Thousands of people enjoy cycling, and a growing number of people are opting to use pedal power as their choice of transport in a bit to be greener, cleaner and to travel more cheaply. Cycling can be fun and research shows that children who cycle are more confident, more independent and perform better at school and of course they are keeping fit into the process! But there is a downside to this new wave of activity. A two-wheel mode of transport which is entirely open to the elements can leave a child with very little protection if he or she is involved in a road traffic accident.
Future technology will help motorists spot cyclists
Cyclists can be easily hit by cars, vans and Lorries pulling out of side streets without adequate care and attention or with a poor view of what is behind them. It is absolutely crucial that all road users pay every type of vehicle and pedestrians equal respect and do not just focus on big vehicles. But in many cycling accidents, cars claim to have completely failed to see a bicycle until it was too late. Jaguar Land Rover is currently developing new technology to detect cyclists, pedestrians and similar hazards. The Bike Sense technology will be fitted into the vehicle and make a bike bell sound to warn motorists of a nearby cyclist and use LED lights on dashboards and windscreen pillars to help drivers identify the exact position of a bike or pedestrian in relation to the car.
Accidents involving children hit by cars tend to be during the day between 3.00 and 6.00 pm and 8.00 to 9.00 am on weekdays, in other words, on the trips to and from school and accidents that happen in the dark are more likely to result in fatalities. A key factor in all accidents is a failure to look properly by either the driver or rider, especially at junctions.
How to make a compensation claim
If your child has been involved in a road traffic accident in the last three years and it can be shown that someone else is to blame, the law states he or she should be compensated. Personal injury law firm Accident Advice Helpline can help determine if you are in a position to pursue this course of action. We have years of experience of helping people in a wide range of situations, so why not call us now on 0800 689 0500? To get an indication of what you might stand to receive if any claim is successful you can also use the 30-second claim calculator on our website.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown