Cycling is a much-loved sport that is practised by many people. Many of us get into cycling when we are young, but while some people give it up when they reach adulthood, it remains a regular activity for many others. Some use it as their method to get to and from work, while others cycle on a more casual and enjoyable basis.
Few of us like to think about the potential consequences of cycling accidents. A bike is no match for any vehicle on the road today, and as such, the cyclist is at risk of suffering some nasty injuries if they are in an accident.
Examples of potential accidents that might occur
Not all accidents of this kind need to involve other vehicles. For example, cyclists are particularly at risk of being thrown off their bikes if they hit a pothole. Even wearing a helmet may not necessarily protect the cyclist from the consequences of being thrown over the handlebars.
Of course, other accidents do involve vehicles. These tend to be more serious, especially if a cyclist is caught up under a car or lorry that turns left across the front of the cyclist. We have all heard of similar incidents and the fatal consequences that can sometimes occur as a result. Using bike lanes can help protect cyclists, as can being alert to what is happening around them, but cyclists are still among the more fragile road users. They are not protected by a vehicle in the same way drivers are, which puts them at a disadvantage.
Do you recognise the consequences of cycling accidents?
The consequences can be serious indeed. Severe cuts, bruises and broken bones are among the injuries that could be suffered, not to mention the presence of crush injuries in some cases as well. If you are a keen cyclist and you have been hurt, you may feel nervous of ever getting back on your bike again.
Whether you remember what happened or not, contacting Accident Advice Helpline could turn out to be a smart move. We can look at the facts of your case and determine whether you could make a no win, no fee claim. Negligence on the part of a third party can lead to a successful outcome, and compensation for you that could make a real difference to your life. Call 0800 689 0500 to find out more.
Date Published: May 9, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead