How to avoid accidents as a cyclist

Even though the automobile has long since superseded the humble bicycle as the primary transportation choice of the masses, there is still more than enough evidence to suggest that the cycling industry won’t be going out of business any time soon. Last year’s Olympics sparked a fresh interest in the sport of cycling thanks to the efforts of team GB’s heroic cycling team and the so-called ‘Boris bikes‘ in London have been a rousing success. So there are more cyclists on the roads than there have been in years and if you’re just starting out in the two-wheeled world you’ll probably want to give yourself a refresher course in how to stay safe.

It’s a bush we can’t help but beat around. Cycling is simply more dangerous than driving. It is also however more environmentally friendly, healthier and altogether more pleasant and as long as you use a fair amount of common sense and follow the safety tips below, you should never have to worry about the morning cycle into work.

Safety tips

  • Remember to signal with your arms when turning.
  • Remain a safe distance from the car in front of you. If it stops all of a sudden and you go careening into the back of it, it’s not only your bike that will be damaged.
  • If there is a cycle lane, stick to it.
  • Never overtake unless you absolutely have to. Remember, that 3 door Mini in front might not look particularly powerful but it’s got a good few hundred potential horse power and a few thousand pounds on you and your bike.
  • When riding at night, always ride with bike reflectors and wear high visibility clothing.
  • ALWAYS wear a helmet. Your brains are roughly the consistency of toothpaste and are not built to be thrown around your skull. Wearing a helmet might seem inconvenient but it might just save your life.

Making a personal injury claim with the Accident Advice Helpline if the worst does happen

Of course no matter how sensible and vigilant you are, you can’t control what’s happening with the other drivers on the road so accidents will happen. If you suffer a serious cycling injury in a traffic accident or have suffered one at any point in the past 3 years and are still suffering (either mentally or physically) then call the Accident Advice Helpline on our 24/7 hotline and a trained advisor will take your statement. The initial phone call is no obligation, but if you decide to take the claim further we will be with you every step of the way, holding your hand through all the confusion and legalese. We are a law firm who specialise in personal injury claims so with us you’ll be getting the most focused, reliable service on the market.

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