Cycle lanes are designed to make life safer for those people who want to get from A to B by using a bicycle. There are many more of them available today than there were in the past, although by some accounts there is the potential for cycle lanes to be badly designed instead of working well for all concerned.
Claiming compensation for a cycle lane accident is a possibility in some cases where an accident occurs that was not the cyclist’s fault. For example a poorly-designed lane could run through the centre of a paved area designed for pedestrians. Unless it is clearly marked and visible to pedestrians in a variety of ways, it could well be that they don’t see it. This can cause a cyclist to crash if they cannot get out of the way of a pedestrian who is using the lane without realising.
The idea of cycle lanes is to provide a safe area for cyclists to ride on without being in the main road. The vast majority of them work well and are indeed safer but as you can see this does not always apply.
How common are cycle lane accidents?
It depends on the area involved. Just as some roads seem to be accident black spots, so some cycle lanes seem to involve more accidents than they should. If the lane has been badly placed or poorly signed for example, it could lead to more accidents instead of trying to prevent them for those using the lanes. While these accidents tend to be at low speed, they can still result in injuries for pedestrians and cyclists alike. Since no one wants this to happen, the better-planned these lanes are the less likely it is they will see accidents.
Could you be claiming compensation for a cycle lane accident?
If you’ve had an accident in a cycle lane within the past three years, you could be entitled to compensation as a result. It depends on the particular circumstances surrounding the incident, so the sooner you call our free 24/7 enquiry line to find out more, the sooner you will know whether Accident Advice Helpline can help you win potential compensation. We’ve already helped many other clients just like you, and our professional injury compensation lawyers are here to determine whether we can support you too. Give us a call to find out now.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims