If you ever cycle at night it makes sense to ensure you are easily visible and easy to see for other road users. For example you should have proper bright lights on your bicycle at the front and rear, while it is also a good idea to make sure the appropriate reflectors are mounted on your bike and are clear of mud and anything else that might make them hard to see. You should also wear a reflective jacket or vest of some kind that makes it easier for drivers to see you are a cyclist and you need to be given a wide berth.
It is actually less likely for accidents to occur at night for cyclists according to some statistics. However this doesn’t mean you should be lax about the potential for dangers to occur. For example you should always make sure you are able to stay safe and that you take every conceivable precaution whenever you go out on your bike. Not all car drivers will be looking for cyclists in the road, so if you ride sensibly you can at least be sure they will see you when they do come across you while they are driving.
What might happen in a night time cycling accident?
This type of accident can happen on country roads or in more built-up areas. Since it is dark it can be more difficult to see potential hazards around you, regardless of how you use the road. This holds true for cyclists as well as drivers. As such the more visible you can be and the easier you make it to see your surroundings, the easier it is for you to stay safe while out cycling at night. Strong lights mean you will be seen more easily, but they also permit you to see the road ahead.
Call us now if you’ve had a night time cycling accident
If you were injured on your bicycle and you think it was someone else’s fault, you should think of calling Accident Advice Helpline. As long as the accident occurred within the last three years you can speak with a professional injury compensation lawyer. They have the experience to determine whether your case is warranted and whether a no win, no fee* claim might be possible. Call 0800 689 0500 today to learn more and to see whether you can make such a claim.
Date Published: March 6, 2015
Author: David Brown