Roundabouts can be a hazardous place for cyclists – drivers of other vehicles don’t often look out for bikes, and could cut you off, causing you to brake suddenly and be thrown over the handlebars, or could hit you as they turn. With so many other vehicles on the road including cars, buses and lorries, it’s easy to see how injuries sustained by cyclists can be life-threatening.
Cyclist roundabout accidents are not uncommon, and whether you are new to cycling or an experienced cyclist, there are steps you can take to make yourself more visible and reduce your risk of being involved in a cyclist roundabout accident, including:
- Wearing reflective clothing such as vests, armbands and a rucksack
- Making sure your bike has lights when cycling at night
- Signalling your intentions to turn off the roundabout in plenty of time
- Manoeuvring carefully and paying attention to other drivers
- Always assuming that other drivers may not have seen you, and giving them time to react
Taking your time and approaching roundabouts with caution can reduce your risk of being struck by another vehicle, but if you are injured at a roundabout, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.
What injuries have you sustained?
Whether you have been struck by a car at a roundabout or thrown off your bike after having to manoeuvre to avoid a dangerous driver, you may have sustained some of the following injuries:
- Cuts, grazes and bruises
- Broken bones
- Head injuries including skull fracture
- Injuries to muscles and tendons
If you have been struck by another vehicle, it’s important to report this to the police, who will assess who is at fault for the accident. Remember that if you’re involved in an accident that isn’t your fault, you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation, and a three-year time limit applies.
An easy process
Claiming personal injury compensation is a fairly easy, straightforward process. Just contact Accident Advice Helpline, and we’ll tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. We’ll then gather evidence in support of your claim – in most cases you won’t even need to attend court – and work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Whether you have sustained minor injuries after a cycling accident at a roundabout or have been seriously hurt, pick up the phone and call our 24/7 freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to a member of the team. We’re here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, and because all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, you don’t even need to worry about upfront legal fees.
Date Published: January 22, 2015
Author: David Brown