More people are choosing to walk to their destination and a larger number of people are opting to cycle instead of drive. Not only are these healthier ways to travel, they also help the environment and can reduce the cost you pay out in travel every day. To keep safe while cycling on the roads, always wear protective clothing.
You could wear a helmet and padding to reduce the effects of injury should you be involved in an accident. In order to ensure that other motorists can see you clearly, wear high visibility clothing or bright colours, particularly in the dark. It is also a legal requirement for cyclists to fit lights to their bike to stay visible to other road users.
Pedestrians may not be able to wear high visibility clothing, but they can take some simple steps to ensure that they stay safe. Try to cross at traffic lights when you can and look both ways while you are crossing as well as before you step onto the road. Take out earphones to ensure that you hear any cars or even cyclists.
Try not to look at your mobile phone when crossing the road, even at a red light, as there could be a rogue cyclist or motorist who skips through the stop light. A collision between a pedestrian and cyclist can cause serious injuries, particularly if both are on the road or are knocked onto the road. If you have taken safety precautions and you are involved in an accident, the other road user may have been at fault.
Pedestrian-cyclist accident claims
Accidents between a pedestrian and cyclist can occur, particularly if a cyclist chooses to ride on the pavement instead of the road. However, they can cause serious injuries if the cyclist has ridden through a red light or if a pedestrian steps out in front of them without looking.
It can be dangerous if one or both parties are on the road or fall onto the road. If you have sustained injuries in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you could be entitled to compensation.
Making your claim
If you have been involved in a pedestrian-cyclist accident, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you if you wish to make a compensation claim.
Call us free on our 24-hour helpline to discuss your case and we will be able to help you obtain the evidence you need to pursue your claim.
Our solicitors have been helping victims of road traffic accidents for almost 14 years so you will be in safe hands if you choose to pursue your claim with us.
Date Published: November 13, 2014
Author: David Brown