It doesn’t take first-hand experience to realise there are several dangers of cycling at night that any cyclist might come across. No matter how safe you are or how responsible you are, you might end up being involved in an accident that was not your fault. We’ve highlighted five of the main dangers below, so you can see what could potentially happen.
The main risks and danger areas
- Unable to see potholes. One pothole could easily throw you off your bike, landing you in the road and at the mercy of any other vehicle that could be passing by.
- Cars. Make sure you are always as visible as you can possibly be when cycling at night. Car drivers will find it harder to see you, which is why bright lights and reflective safety gear are both advisable.
- Unable to see other road hazards in the tarmac. It’s not just potholes that can be dangerous. Uneven road surfaces will be harder to spot – as will any raised manhole covers or other potential hazards. Any one of these could end up tipping you off your bike.
- Bad weather conditions can make visibility even worse. It’s true – a driver will have the wipers going fast and the rain will be sheeting down, and both those things can combine to make it even harder to see a cyclist.
- No light from street lights. There won’t always be street lights on the route you choose to travel. If this is the case, know you will be even harder to see than you normally would be. Indeed, it is often best to avoid taking such routes in the dark.
Have you fallen victim to the dangers of cycling at night?
If you have, you’ll know how easy it can be – not to mention how painful – to go through one of the experiences mentioned here. Make sure you get expert advice at this stage, if your accident happened in the past three years. Accident Advice Helpline can refer you to one of our experienced lawyers if we feel there is an excellent chance that you will be in a position to claim. Call 0800 689 0500, or if you prefer, take the online 30-second test first to see how good your chances are. We’re here whenever you need expert, no-obligation advice, so make sure you find out more.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead