At Accident Advice Helpline we don’t just help you make claims if you feel a third party has compromised your livelihood, we also advise you on how to be safe. The world can be a dangerous place and this often holds more truth if you’re a cyclist. Of course, there are always measures you can take to ensure that you’re being as safe and careful as possible, this begins with the equipment you use.
Cycling safety equipment
It’s worth noting that it’s of paramount importance that the bike you ride is in good condition. There is a range of bikes on the market which suit the needs of riders, whether this is a road bike, mountain bike or speed bike. Every time you take your bike out you should make sure you do a thorough safety check. These checks should include tyres, chain and gears. That being said, once things are out of your control in the event of a collision or crash, you need protective gear to look after you.
Wearing a helmet is the most important thing for a cyclist as there is always the chance of a head injury. Being catapulted over the handlebars of a bike can have catastrophic consequences for a person’s future and if this happens, you most likely have a right to compensation.
Make sure that you’re wearing gloves, knee and elbow pads and the correct shoes to help protect you from serious lacerations in the event of a collision.
Preventive measures can be taken as well. Wearing high-visibility clothing can aid cyclists in bad weather as well as weather strobe lights on helmets and on the front and back of your bikes. Furthermore, reflective tape can be placed on your bike to increase visibility at night and in the early morning or in gloomy weather.
Using the best cycling safety equipment might ensure your bones remain intact if you get hit by another cyclist or you are in a road traffic accident.
Do you think you should be compensated?
If your grievance has occurred in the last three years and you aren’t to blame, then you are entitled to claim even if it’s a common cycling accident. Call our line which runs 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 or call us from your mobile phone on 0800 689 0500. You can take our 30-second test to determine if you are in fact eligible to claim.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice