Regardless of whether you are an experienced cyclist or you have just bought your first bicycle, it is a good idea to think about the dangers present when you are cycling in traffic. While there are bike lanes in place on many modern roads they do not always prevent you from coming into close contact with vehicles.
This means it makes a lot of sense to understand how best to get used to cycling in traffic. Being 110% alert every time you get on your bike in traffic is imperative. You cannot assume every other road user will see you or give you enough room. If you can keep a close eye on where other road users are in relation to your own position you will gain more confidence and have more information to go on when making decisions.
Another point to remember is to check your bike before each trip you make. Test your brakes so you know you can rely on them if you need to. Furthermore make sure your hands stay on them at all times, so you can use them at just a second’s notice. Experience helps but you can get by with a lot of common sense at times as well.
What kinds of accidents could occur when cycling in traffic?
In some instances a cyclist will attempt to undertake a vehicle to speed to the head of a queue of traffic. Unfortunately they do not always see you in this situation. This can increase the odds of an accident occurring. In other instances car drivers do not allow a cyclist enough room to use the road and pass too closely to them. This can result in trying to move away and perhaps hitting a pothole or the kerb and losing balance.
Our professional injury compensation lawyers are here to provide help
If you have been the unfortunate victim of a road accident while cycling, it is a good idea to seek legal advice to determine whether you could bring a no win, no fee* claim against the other party. In some cases evidence may exist to prove it was their fault instead of yours. Call Accident Advice Helpline today to find out where you stand after a cycling accident. Our 24/7 enquiry line is completely free to call so get in touch now and find out more about our service.
Date Published: September 12, 2014
Author: David Brown