Riding a bike is not only great fun, it helps to keep you fit and healthy, and it’s good for the environment too. The government encourages us to walk or cycle to work, avoiding cars and public transport, to boost our fitness levels, ease congestion and reduce emissions, but did you ever stop to wonder how safe you are when cycling on the UK’s roads?
Every year, around 19,000 cyclists are seriously injured or killed on Britain’s roads, many of them children. Cycling can be hazardous, as you’re putting yourself at risk of being struck by other drivers in cars, buses and other vehicles, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself, including wearing reflective clothing and ensuring you allow other drivers plenty of time to react to your signals. If you’ve been hurt in a cycling accident, claiming compensation for serious cycling injuries may be possible – it’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to find out.
What injuries have you sustained?
Cycling injuries can range from minor to more serious – here are just a few of the types of injuries you could sustain after a cycling accident:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Serious brain injury
- Torn muscles or ligaments
If you have been struck by a negligent driver, you’re entitled to claim compensation for serious cycling injuries, so don’t miss out, as there’s a three-year time limit in place to make a claim. Most claims settle before they reach court, so it is unlikely you will have to attend court, and the amount of compensation you receive will take into account not only your pain and suffering but also any financial losses incurred in relation to your accident and injury, such as loss of earnings for time off work, or medical expenses.
Should you make a claim?
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we believe that if you have been injured through no fault of your own, you’re entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. We know that the claims process may seem a little daunting, but we are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice and the very highest standards of customer service – in fact, we’ve been endorsed by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen. It’s free to call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 and we’re open 24/7, so why not get in touch with us today to find out more?
Date Published: January 22, 2015
Author: David Brown