More than 23,000 road traffic accidents involving cyclists occurred in London alone between 2009 and 2013. Statistically, according to the Department for Transport, you’re more likely to be involved in an accident on the road if you’re riding a bike, rather than driving a car, van or heavy goods vehicle and personal injuries for cyclists can vary greatly in severity.
If you’ve been involved in a bike accident or you’ve been hit by a car and you were not to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation.
What kinds of injuries are most common among cyclists?
Road accidents can result in varying degrees of injury; however, cyclists are particularly vulnerable to serious injury because they are usually hit by heavier vehicles and their level of protection is very low. In a car, you have a strong shell around you and safety features, such as airbags; however, if you’re riding a bike, the highest level of protection you will have is likely to be a helmet and some padded clothing.
Examples of injuries, which may occur as a result of a collision on the road between a bike and car include:
- head injuries
- spinal injuries
- fractures and dislocations
- cuts, lacerations and grazes
- internal bleeding
Safety tips for drivers: Reducing the risk of cycling accidents
Many collisions between bikes and cars occur because the driver of the car fails to spot the bike. Whether you’re driving on country roads or commuting into the centre of a major town or city, it’s important to be aware of bikes; here are some useful safety tips:
- always check your mirrors before you turn, overtake or exit a roundabout
- always check your blind spot
- take extra care on roundabouts
- reduce your speed and give cyclists room
- always check your mirrors before opening your car door
If you ride a bike on a regular basis, there are also some simple steps you can follow to reduce your risk of being involved in a car crash and sustaining road traffic accident injuries, these include:
- wear reflective clothing
- always wear a helmet
- use lights when it is dark or visibility is reduced
- take extra care when cycling past queuing traffic and turning at junctions
- signal well in advance of a junction to let other vehicles know which way you are turning
- watch out for car doors
Claiming bike accident compensation
If you’ve been injured on the road and you were not at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, to talk to an expert personal injury lawyer about claiming road traffic accident compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice