As part of the UK’s Road Safety Week, firefighters have been raising awareness of bicycle accident dangers in the town of Bishop’s Stortford. Discussions were held with Bishop’s Stortford Cycling Club who voiced their concerns about the attitudes of motorists to cyclists. They teamed up with firefighters to campaign for a more considerate attitude among motorists towards cyclists and pedestrians. A focus was put on the number of collisions cyclists have with heavy goods vehicles and firefighters allowed members of the club to view inside a fire engine to help them identify blind spots among drivers of these vehicles. Firefighters hope that the move will help drivers and cyclists have a better understanding of each other while on the road and are working towards promoting better attitudes towards vulnerable road users. Statistics show that fatal accidents among cyclists are more likely to happen in rural roads and 80% of cyclist road accidents occur in broad daylight.
Potential hazards for cyclists
The chances of an accident occurring while cycling can be reduced by sticking to some essential rules. Stick to cycle paths, wear protective head gear and wear high visibility clothing at night. In addition, follow the road as you would if you were in a vehicle. Skipping red lights can lead to an accident. Bicycle accident dangers may include:
- Cycling in rural areas
- Cycling in low lit areas
- Speeding drivers or reckless motorists
- Drivers of heavy goods vehicles, fire engines and buses (blind spots)
The potential for an accident is greatly reduced with some understanding on the road but not all motorists or cyclists have this attitude. If you have been cycling on the road and have an accident that is someone else’s fault, you may be able to win a cash payout from the party at fault where there is evidence of negligence.
Claiming road traffic accident compensation
Accident Advice Helpline is available to call 24/7 so you can start your claim as soon as you like. We offer no-obligation advice regarding your traffic accident so you can speak to an advisor and then decide whether to pursue your claim. If you have been involved in a road accident that was the fault of someone else then you could win a substantial cash payout. Just remember to keep any evidence and witness statements to help your claim go smoothly. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you won’t have to dip into your own cash to pursue your right to compensation.
Source: Road Safety Week
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown