Cycling Safety Guide – Being seen at night

If you ride your bike at night it is imperative that you take every possible step to ensure you are as visible to others as possible. Being seen at night could prevent accidents and subsequent injuries.

The first thing you should have is good quality bike lights. These should ideally be static and not flashing – a mistake some cyclists make. You can have flashing ones but they are best used in addition to static ones. Buy the best you can afford and make sure you can easily detach them from the frame when you leave your bike to ensure they are not stolen.

Next up is reflective cycle gear. Being seen at night depends on having good lights but it also depends on being as visible as possible to everyone else on the roads. Having reflective and highly visible clothing on will make you light up whenever headlights splash over you. It can make all the difference between someone seeing you or not. You should also take the time to ensure all reflectors on your bike are clean and free from mud and other grit and dirt that can make them practically useless. This too will help make you more visible.

What might happen if you are not easily seen at night?

Many drivers will give cyclists a fair amount of room if they can see them. However riding at night is more dangerous because they may not see you easily, especially if you are not dressed properly. While a road user might spot you at the last moment they may not be able to see you in time to swerve and avoid you. This could lead to nasty injuries if you are knocked off your bike. As such it makes sense to dress as brightly as possible to minimise the odds of being involved in a crash.

Contact Accident Advice Helpline to speak with a professional injury compensation lawyer

Even if you take all the necessary steps to stay visible, other road users might end up causing you to have an accident. If this happens it is worth contacting Accident Advice Helpline for no-obligation information about bringing a potential compensation claim against them. Our enquiry line is completely free and is open 24/7 so you can be sure of getting in touch whenever you need to. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, for more advice and information. You might be in a position to make that ‘no win, no fee*’ claim sooner than you think.

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