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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Dangerous careers: Bicycle courier


    Capable of delivering messages and packages quickly, bicycle couriers are a common sight in most cities. Typically travelling at high speeds and often taking risks in order to get to their destination as fast as possible, a bicycle courier is continually exposed to an array of occupational hazards.

    Bicycle courier risks in traffic

    One of the main risks a bicycle courier faces every time he climbs onto his bike is, of course, becoming the victim of a road traffic accident.

    Riding at high speed through often dense and/or fast moving traffic, even a bicycle courier who exercises utmost caution and observes all traffic rules is at risk of being hit by a vehicle or a suddenly opening car door, losing control and swerving or falling into the path of other vehicles when trying to avoid careless pedestrians, strollers, other cyclists, dogs or puddles, and so on. Lack of high-visibility vests and/or helmets further increases the risk of being injured by accidents on the road. Traffic accidents are, however, not the only risks a bicycle courier has to deal with.

    Other bike courier risks

    The pressure of having to deliver items on time while trying to avoid collisions with other road users can result in stress-related disorders. Bad weather not only increases the risk of having a cycling accident, it also exposes riders to the risk of becoming ill (especially if clothing unsuitable for prevailing weather conditions is worn). Exposure to fume-filled and otherwise polluted air may also result in respiratory illnesses and the pure physical strain of cycling could eventually lead to problems with knee or wrist joints.

    More potential risks

    In addition, lack of proper training could result in cycles being loaded badly. Unbalanced loads could, for example, result in a courier being injured by falling. Poorly maintained cycles or inappropriate equipment could also result in accidents at work for couriers. Typically working alone, couriers are also at risk of robberies (especially when handling money) and violent physical attacks, in particular when dealing with aggressive, drugged or drunken clients.

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    Injuries at work

    If you suffered a personal injury in a work-related accident (traffic-related or otherwise) and someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to work injury compensation. Our in-house solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline form part of a nationwide legal team with more than 15 years’ experience in handling work injury claims. Enlist our help now by dialling 0333 500 0993 on your mobile phone or 0800 689 0500 on your landline.

    Date Published: December 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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