Cycling to work may seem a great alternative to public transport, as you can get fit whilst also avoiding the morning rush hour queues. However cycling to work can be extremely dangerous, and could result in an accident with another cyclist or a motorist. According to the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), 75 per cent of fatal or serious cycling accidents occur in urban areas, and the most dangerous hours for cyclists are 8am-9am and 3pm-6pm during weekdays.
Avoiding a road traffic accident when cycling to work:
Wear a helmet: The most obvious piece of safety advice when cycling. Helmets can prevent you from having a serious head injury if you do happen to fall off your bike.
Don’t listen to music: Although listening to your mp3 player or iPod may wake you up during your morning cycle to work, it will also prevent you from hearing other traffic around you. Concentrating on music rather than other motorists is one common way that cycling accidents are caused.
Wear high visibility clothing and invest in a light for your bike: In the autumn and winter months especially, darker mornings may mean that accidents involving cyclists occur more frequently if cyclists are not easily seen on the road.
Wear correct clothing and footwear: Trainers may not go with your work outfit, but they are a much safer option if you are cycling to work.
Have you had a recent accident as a cyclist on your morning commute? Accident Advice Helpline could help you gain compensation for the injuries you sustained after your cycling accident on the road.
To qualify for a claim, your cycling accident must have occurred within the past three years and someone else, other than yourself, must be to blame for the accident.
Contact our 24/7 helpline today to speak to a member of staff. They can give you information about your claim and advise you on the best course of action to take. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with a legal team that works on a 100 per cent no win, no fee* basis.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500, or fill in our 30-second compensation calculator test, to see if you are eligible for compensation after your road related injury.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Cycling accident claim