According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), in 2012, just under 90,000 adults and children were involved in a bicycle accident that left them injured. Although the scale of the injuries reported varied, an additional 118 fatalities occurred, making a bicycle accident a prominent risk on our roads today.
Although a bicycle accident can occur no matter how careful you are, it is important to ensure that, as a cyclist, you do everything you can to minimise the risk of riding on the roads. As well as vigilance while out and about, there are a number of safety checks that you should perform before setting off on your journey.
Tips to avoid a bicycle accident
- Check your brakes. Brakes save lives. Be sure that they are secure on your handlebars, and that the brake levels stop approximately 2-3cm from the handlebars when in use.
- Check your tyres. The pressure and tread on your tyres are important. Replace them when the tread becomes shallow, and ensure the tyre meets the recommended pressure, as stated, before travel.
- Check your spokes to ensure that they aren’t damaged or missing. In addition, you will also need to replace loose spokes.
- Check your handlebars by moving them from side to side. Handlebars shouldn’t seem loose or clatter.
- Know your road safety. Do not head out on a journey without a good awareness of The Highway Code. Read it thoroughly and apply all relevant aspects when out on your bike.
Also, be sure that your helmet is on properly. The helmet must protect both your forehead and the back of your head, positioned approximately 2 fingers width above your eyebrows.
How to claim compensation for your road traffic accident
Whether you were involved in a road accident while using your bike or driving a car, if the road-related injury you incurred was not your fault, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
Not all cases are eligible for personal injury compensation. A law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline can help you evaluate the eligibility of your case, and decide whether to pursue your claim.
Typically, if the road accident which caused your injury occurred within the last three years, and you have proof that you are not to blame, it is likely that Accident Advice Helpline can assist you on a no-win, no-fee basis. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown