A cycling injury can be anything from a small bump or bruise to a concussion or a broken bone – either way they can scare you from getting on the bike again.
Despite this, there are many ways that a cycling injury can be avoided, below are the most common ways this could occur.
1. Car pulling out of a driveway or side street and not seeing an oncoming cyclist
This is one of the most common ways in which cyclists get injured on the road. The driver of the car may be looking to the middle of the road for oncoming traffic if they are emerging from a driveway or side street, and not looking for cyclists who are close to the kerb.
By cycling further away from the kerb when approaching intersections you are more likely to be seen by an oncoming driver.
2. Cyclists riding against the traffic
Although it may seem a good idea to ride against the traffic so that you can see each other, in practice it is much safer to cycle with the traffic in the left hand lane.
3. Cycling at night
A very common injury situation that may occur is when cyclists do not have any lights on their bikes thus motorists not being able to see them on the road until it’s too late. To prevent this from happening, you should always wear protective clothing, including reflective outerwear, and have a light attached to your bike.
4. Cars driving far too close to cyclists or poor cycle lanes
Sometimes road maintenance leaves a lot to be desired in the UK, resulting in poor or even no cycle lanes available. This immediately increases the likelihood of an accident if motorists do not give cyclists enough space.
5. Roundabouts, junctions and traffic lights
These are all areas in which indecision and other drivers play a factor and traffic lights at a junction in particular are dangerous. If cyclists stop at a red light to the left of a car, then the car could immediately make a left-hand turn potentially knocking down the cyclist.
A much safer option would be to use a cycle lane or stop behind the car if there is no lane – this would prevent a cycle injury from happening.
Have you had a recent road traffic accident?
All of these scenarios are ones that could easily cause a cycling injury. Common injuries from cycling include head trauma, fractures, back injuries, whiplash and lacerations.
If you have been a victim of an accident on the road involving your bike in the past three years then Accident Advice Helpline could help you.
Contact us today to see if you could make a claim and receive compensation for your road related injury.