Travelling on the roads can be risky at any time of the year, but it is particularly hazardous when the winter months come in. The roads can be slippery, there may be low visibility due to snow or fog and people may be frustrated with the poor weather making them reckless on the road. If you are a cyclist and wish to take your bike out in the winter, you should exercise more caution than usual.
Try to stick to areas which have been treated for ice and snow if you can, and always remember to wear protective clothing, such as a helmet and padding. This can ensure that you do not suffer serious injuries if you fall off of your bike. Keep visible to other road users by wearing reflective clothing or high visibility clothing at night. You may want to wear this when it is foggy outside or there is heavy snowfall.
In addition, fit lights to your bike to ensure that you stay visible to other road users. Although many drivers do show respect and courtesy to other road users, there are still many reckless drivers out there. If you have been injured while on your bike, you may be able to win some compensation for a winter cycling accident that was someone else’s fault.
General cycling safety
Cyclists are among the most vulnerable road users, along with pedestrians therefore should take measures to keep themselves safe. Stick to designated cycle paths and ensure that you follow the same rules of the road as motorists.
It is also important to stay visible in poor weather conditions and avoid using your bike altogether if it is too icy or the snow is deep. Although many cyclists exercise caution, there may be other road users who do not show the same respect. If you are thinking of claiming compensation for a winter cycling accident, you can contact the Accident Advice Helpline.
How we can help
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury claims therefore we can help you if you have been involved in an accident that was someone else’s fault. Give our expert team a call for some no-obligation advice regarding your case or take our 30-second test online to determine how successful your claim is likely to be.
It is your legal right to claim compensation where someone else is responsible for causing your injuries and trauma.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 12, 2014