It’s estimated that in the UK alone, almost 20,000 cyclists are killed or injured on our roads, either after collisions with motor vehicles, clashes with pedestrians or other forms of road traffic accidents.
So if you make your living by riding a bike, say as a bicycle courier, you are taking your life into your own hands every day that you go to work.
For many cyclists, the key to avoiding road accidents is being aware of the many dangers that can be around every corner.
So here are just some of the perils that bicycle couriers face on a daily basis:
- Motorists driving into the paths of cyclists
Many motorists are oblivious to the fact that bikes are even there, which is often the cause of cycling accidents. When riding through traffic cyclists should always assume that a motorist is unable to see them and watch for vehicles drifting into their path.
- Motorists turning in front of cyclists
When a motorist is pulling out of a junction, they are usually so busy looking for other vehicles that they don’t see a cyclist until it’s too late. This is one of the most common forms of cycling accidents and one that all bicycle couriers should be aware of.
- Road Works
When a road is being worked on it will often be made usable for motorists, but little consideration is given to cyclists. Quite often, things like lane closures and contra-flow systems will mean cyclists have little room to manoeuvre.
- Pot holes and damaged roads
Badly kept roads can be bad enough when you are in a car or van, but hitting a pothole on a bike can be a serious matter. When riding on any road, a cyclist should always anticipate the fact that they may ride over a potentially dangerous area of road surface.
Have you been injured on the road as a cyclist?
If you have been injured while cycling, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim for compensation that you deserve. We deal with all forms of compensation claims, from slips, trips and falls to accidents at work and road accidents.
All claims are processed by our experienced, skilled lawyers who maintain a no win no fee* policy at all times. Call our 24/7 free phone number today on 0800 689 0500 for obligation-free, confidential advice on how to claim compensation and we will be happy to discuss your case further.