Part of the reason bike couriers are so popular is also the reason it can be such a dangerous profession. The ability to weave quickly in and out of traffic means that bike couriers can often be much faster than any other type of courier could be, but it also means that they face danger on a daily basis when riding through busy city traffic with almost no bodily protection.
Dangers faced by bike couriers
Although wearing a helmet can save a courier’s life in many cases, the rest of their body is extremely vulnerable to injury. While motorcyclists wear leather to protect their bodies, cyclists don’t have that option as leather would, of course, be far too hot and heavy.
This makes cyclists vulnerable to serious injury as a result of traffic accidents of any kind. Having to travel at high speeds means that they can very easily fall foul of bumps in the road or bits of debris. At best, this can mean a nasty injury sustained by falling from the cycle. At worst, it can mean being flung into traffic.
What is less well-known, however, is that bike couriers often injure themselves due to the heavy lifting that is a necessary part of their daily routine. Couriers should ideally be trained to lift properly at all times, but this training is often neglected. Serious back pain can be caused by constantly lifting heavy objects improperly, and gradually builds up over time rather than being immediately obvious.
What to do if you have been injured at work
If you have been injured in your work as a bike courier, whether as a result of an accident or of gradual injury sustained over time, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Personal injury compensation is a legal provision that is designed to help anyone who has become ill or is injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Your employer should provide you with the training and equipment that is necessary to keep you safe. If they have failed to do so, this may be considered negligence.
If you’d like to know more, call our experts at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to tell you not just whether or not you may be entitled to claim, but also how much compensation you could be entitled to. If you decide to go ahead, claims can most often be completed over the telephone, and on a no win, no fee basis. We firmly believe that claims should be made with the minimum of hassle to the claimant, who has already suffered enough through no fault of their own.