A great deal of cycling accidents are caused by cyclists braking suddenly or too sharply while going downhill. Sharp braking on the descent can not only throw cyclists off balance or cause them to veer suddenly off their established line, it can, if the front brake is used, also result in the cyclist being thrown forward, over the handlebars and potentially into oncoming traffic.
Experts advise cyclists to avoid cycling injuries by only using their brakes when absolutely necessary. Scanning the road ahead for changes in the surface and other hazards often allows cyclists to slow down in plenty of time without having to resort to sharp braking manoeuvres likely to result in personal injuries.
Gently does it
If using brakes does become necessary, the following procedures should enable cyclists to slow down or stop without increasing their risk of accidental injuries. To slow the cycle down, both brakes should be applied simultaneously and evenly, while at the same time moving the body weight backwards (keeping the pressure light). If speed needs to be slowed down significantly or an emergency stop is required, the same procedure is required, but instead of applying the brakes just once and then releasing them, they should be applied repeatedly in a pumping action.
Other road users
Sometimes road traffic accidents involving cyclists are not caused by cyclists’ errors, but by the actions of others. Driving without the necessary care and attention, drivers often fail to see cyclists until it is too late. In other traffic accidents, cyclists are knocked off their bikes by drivers overtaking them too closely, or clipping them while turning or taking corners too tightly. Children on bicycles are often hit by cars when they suddenly emerge from behind walls, hedges or stationary vehicles. Often, the resulting injuries could have been less severe or prevented altogether if drivers had not been speeding.
When others cause accidents
In cases where cyclists are injured in road accidents caused by others, the injured cyclist may be able to claim for cycling injury compensation. In a similar manner, if drivers or passengers of four-wheeled vehicles sustain injuries because a cyclist made a mistake, they could possibly claim passenger or driver injury compensation. Whatever may be the case, if you were hurt because of someone else’s error in the past three years, call the freephone number provided by Accident Advice Helpline now to find out if you are eligible to claim for compensation.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice