According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), in 2012, just under 90,000 adults and children were involved in a road traffic accident, while riding a bike, that left them injured.
Although this scale included an array of road-related injuries of varying severity, it included 118 fatalities, making bicycle accidents a prominent risk on our roads today.
Using your bicycle to travel to work is not only good for the environment, but good for your health as well. All the benefits are in vain, however, if you choose not to ride safely and experience an accident on the road.
Safety tips for commuting to work on a bicycle
- Always ride three feet away from parked cars to avoid being ‘doored’ and knocked off your bike.
- Ensure you are wearing protective clothing such as helmets and pads. This can significantly decrease the level of your injury should you experience a road-related accident.
- Do not use pavements, ride on the left-hand side of the road, with the natural flow of traffic.
- Be seen. Wear bright clothing during the day, and fit head and tail-lights to your bike for evening and night use. Reflectors are also advisable, both on your bike and on your person.
- Maintain your bicycle. Keep up to date with checks on brakes and tyres to prevent any avoidable accidents due to issues with your bike.
What to do in the event of a road traffic accident
Whatever your vehicle of choice, if you are involved in a road traffic accident it is important to remain as calm as possible and desist from placing blame on any third-party drivers or rides.
- Collate the following information:
- Contact details of any third-party drivers/riders (name, address, telephone number)
- Witness details (as above) and a statement, if possible
- Registration numbers, where applicable, for any vehicles involved in the collision
- Insurance policy numbers of any third-party drivers/riders
- Details of any damage to vehicles (photographs can be useful)
- A police report number and/or collision care pack
This information will not only be helpful for you for insurance purposes, it also consists of the vital details needed should you decide to claim personal injury compensation for any harm you have suffered as a result of the vehicle collision.
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Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice