Whilst riding a bike it’s important to stick to the rules of the road to prevent both yourself and others from becoming involved in a road traffic accident. As a demographic of road users, cyclists are extremely vulnerable to injury and accidents, and this is reflected in the statistics that are published each year which show that each year over 20,000 cyclists are injured or killed on UK roads. As a result, it’s important to take precautions to prevent the chances of an accident. However there are things you should do, like wear a helmet and reflective clothing and things you shouldn’t do, like riding a bike on the pavement.
Why do some people cycle on the pavement?
Cycling on the pavement is not permitted. Despite this, many people choose to do so as they believe it decreases the risk of them being involved in an accident on the road. However, cycling on the pavement increases the risk of causing pedestrians to be involved in an accident.
If I injure someone when riding on the pavement, am I liable?
Cycling on the pavement is illegal except where private landlords or local authorities have made an exception. As a result, those who choose to cycle on the pavement are liable to a fine of £30 (£60 in London). If you cycle on a pavement that has not been designated for cyclists and you injure someone, you will be liable for their injuries. Not only will you have to contend with the guilt of having injured someone else through negligence, you may also have a claim for personal injury compensation pursued against you, which could seriously damage your finances.
Claiming compensation for an accident involving a cyclist
If you’ve been injured by someone riding on the pavement and you weren’t to blame, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has been operating in all areas of personal injury compensation since 2000. We could help you to pursue a claim for compensation if you’ve been injured as the result of being involved in an accident with a cyclist. By calling 0800 689 0500, you can speak in the strictest of confidentiality with one of our friendly and knowledgeable advisors and you won’t be under any obligation to proceed with any claims that may be discussed.