Cycling can be a great way to get around, but it can also be dangerous in some situations. Even if you are very careful, you may not realise where the dangers lie. The dangers of cycling around town, for example, are many and varied. Being aware of them is only half the challenge.
Where do the dangers of cycling around town lie?
- Cyclists can be harder to see. Not all drivers will be watching for cyclists. While they should be aware of all road users, not all of them are. This could potentially put you at risk.
- Not all road users will give you room. This is another problem you may encounter. Give yourself plenty of room, as other road users may pass by very close to you, causing you to hit the kerb and possibly even fall off your bike.
- The danger of vehicles turning left in front of you. If you are going straight on, you have no need or reason to indicate. However, you’d be surprised how many drivers pass cyclists, only to turn left right in front of them, almost causing an accident in the process.
- Roundabouts. These can be particularly dangerous for cyclists to use. Make sure you are visible and you indicate properly. If there is a chance to get off, or to use a cycle lane, this might be a safer option in the long run.
- Pedestrians may not hear you or be aware of you. Pedestrians generally watch out for cars and motorbikes, but they don’t always look for cyclists. If this is the case, you could find a pedestrian stepping into the road in front of you.
What kinds of injuries might you suffer?
An accident between a cyclist and a vehicle will usually see the cyclist come off worst. They are not well-protected against injuries, so if you are hit by a car you could be nursing several injuries – and possibly serious ones – for some time to come. If you’ve been hurt in the last three years and another driver was at fault, you should call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. This is by far the best way to find out whether you do have cause to make a claim. Our no win, no fee lawyers could take up your case if you have strong evidence.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead