Getting the height, angle and vertical positioning of bicycle saddles wrong can result in a variety of personal injuries to cyclists. This is partly due to the angle of the knees in relation to pedals and the saddle being wrong; extra strain on the neck and lower back, or too much weight resting on the cyclist’s arms and mid-back.
Saddle too high or too low
A saddle that is too high or too low could, for example, cause:
- Front (anterior) knee pain
- Neck pain
- Ilio-Tibial Band tendinitis
- Hamstring tendinitis
- Lower back pain
A low or downward tilted saddle may also cause pain or numbness in the hands.
Experiencing serious pain in the legs, knees, arms or hands, back or neck while cycling could easily result in a cyclist becoming unsteady and suffering an injury by falling or causing a road traffic accident. Depending on the circumstances and the type and speed of vehicles involved, traffic accidents involving cyclists can have serious consequences. Cycling injuries in road accidents can range from minor grazes, cuts and bruises through broken limbs and severe lacerations to serious head, abdominal, neck or back injuries. Such injuries could cripple a cyclist for life or, worse still, kill him or her.
Cycling related accidents are not necessarily the result of poorly-positioned saddles or cyclists’ errors. All too often, motorists fail to see or ignore cyclists, drive too fast to react in time to prevent cycle and vehicle collisions or clip cyclists when taking corners too fast and too tight. A cyclist may also be hit by a car and thrown into a ditch or hedge if a driver gets too close while overtaking her or him. On or immediately in front of roundabouts, such a manoeuvre could also throw a cyclist into the path of other passing vehicles.
When others cause injuries
When this happens, and a cyclist is injured by the mistake of another road user, the cyclist may be eligible for compensation. Cycling injury compensation can be claimed by contacting an experienced injury solicitor, like those working for the Accident Advice Helpline, for instance.
Accident Advice Helpline
Established 14 years ago, this law firm has an in-house team of legal professionals with years of experience in all types of personal injury compensation, from cycling or motorcycling to driver and passenger injury compensation. Give their freephone helpline advisers a call on 0800 689 0500 to learn more.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice