We’re constantly being told that cycling is a great, healthy and green way to commute to work, and of course this is true. But nobody tells us about the dangers of cycling in a busy city – there are many hazards which could cause accidents and pose a risk to even the most experienced cyclists.
What are the dangers?
Cycling in a busy city like London is dangerous – did you know that in November 2013, 6 cyclists were killed over a period of just two weeks? Here are some of the key dangers and hazards which could affect you when cycling in the city:
- You could be struck by another vehicle – a car, bus or lorry
- In cities without cycle or bus lanes, you can often find yourself crammed alongside other traffic, which could lead to an accident
- Wet conditions can cause tyres to lose traction, and cycling in snowy conditions is almost impossible
- Visibility is vitally important – if you’re cycling without a high-visibility layer or lights this could cause an accident, as others drivers may not be able to see you; you could even strike a pedestrian
- Stationary vehicles pose as much of a risk as those that are moving. Often, passengers or drivers can exit the vehicle, opening the doors without checking or seeing you, and you could be struck or hit the door
There are steps you can take to protect yourself when cycling in the city – these include using designated cycle routes, wearing high-visibility clothing and ensuring your bike has working lights, clearly signalling your intent to turn and leaving the bike at home during bad weather.
Claiming for compensation
If you’re involved in a road accident through no fault of your own then you could claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and one of our specialist advisers will talk you through the process; there’s no obligation to proceed, and if you do decide to claim, you can take advantage of our 100% no win, no fee service.
Because we’re recommended by our patron Esther Rantzen, TV personality and UK consumer champion, you know we’re the best at what we do, and you can rest assured that we’ll deal with your claim quickly and professionally. The good news is that most personal injury claims can be dealt with over the phone, so whether you’re suffering from whiplash or need surgery for your injuries, it’s unlikely you’ll need to attend court.
Date Published: January 12, 2014
Author: David Brown