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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

    Bike injury claim


    Some bike accidents are our own fault whilst others are caused by another person. For those of us who want to avoid a bike accident, it is important to act correctly on the road. Riding a bike, according to the rules of the Highway Code means operating those two wheels confidently, efficiently and safely. However, if you have already done this but were injured in an accident caused by another person you may want to think about starting a bike injury claim.

    Safe cycling

    One mistake new cyclists make is to drive too close to the kerb. Whilst this may provide a feeling of safety, it demonstrates to motorists that they feel quite vulnerable. Cycling too close to the pavement also makes the cyclist less visible and could cause the rider to swerve out into traffic to avoid an obstacle and thus land in the path of an oncoming vehicle. At the same time, cycling too far to the left can force a car or lorry driver to manoeuvre too far into oncoming traffic and thus cause an accident.

    Another problem arises when a cyclist fails to glance over his shoulder every ten seconds or so. Keeping a good eye on what is behind is just as important as keeping an eye on what is ahead. When you show awareness such as this, car drivers behave more respectfully towards you.  Such behaviour demonstrates a responsible attitude on the road.

    Avoid becoming another bike injury claim by viewing your cycle as a motorbike and behaving in a similar manner. For example, when heading towards a line of traffic waiting for a green light, do not be tempted to head to the front of the queue. If the lights change during this time and a vehicle wishes to go left, you could be very vulnerable. Far better to overtake on the right as this is where car drivers focus their attention when making a manoeuvre.

    Starting a bike injury claim

    If you have practised safe cycling but have been injured in a cycling accident that was not your fault then you could look into starting a personal injury claim. This is the process of claiming compensation from person who caused the accident in which you were injured.

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    Accident Advice Helpline for bike claims

    If you are reading this after a cycling accident, there is a lot more valuable advice waiting for you. Call us here at Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you are in a position to file a bike injury claim. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or ring the mobile number on: 0333 500 0993. You could also try our thirty second test on our website!

    Date Published: April 22, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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