Cyclists are becoming more abundant on Britain’s roads as people strive to live healthier, more environmentally friendly lifestyles. However, cyclists are still among the most vulnerable road users, which means that they should exercise caution when out on the roads. Although there are many dedicated cycle paths, there may be a need to use the busy roads for travel, particularly when using your bike to travel to work in the mornings. This means that you are a road user and should follow the rules just like any driver.
Cyclists should also take precautions to ensure that they are visible and able to be seen by other road users. High-visibility clothing can be worn to ensure that drivers are aware of your presence in the dark and reflectors can be attached to your bike to help with visibility. You should also attach lights to the front and back of your bike. If you are concerned about your safety on the road, it is a good idea to invest in some protective clothing such as a cyclist helmet and padding. This will prevent serious injuries if there is a dangerous road user who puts your safety at risk. Injured road cyclists could be entitled to compensation where there is evidence that someone else was at fault for an accident or collision.
Road traffic accident compensation
Cyclists may take extra precautions to ensure their safety, but it only takes one careless driver to cause an accident on the road. If you have been knocked from your bike by a speeding driver or a driver who was not looking where they were going, you could be entitled to compensation. If another road user made a poor decision or was reckless when making a turn, you could also make a claim if you have been injured while on your bike.
Where to get help with your claim
Injured road cyclists can receive help and support with a personal injury claim from our team at Accident Advice Helpline. Our team of advisors can offer you no-obligation advice and support if you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was someone else’s fault. If you are looking for representation, our team can refer you to one of our in-house solicitors who will be able to support you throughout the claims process. Just give us a call free on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your claim today.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown