If you are walking in a pedestrianised area you would not expect to be in any danger from anything on wheels. However there are cases in which cyclists ride through pedestrianised areas, even though there are often clear signs telling them they should not do so. There have also been cases where cyclists ride extremely fast and are not always seen by people who do not expect them to be there in the first place.
Anyone who has ever been injured by a cyclist in a pedestrian area will know how painful the injuries can be. Anyone can suffer nasty injuries as a result of such a collision. Furthermore it is very easy for a cyclist to travel at upwards of 15 to 20 miles per hour – and that is not a speed anyone would want to experience if they were hit by something going that fast. Cyclists should use roads and not pavements and they should not be in an area designated for pedestrians to use.
How easy is it for an accident to happen in this situation?
It is easier than you might think. For starters a cyclist can approach very quietly indeed. They have no engine and therefore while you can hear the sound of tyres on pavement you may not be fully aware of it. This is particularly the case if the area is noisy. You could easily step slightly into the path of an approaching cyclist coming towards you from behind without even realising it. If they are cycling fast the chances of being knocked flying certainly potentially increase. Thankfully most cyclists are considerate of pedestrians.
Make sure you get no-obligation advice if you’ve been injured
If you know there is evidence that a cyclist was negligent and caused you to have an accident, call Accident Advice Helpline now. We can provide no-obligation advice that is completely free of charge. If our professional injury compensation lawyers believe you have a good case they may support you all the way through a no win, no fee* claim. Compensation might be a possibility so find out now by calling 0800 689 0500 to discover more. This is the best way to get the answers you deserve.
Date Published: April 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen