Poorly maintained bicycles can be responsible for all sorts of trouble, from grazing, bruises or cuts by falling off the bike to causing a potentially serious road traffic accident if, for example:
- Failing brakes prevent you from stopping in time to prevent vehicle collisions
- Loose or locking handle bars make it impossible to take corners or turns safely
- Tyres blow out and cause you to fall or veer into the line of traffic, causing you to be hit or run over by a vehicle
While cycling injuries by slipping or falling off the bike are often comparatively minor, cycling accidents involving other vehicles can have life-changing, even fatal consequences.
Cycling accident injuries caused when other vehicles are involved can include broken arms, legs or ribs; skull fractures or brain damage; serious neck, back and spinal, as well as abdominal injuries. Either way, such injuries by cycling accident can have long-term, life-changing effects. Spinal, head, abdominal and neck injuries in particular could even kill the injured individual either outright or after a prolonged period of suffering.
Keeping cycles maintained
Few cyclists would want to suffer such traumatic accidental injuries or put their families through the trauma of having to see a loved one suffer in this way, or perhaps even die. It is therefore vital to prevent road accidents by ensuring that your cycle is well maintained and checking brakes, tyres and tyre pressure; gear mechanisms and handle bars, as well as saddle position, chains, pedals, etc before every journey.
Keeping bicycles maintained well not only prevents causing traffic accidents and the resulting personal injuries. They can also prevent families from having serious financial difficulties by losing a main income provider, for example. Possibly having to pay compensation for damages and/or injuries inflicted on other road users would further add to these financial worries.
About compensation claims
Basically, cyclists and other road users have the right to claim for compensation if their injuries by accidents on the road were caused by another driver, cyclist or motorcyclist. This also applies to the passengers of vehicles involved in motoring accidents. Passenger injury compensation can, for instance, be claimed by passengers in private cars, buses, taxis, etc, or by passengers on the back of motorcycles. Injuries claimed for must have been suffered within the past three years, and claims can be initiated by calling the free Accident Advice Helpline advice line on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice