Recreational cycling is a great way to keep fit and see the sights of another town, but it is also beneficial to use your bicycle as a means of transport. Cycling paths are popping up all over the UK and many people have been influenced heavily by the Commonwealth Games to take up cycling more regularly. There are also many environmental benefits to cycling and a lot of regular drivers have also seen the financial benefits to using their bike as a means of getting to work. Although cyclists are becoming more abundant on the roads, they are still among the most vulnerable road users, along with motorcyclists and pedestrians.
Cyclists should ensure that they steer clear of large vehicles such as buses and HGVs and they should also consider their visibility to other road users. Wearing high visibility clothing can help in the dark and in poor weather conditions. In addition, attaching lights to your bike is now a requirement and is also a great safety precaution. Cyclists involved in a road accident may suffer from more serious injuries due to their vulnerability. Cyclist brain damage can occur if you are thrown from your bike by another vehicle.
Safety precautions for cyclists
Visibility is extremely important as drivers may not be aware of your presence. However, if you make yourself known and a driver knocks you off your bike, they could be at fault. They may not have been looking where they were going or they may have been driving without taking care. If you are wearing a helmet, the risk of cyclist brain damage is reduced, but your injuries could still be extensive. You could seek legal advice and make a claim against the driver at fault for your accident.
Contacting legal representation
If you have been injured during a road traffic accident and there is evidence that the other driver was negligent, you could make a claim for compensation to the driver’s insurance company. Accident Advice Helpline has a team of advisers who can provide you with no-obligation advice on your case and you have the opportunity to go ahead with your claim using our representatives. The no win, no fee policy we have in place ensures that your finances will not be affected if you go ahead with your claim for compensation with our expert team. Give us a call to discuss your case today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown