Year in year out over 19,500 cyclists take to the road. Many escape injury through pure luck but some are not so fortunate and are seriously injured or killed. If you want to avoid being one of the many hundreds who will need to make one of those all important bike claims, the best advice is to read and apply the laws of the Highway Code. Practise safe cycling and the roads can remain a safe place for you and your bike.
Get on your bike and ride
Although traffic is excessively busy in today’s busy world, people should not be afraid to cycle in and amongst traffic. With a bit of confidence, a well maintained bike and a lot of road sense, motorists will become aware of your presence and treat you with the respect that you deserve.
One important thing is to make sure that motorists see you. Make visible eye contact with car drivers so as they are aware of your presence. Be sure to use clear hand signals. If riding on a cycle path, use your bell to alert passengers of your presence.
Bike claims are on the increase
Some bike claims are the result of a motorist failing to spot a cyclist on the left hand side of the road. If that driver fails to indicate that he is going left, the cyclist will naturally assume that he is going straight on. If that car should turn left, the cyclist could be knocked off. Never assume that a motorist will indicate, always hang back a little until the vehicle has completed its maneuver. This will help to avoid any nasty accidents.
Your name could well end up buried between a mountain of other bike claims when a car does not give a cyclist a wide berth. All too often, drivers overtake far too closely. This could force the rider into the kerb or knock him off his bike completely and into mainstream traffic.
If you did everything in your power to prevent becoming another one of those bike claims which solicitors deal with on a daily basis, why not ring a company such as Accident Advice Helpline to find out how you can proceed with a claim. Call the freephone number on 0800 689 0500, or call from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: April 21, 2015
Author: David Brown