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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."

    Esther Rantzen

    Safety checks to make before cycling

    In 2012, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) reported that almost 90,000 cyclists – adults and children – were injured in a road traffic accident.

    Of course, the nature of injuries always vary, from minor lacerations and bruising to more severe injuries, in this case, including 118 fatalities. These figures support the fact that cycling-related injuries are some of the most worrying of all, with a definite risk on our roads for cyclists today.

    Avoiding a road traffic accident: Cycling safety checks

    One way to ensure you are well prepared for the road is to complete a few basic safety checks before you begin your journey. Not only will this give you peace of mind that your bike is fit for the road, it also means you are in the best possible position if a bicycle accident did occur.

    According to be-safe bicycle safety, the six point safety check to perform before use, is as follows:

    1. Check your tyres, their shape and their pressure.
    2. Check that your wheels spin freely.
    3. Ensure that your reflectors are secure and that your lights work.
    4. Test the brakes to make sure that they aren’t too tight or too loose.
    5. Check that the seat and handlebars and properly adjusted and comfortable.
    6. Confirm that you are comfortable and feel in control of the bike.

    Never ride your bike without a fitting helmet. Depending on your journey, you may also need eye protection as well as shin and elbow pads. Dress appropriately for the weather.

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    Have you been injured in a cycling-related accident?

    Have you been injured in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault? If so, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm you have suffered.

    When you follow the highway code and cycle responsibly, it isn’t fair that you should become victim to a road traffic accident and sustain an injury.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    In cases such as these, Accident Advice Helpline can advise you on your individual accident, suggesting the best course of legal action and determine if your claim would likely be successful if you did choose to pursue it.

    Working on a no win no fee* basis, Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience in achieving justice for those who really didn’t deserve to experience the trauma and after-effects of their road traffic accident.

    Date Published: February 26, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.