed
Safety tips for cyclists
Often, when riding off the beaten track, it can be difficult to control the environment; however, on the roads, many bike accidents could be prevented. Here are some simple safety tips for avoiding car crashes and collisions on the road:
- always wear high visibility clothing
- use lights when riding at night
- always wear a helmet
- signal in advance and look before turning
- look out for car doors when cycling close to parking zones
- take extra care at junctions and roundabouts
How can I claim for a bike accident?
If you’ve been injured in a bike accident and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim road accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping consumers to claim compensation for personal injuries for many years and our team of highly trained lawyers boasts expertise in a wide range of claims, from car crash compensation to slip, trip and fall claims.
If you’ve been injured in the last three years and you have the evidence to prove that you were not to blame, call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500, or visit our website and fill in a 30-second eligibility questionnaire, to find out more about the simple and convenient no-win no-fee* claims process.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice