Although the total number of people injured in road accidents is at its lowest point for 90 years, the number of cyclists injured is on the up. As more people are becoming conscious of the environmental impact of driving and the savings made by cycling, not to mention the health benefits, more and more people are choosing to jump on a bike rather than get in the driving seat. This means that motorists must learn how to safely pass cyclists as well as other obstructions such as horses.
Being aware of cyclists and other road users
Although cyclists have the same rights as motorists, they are far more vulnerable. Cyclists can be unexpectedly thrown off balance or even thrown from their bike altogether by sudden bumps or holes in the tarmac, so always make sure to give them more than enough room. This is especially true in wet weather.
They can be blinded by your lights just as a motorist can, so always remember to dip your headlights when approaching a cyclist. When passing, give them plenty of room and drive more slowly than usual. Don’t rev your engine, signal impatience, or otherwise cause them anxiety: remember, this could be the first time they have ever cycled on a major road, and anxiousness can cause accidents.
The same is true of horses, which can be easily frightened by speeding cars or loud, revving engines. Finally, be careful only to pass if there is enough room. Some drivers may unconsciously force cyclists or horse riders right off the road, having underestimated the amount of space they need.
What if you have been injured by an irresponsible driver?
Every year, hundreds of cyclists are injured or even killed due to drivers being unaware of these very simple rules. Anyone who is injured risks the loss of earnings and a costly change of lifestyle if they are no longer able to cycle.
For this reason, if you have been injured on the road and it wasn’t your fault, you could be due compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation.
Our lines are open 24/7, and we also have a handy 30-second test, which can give you an indication of whether or not your claim is likely to be successful. We work on a no win, no fee* basis, and you’re under no obligation to continue with your claim if you’d just like to know more.