Don’t want to find yourself nursing a bike injury? Make yourself highly visible on the road and you are less likely to end up as just another statistic. Drivers have blind spots so keep an eye on their indicators and position yourself behind the vehicle in such a way as to capture their attention.
Cycle friendlier roads
London and Bristol are two areas of the UK which have become aware of the fact that cyclists have to operate on a road system which has not been designed for them. Looking at aerial views of the UK, it is evident that there are very few roads which accommodate a mix of both heavy and lightweight vehicles.
Cycles are an unprotected form of transport which have to intermingle with drivers who are encased by metal. They also have to merge into fast moving traffic on a piece of apparatus which is very slow moving. As such, they become highly vulnerable when travelling in such an environment.
It is also clear that a cyclist has to behave differently to a car driver and a bike carries the risk of becoming destabilised. When you view things from such an angle, it is easy to see why a cyclist can encounter a nasty bike injury whilst navigating UK roads.
When you have an accident that was not your fault
Too many cyclists nurse a bike injury due to lack of experience. Those who fall into this category are children cycling to and from school, older people who are already wobbly yet hang shopping bags from the handle bars and middle aged individuals who decide to take up cycling purely for health purposes but have not mounted the saddle for over twenty years.
However, for every cyclist that was injured on the road because they were poorly equipped to be out and about, there is another who was unfairly injured through absolutely no fault of their own. Cyclists are often overlooked by other road users, and put in danger because of other motorists negligence. In these situations, it is only right and justified that the cyclist seeks legal advice about claiming compensation for their injuries.
We can help
If you have suffered a bike injury through no fault of your own and want to know if you are in a position to file a claim, why not discuss the incident with Accident Advice Helpline. Our specialist personal injury lawyers have over a decade of experience of handling these types of claims, and are well placed to help you secure the maximum amount of compensation possible.
You can contact us via our freephone number on: 0800 689 0500 or ring from your mobile on: 0333 500 0993. You can can also Text “claim365” to 88010. If you want to find out right now if you are eligible to claim, why not fill out the thirty second test right here on our website.
Date Published: April 21, 2015
Author: David Brown