Cycling is a very healthy, fun activity, but there is always a risk of personal injuries. To help prevent cycling accidents, it is necessary to ensure you pick the right bike out of all the different types of bikes on the market.
Types of bikes on the market
Designed to suit specific purposes and terrains, different bikes on the market include:
- Road bikes, including cyclo-cross, touring and time trial/triathlon bicycles; flat-bar road and fixed gear/track bikes
- Mountain bikes and hybrid bikes (cross between road and mountain bikes)
- Cruiser bikes and flat-foot comfort bicycles
- City, BMX and folding bikes
- Recumbent bikes, tandem bicycles and adult tricycles
Selecting the right bike to suit your purpose, age and size are imperative if cycling injuries are to be prevented. Expecting a 10-year old to go mountain biking whilst riding an adult triathlon bicycle, for example, could all too easily result in injuries by falling off the bike.
Causes of cycling mishaps
Lack of experience and mechanical failure are among the most common causes of accidents involving bicycles. In addition to choosing the right bike, it is therefore also imperative to:
- Ensure you know how to properly and safely ride a bike (especially if cycling on the road)
- Maintain your bike properly
- Carry out cycle safety checks
Sometimes, however, even the most experienced, careful cyclists on perfectly maintained bikes can fall victim to accidents on the road.
Other road users
In some cases, traffic accidents involving cycles are caused by motorists failing to see cyclists due to lack of attention or poor weather conditions. Poor road conditions (potholes, uneven road surfaces) can also cause cyclists to be injured by falling into the path of traffic.
No fault incidents
If you were injured in a cycling accident for which someone else was responsible, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. You can make a cycling injury claim if your biking accident occurred within the past three years.
Accident Advice Helpline
We have over 16 years’ experience in securing cycling injury compensation for people who were injured through no fault of their own. Able to conduct most claims almost entirely over the telephone, we can help you obtain the compensation due to you, too. For more information, helpful advice and to get one of our experienced lawyers assigned to your case, pick up the phone or your mobile and call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 now.
Date Published: February 21, 2017
Author: Accident Advice