Cycling is a rewarding activity. Many people go to and from work by bike, while others do it in their spare time as a form of exercise. However, you do it, the last thing you would expect would be to get knocked off your bike. Even more unusual would be a situation that sees a cyclist knocked over by a dog. If this has ever happened to you, you will know how frustrating and painful it can be.
Dogs should be trained by their owners to act in a responsible manner at all times. This holds true regardless of whether they are on or off the lead. In theory people should be in control of their dogs whether they are on a lead or not. However, if this is not the case and a dog races off to see another person, you could become a cyclist knocked over by a dog quite easily indeed.
What might happen in these circumstances?
If you are on a cycle path and a dog knocks you over, you could sustain some serious injuries in the fall. Even if you are well away from the road you might still be injured by hitting the pavement or cycle path. The speed at which a dog can potentially come out of nowhere and hit you can be devastating at times. Even if you are wearing a cycle helmet you might end up injuring some other part of your body. This can particularly happen to hands and knees as you hit the pavement.
Accident Advice Helpline has dealt with a number of cases where a cyclist knocked over by a dog has got in touch for no-obligation advice. This is always the best thing to do to understand the facts of the situation.
Recovering from injuries
It is not just a matter of recovering from physical injuries in this situation. There are cases where the cyclist may become very nervous of dogs from this point on, and this would be totally understandable. There is also potential damage to the bike to consider.
Accident Advice Helpline might be able to assist you. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about whether we might be able to support you through a no win, no fee* compensation claim after an accident of this nature. One free call might help.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen