Most of us will encounter obstacles on the roads from time to time. Even traffic is construed as an obstacle for example. However cycling obstacles causing accidents are particularly concerning because a potential hazard that wouldn’t worry a car driver could be a very serious prospect for a cyclist. Take a pothole for example. A reasonably large or deep pothole may not be of too much concern to a car driver, since the wheels of a car could roll right over it without incident. However, a cyclist could catch their wheel in it and be thrown off their bike in a matter of seconds.
As you can imagine, cycling obstacles causing accidents can potentially crop up on the roads from time to time in this way. In a split second someone could suffer an injury that could potentially change their life forever.
Why are cyclists more vulnerable?
Cyclists should wear a crash helmet and protective clothing wherever possible. However, they are not protected the same way a car driver would be if something went wrong. If a cyclist hits an obstacle they are likely to be thrown clear of their bike. If a car driver hit something they would still remain in their car.
Accident Advice Helpline has been able to help out some cyclists who have been involved in situations like this in the past. An obstacle may look fairly innocent to the majority of road users but to a cyclist it could be very dangerous indeed. If that hazard should not have been present it could mean someone was potentially negligent.
Staying safe when cycling
Obviously you have to be very alert whenever you are cycling on the roads. However, it is sometimes not easy to see a hazard until you are right on top of it. In these cases an accident can occur very quickly indeed, leaving the cyclist with no time to react. Potholes are typical of this type of accident. They can be hard to spot, especially in wet weather if they are filled with rain.
Knowing what to do after an accident like this can be tricky. However, we would like to suggest you give us a call here at Accident Advice Helpline. If you are able to do this you can determine whether a no win, no fee* compensation claim could be a possibility. Call our free 24/7 enquiry line today on 0800 689 0500 to see whether you could make a claim in your case.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown