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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Is cycling on the pavement legal?


    Many people travel to work on two wheels. Cycling is a cheap, fast and environmentally friendly way to get about, but it can be dangerous. If you use a bike to commute or you’re a keen cyclist, it’s wise to bear safety measures in mind and to think twice about cycling on the pavement. Is….

    How to safely overtake cyclists on the roads


    Being able to safely overtake cyclists on the roads is an increasingly important skill for drivers in the United Kingdom. Cycling has exploded in terms of popularity in the last decade. The stunning exploits of Sirs Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins et al have seen millions of us take our two wheels to the road…..

    Bike safety whilst using pedal clips


    Designed to increase cycling efficiency, power and control, pedal clips can have positive and negative impacts on your safety. Bike safety whilst using pedal clips – the pros Keeping your feet safely on your pedals, pedal clips (strangely also referred to as clipless pedals) provide you with greater control over your bike. This makes it….

    Top tips for riding a tandem bike


    Are you looking for tips for riding a tandem bike? Tandem bikes are bicycles that are ridden by more than one person, though the riders do not sit side by side. There are many great reasons for riding tandem bikes. Let’s take a look at some of the main advantages of cycling and some tips….

    The dangers of riding tandem bikes on roads


    Whilst there are many great things about riding tandem bikes on roads, it’s important to remember that it can be quite a dangerous activity. Some of the best reasons for tandem cycling is that it enables slow cyclists to enjoy faster speeds, it is a sociable group activity and means faster cyclists don’t have to….

    The dangers of tramlines for cyclists


    Slippery at the best of times, but especially when it is icy or wet, tramlines can pose a serious risk to cyclists. Here are some of the dangers of tramlines for cyclists. The dangers of tramlines for cyclists Slippery tramlines can cause the wheels of a bicycle to suddenly slip and cause cyclists to fall…..

    What is car-dooring?


    Car-dooring is a traffic collision involving a cyclist and a car door. They occur when a cyclist is hit by a car door being opened. Why does car-dooring happen? Quite simply, car-dooring takes place because people aren’t paying enough attention to their surroundings. Drivers need to be aware of where they are and what’s going….

    Top tips for navigating a shared bike path to avoid injuries


    A shared bike path can be very useful and allow cyclists to enjoy their hobby and get around without using busy roads, but they can be very dangerous if they are not used properly. Whilst people of all ages benefit from shared paths, and the general atmosphere can be much more relaxing and friendlier than that of….

    Dangers of being a participant in a road cycling race


    These days, you can barely go any distance on the roads without coming across a road cycling race. Britain has well and truly caught the cycling bug. The exploits of the likes of Sirs Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy, Jason and Laura Kenny et al has seen the popularity of road cycling races explode. Whilst….

    The most dangerous cities to cycle within the UK


    Every day in the UK, thousands of people climb aboard a bike. Cycling is often a cheap way of commuting, and it can also save you from getting stuck in traffic at rush hour. When you get on your bike, you don’t want to think about not arriving at your destination in one piece, but….

    Could you be liable if you hit someone when performing a trick on a BMX?


    If you injure someone while performing a trick on a BMX, you could be held liable for their injuries if you: Caused the BMX accident by acting irresponsibly or recklessly Did not maintain your BMX properly and the accident was subsequently caused by a fault on your bike You may not be liable if you….

    Top tips for teaching children how to ride a bike


    Teaching children how to ride a bike is a significant and memorable milestone for any parent. It’s also a hugely important part of growing up. The sense of achievement and new-found freedom, not to mention the obvious health benefits, are all important. However, the most important thing of all is, of course, that children stay….

    Safety equipment children should wear when learning to ride a bike


    Learning to ride a bike is an essential part of any childhood. For children and parents alike, it can create magical memories that last a lifetime. Of course, the key to ensuring this special time sticks in the mind for all the right reasons is to ensure it is done safely. Learning to ride a….

    Can cyclists claim if they have an accident due to potholes in cycle lanes?


    Thousands of people use a bike to get from A to B each day. We’re actively encouraged to get on our bikes, but what happens if the road surface is unsafe? If you’ve been injured as a result of potholes in cycle lanes, for example, you may be wondering whether you could claim compensation. Can….

    Accidents caused by baby bike seats and trailers


    If you’re a keen cyclist, you may be eager to take your children out on the bike with you. When you have older children, you can teach them to a ride a bike and go out on adventures together, but you don’t have to put bike rides on hold until they’re able to ride independently…..

    Precautions to take when mountain biking in the rain


    Mountain biking can be an awful lot of fun. It has all the necessary ingredients to be a thrilling, exhilarating adventure and a fantastic way to explore your surroundings. Whether you’re on holiday in a new location or keen to get out and discover the hidden natural gems in the areas surrounding where you live,….

    Different types of bikes on the market


    Cycling is a very healthy, fun activity, but there is always a risk of personal injuries. To help prevent cycling accidents, it is necessary to ensure you pick the right bike out of all the different types of bikes on the market. Types of bikes on the market Designed to suit specific purposes and terrains,….

    Why does road grit cause cyclist problems?


    During the winter months, when it’s cold outside, and there’s a risk of ice and snow, it’s common to come across roads and paths that have been gritted. Grit is used to make road surfaces less slippery and reduce the risk of road accidents. Using grit on the roads has numerous advantages, but there may….

    Why you should never wear earphones whilst cycling


    In the days of dash and helmet cams we are all far too familiar with road accidents involving cyclists. Nothing seems to prompt as many online views, or furious ‘below the line’ debate like a video of a bike crash or a story of how either a cyclist or motorist was wronged by the other….

    Should road cycling lessons for children be compulsory?


    The number of cycling accidents is rising year on year, with injuries ranging from scrapes, broken bones, life-changing injuries, to fatalities. Safety levels for cyclists on the roads is a growing issue, which is affecting the broader community. Some believe that a good way to reduce the number of casualties and therefore the fatality rate….

    How to claim if you have a cycle path accident


    Urban planners build cycle paths to help cyclists avoid accidents. Cycling casualties due to road traffic accidents are rising, with the number increasing year on year. Elevated platforms or barriers usually distinguish cycle paths, but lanes are often located within the roadway. The purpose behind the distinguished cycle path was to ensure that cyclists would be….

    Common track cycling injuries


    When cycling on the roads, the last thing you’re thinking of is getting injured because of someone else’s recklessness or irresponsibility. Unfortunately, the world is filled with people who aren’t as conscious of other people and their needs as you might be. As a result, this can cause severe or even fatal injuries. Cycling is becoming….

    Comparing cycling safety equipment


    At Accident Advice Helpline we don’t just help you make claims if you feel a third party has compromised your livelihood, we also advise you on how to be safe. The world can be a dangerous place and this often holds more truth if you’re a cyclist. Of course, there are always measures you can….

    Cycling safety precautions to take when on the road


    When it comes to cycling, there is a myriad of things that can go wrong. Regardless of whether or not you feel as though you are a good cyclist. Beware that there are a number of variables that can put your health and well-being at risk. We at Accident Advice Helpline are aware that certain….

    Different types of spin bike injuries


    Spin bike workouts are extremely popular among people looking for cardiovascular or aerobic exercise. Building leg strength and burning up to around 500 calories per session, spin bike exercise can if done properly, be a safe and effective workout. Fast paced, vigorous and involving repetitive cycling movements, it can, however, lead to a variety of….

    Importance of wearing a helmet when cycling on roads


    Given that the leading cause of death among cyclists is head wounds, it would be, to put it mildly, ill-advised to not wear a helmet when riding a bike. Choosing not to wear a helmet can increase your chances of suffering a serious brain injury which can negatively shape the rest of your life. Accident….

    What are the rules for cycling within parks?


    Rules for cycling within parks can vary from one park to the next. Some parks, for example, do not permit cycling at all. Others set aside specific cycling tracks, while others permit cycling on paths shared with other park users. Whatever the specific rules may be, there are some basic rules that apply everywhere. Basic rules for cycling within….

    5 ways to cycle safely around London


    Given the level of pollution in London, not to mention the hustle and bustle of the tubes and monotonous stand-still traffic across the city, making use of the capital’s cycling lanes seems like a logical option. Of course, to minimise the risk of experiencing a road traffic accident, it is imperative that cyclists understand how to cycle safely around….

    Liability when cycling for charity


    When we participate in sporting events, you almost expect to experience some sport-related accidents, such as slips, trips and falls. That being said, when you are hoping to raise funds cycling for charity, if you suffer a sporting injury, where exactly does liability lie? Can you claim compensation? Who is to blame for accidents when….

    How to establish blame in a cycling accident


    Having a cycling accident is a frightening thought. Injuries sustained in a road traffic accident can be serious; repairing or replacing a damaged bicycle can be expensive and, if a car was involved, the driver may end up blaming the cyclist for the accident. Steps to take after a cycling accident To get justice and compensation for any personal injuries….

    Tips for road cyclists to avoid injury


    When asked what road cyclists can do to prevent being injured in a road traffic accident, most people will give the same two stock answers: ‘Always wear a helmet’ ‘Cycle according to rules and laws’ Some may also add that by road cyclists ensuring that their bicycle is in good working order, they can help to prevent getting injured. There are,….

    The most common injuries that occur whilst using Boris bikes


    Boris bikes are the nickname given to the bicycles around London that you can hire and then drop off at a variety of locations. They were named after the mayor of London, Boris Johnson. So, what are the most common injuries that occur whilst using Boris bikes? Cuts and grazes from a fall One of….

    Are helmets mandatory when riding a bicycle on the road?


    The Highway Code provides some specific advice on safety attire for cyclists on the road. The Highway Code: Are helmets mandatory for cyclists? Rule 59 of The Highway Code states that cyclists should wear: ‘a cycle helmet which conforms to current regulations, is the correct size and securely fastened’ ‘appropriate clothes for cycling. Avoid clothes….

    Riding a bicycle during the winter months


    No matter the season, riding a bicycle is hazardous, with a consistent risk of experiencing a road traffic accident. That being said, adverse weather conditions during the winter months can increase the health and safety risks involved with riding a bicycle, increasing the risk of road accidents for cyclists. Safely riding a bicycle in winter….

    Dangerous careers: Bicycle courier


    Capable of delivering messages and packages quickly, bicycle couriers are a common sight in most cities. Typically travelling at high speeds and often taking risks in order to get to their destination as fast as possible, a bicycle courier is continually exposed to an array of occupational hazards. Bicycle courier risks in traffic One of….

    Potential accidents whilst teaching your child to ride a bike


    Teaching your child to ride a bike is a momentous occasion and the last thing you want is to end up witnessing slip, trips and falls, rather than the sight of your child boldly steering their way into the distance without you running behind and holding them tight. If you’re planning to teach your child….

    Accident hazards for bike couriers


    From delivering pizzas on motorbikes to pedalling urgent mail across the city, bike couriers provide in-demand services across business and consumer sectors. The benefits of their service includes delivering items in a matter of hours, or even minutes, across busy areas, which would take larger vehicles a greater amount of time. This service isn’t provided….

    Injuries while riding a bike on the pavement


    Whilst riding a bike it’s important to stick to the rules of the road to prevent both yourself and others from becoming involved in a road traffic accident. As a demographic of road users, cyclists are extremely vulnerable to injury and accidents, and this is reflected in the statistics that are published each year which….

    Is it dangerous to listen to music whilst riding a bike?


    According to statistics published by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), 20,000 cyclists are killed or injured each year on UK roads. These figures are startling and show that cyclists are a particularly vulnerable demographic when it comes to traffic accidents. It’s important to cycle in a safe manner to reduce the….

    Can you claim if injured by a bike rider on the pavement?


    According to the Highways Act, it is illegal to cycle on pavements; if you’ve been injured by a bike rider or involved in a road traffic accident and you believe that it was somebody else’s fault, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation. I’ve been injured by a bike rider, can I claim….

    The dangers of cycling to work in London


    Cycling is one of the best ways to avoid heavy commuter traffic in London, but the risk of cycling accidents is high. According to recent statistics from the Department for Transport, 23,000 cyclists were involved in road traffic accidents in London in a five year period leading up to the year 2013. Dangers for cyclists….

    Cycling from London to Windsor


    While the 40 to 45-mile ride is said to be a pleasant experience, cycling from London to Windsor, like any other cycling route, present riders with the risk of personal injuries. Preventing mishaps Cyclists can prevent a great deal of accidental injuries by ensuring their bike is in good working order before embarking on the….

    Cycling from London to Brighton


    Covering 54 miles, the London to Brighton ride should be approached with care, as poor preparation or reckless cycling could lead to potentially serious cycling injuries or health problems. Preventing cycling accidents Here are a few tips on completing the ride safely and in good shape: Check your bike before entering the ride, making sure….

    Avoiding injury: Navigating cobbled-stone roads


    When visiting quaint towns, lined with cobbled-stone roads, it is likely that you will want to absorb the charming ambience either on foot or on bike. Yet, despite the picturesque appeal of such areas, it is essential to consider the safety implications of cobbled-stone roads to minimise the risk of slips, trips and falls. Riding….

    London’s most dangerous cycle spots: Camberwell New Road / Brixton Road


    According to figures released by the DfT (Department of Transport), there have been 22,988 cycling accidents over the past five years, killing a total of 80 cyclists. In 2015,at the time of writing, four cyclists lost their lives in traffic accidents in London. The latest victim, in February, died after colliding with a lorry. Camberwell….

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