When it comes to cycling, there is a myriad of things that can go wrong. Regardless of whether or not you feel as though you are a good cyclist. Beware that there are a number of variables that can put your health and well-being at risk. We at Accident Advice Helpline are aware that certain things are outside of your control. Should you feel that you have had a life-altering accident and want to make a claim, get in touch as you have the right to claim for your loss. That being said, there are a number of cycling safety precautions to keep in mind to ensure your safety.
Cycling safety precautions
Helmets. They might be cumbersome and may not be fashionable but they will save your life. We advise you to wear one. Head injuries account for a large percentage of all cycling deaths. A common saying amongst cyclists is that a helmet only works once. Therefore it would be wise to replace a helmet after a collision to ensure the maximum protection. Bad accidents often result in compensation and you should not hesitate to contact us about making a claim.
Ensure that you always obey the rules of the road and understand what road signs mean. Ride with the flow of traffic and not against it. Adding to that, when changing direction, use hand signals to indicate to cars or other cyclists that you are deviating from your path.
With regards to pedestrians, always yield and remember that some pedestrians might be deaf, blind or otherwise disabled. Even something as simple as knocking a pedestrian can result in serious damage. However, if a pedestrian steps into the road without looking you might have a right to compensation. A particularly important safety precaution for cyclists in the UK is to avoid riding through puddles as there may be hazards concealed within.
When riding behind another vehicle, especially a truck or bus with low peripheral visibility, be careful when overtaking and make sure you never overtake on a blind corner as the results are potentially fatal. It would also help, given the kind of weather we experience in the U.K, to wear high-visibility products to make you more visible in the gloomy weather to cars and motorcyclists.
Your right to claim
As with anything, if you feel as though you have experienced foul play on the road or track, do not hesitate to get in contact. Call us on our helpline which runs 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, or from your mobile by dialling 0333 500 0993. You can also use our website to take the 30-second test to determine how much compensation you are entitled.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice