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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Top tips for cycling safely around town


    Cycling safely around town is a good way to get out and about and get some exercise as well. However, safety should always come first, and it is important to know how best to protect yourself from the chance of having an accident.

    The first thing you should think of is protective equipment. The most important element of this is a cycling helmet. This should be sized correctly – preferably by someone knowledgeable who works in a cycle shop. It’s not enough to wear a helmet – one that is too large, or has the straps adjusted incorrectly, could come off in an accident and provide little to no protection at all. Additionally, make sure you keep your arms and legs covered. If you did have an accident you’d lose a lot of skin if it was uncovered.

    Be alert for potential hazards when cycling safely around town

    According to the law you should ride in the road rather than on pavements. However, if there are cycle lanes available, use those. In any event, make sure you are alert to whoever else might be near you. Never ride on the inside of vehicles when they are stationary or moving slowly. The driver may not see you, and they may turn left and knock you off your bike.

    Watch out for changing road conditions as well. Colder weather can mean icy patches that you may not easily be able to see. This could also lead to a sudden accident that could leave you nursing some injuries.

    Be alert and prevent accidents happening

    If you are always alert, you may be lucky enough to avoid an accident. However, not all cyclists are that lucky. In some instances they have been injured because of the actions of another road user. If negligence can be determined, and another individual can be found to have caused an accident where the cyclist was injured, a compensation claim may be made.

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    This is something Accident Advice Helpline can help with, if you’ve found yourself in a similar situation in the last three years. Call us on 0800 689 0500 and see whether you have a strong case that should be answered. If you do, we could call on one of our lawyers with expertise in this particular field to help you. That single, free phone call could be all that matters to you.

    Date Published: January 25, 2016

    Author: Allison Whitehead

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