On Saturday 3 January 2015, a cyclist in his 70s was rushed to hospital following a Malvern crash. The patient was taken by paramedics to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, with a serious head injury.
Unfortunately, suffering a personal injury from a road accident is a risk all cyclists have to be aware of. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is a UK charity which aims to save lives and reduce road-related injuries.
RoSPA states that every year 19,000 cyclists are killed or injured in reported road accidents. The majority of accidents occur during daylight and the most high-risk areas are at or near a road junction. Therefore, before you get on your bike, it is wise to take some precautions to help you have an accident-free journey.
What can I do to prevent suffering a road traffic accident on my bike?
Cycling is not a risk-free activity, but there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of suffering a personal injury on the road while cycling.
- Ensure that you take steps to enhance your visibility on the road, so that motorists can clearly see you. Wearing a high-visibility jacket is a good way to do this.
- Always wear a helmet. It could save your life if you are knocked off your bike by a road collision.
- Cyclists must obey the Highway Code like any other vehicle, so always stop for traffic lights and road signs.
- Don’t cycle under the influence of alcohol, or use your mobile phone while cycling. This will greatly reduce your chances of being involved in a vehicle accident.
What should I do if I have suffered an injury on the road?
If you have suffered an injury on the road, due to a road traffic accident or another incident that was no fault of your own, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with 15 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation claim industry, and we can help you to make a successful personal injury claim. Our telephone lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, and we also have a quick and easy 30-second test compensation calculator on our website.
We work on a strict 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, so you won’t be left out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful. If you’ve been the victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault, get in touch with us today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you can claim compensation.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice