An increasing number of people are choosing to use their bike as a form of transport and it can be a great way of getting your daily dose of exercise. It is also beneficial to the environment and can help you to safe money which would normally be spent on petrol and car parking. Many drivers on the road show respect to cyclists and allow them to pass without incident. However, where there are safe drivers, there are unsafe drivers, and not every road user will show the same courtesy to a cyclist. Ensure that you cannot be held liable for any potential accidents by keeping to cycle paths and stopping at red lights alongside other road users.
In addition, safety gear can prevent serious injury should there be a road traffic accident. High visibility clothing or bright clothes can ensure that other road users see you as you cycle past. Wearing appropriate headgear and padding can prevent head injuries and can reduce the effects of injuries to other parts of the body. Encourage children who cycle to follow the rules of the road to ensure that they reduce their risk of being involved in an accident. If another road user is driving carelessly and knocks you off your bike, you could be entitled to compensation for the accident. If you have suffered a cycling head injury or another injury, you may need representation to help with your case.
The importance of cycling safety
No matter how safe you are, someone else could potentially cause an accident on the road which could mean that you sustain an injury. Staying as safe as possible on the road reduces your chances of being involved in an accident and wearing the correct safety equipment could potentially safe you from life-threatening injuries. Be aware of your surroundings and try to stay at a safe distance from heavy goods vehicles to ensure that you are as safe as possible. Although you may be a safe road user, others may put your safety at risk. If you have suffered a cycling head injury or another injury, call the Accident Advice Helpline for assistance.
How we can help
As a law firm which specialises in personal injury claims, the Accident Advice Helpline can provide no-obligation advice regarding compensation claims for cycling accidents or other road traffic accidents. To get in touch, use our 30-second test online or pick up the phone and dial our free 24-hour helpline. We can help you to claim the compensation you deserve for an accident that was someone else’s fault.
Date Published: November 13, 2014
Author: David Brown