Cycling is one of the most popular pastimes in the UK, and age is no barrier if you want to ride a bike. From toddlers to pensions, people are taking to two wheels for pleasure, for commuting and some for sport.
Over the years, the styles of cycles has changed dramatically, but one thing that cannot be changed is the lack of protection the rider has if they are involved in an accident.
There are now safety helmets and other protective clothing that can help reduce the risk of serious injury, but cycle riders are far more likely to sustain life threatening injuries than any other road user.
If you are injured in a cycle accident, and someone else caused it, you should consider the option of making accident claims in Newham, as in this situation you may be entitled to compensation.
A cycling accident and accident claims in Newham
If your cycling accident was caused because of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness, if you sustained injuries severe enough to need medical treatment, and the accident happened no more than three years ago, UK law says the guilty party should compensate you, and making accident claims in Newham is the best way to achieve this.
There is often very little you can do to stop someone else causing an accident, but there are a few precautions you can take to try and reduce the risk of it happening to you, and lessen the severity of your injuries if it does, such things as:
- Good quality, sturdy footwear can protect your feet and ankles
- Make yourself as visible as possible to other road users, bright clothing and lights on your bike can help
- Avoid riding next to other cyclists as this can cause an accident on its own.
- When passing parked cars, make sure you leave enough room for a door to be opened without knocking you off your cycle
- Wearing a well fitting good quality safety helmet, and wearing it properly, not tilted back on your head
- Wear kneepads and elbow pads to protect your joints
- Don’t play music while riding, this stops your hearing other traffic even when you can’t see it
- Know the rules of the road, a good knowledge of the Highway Code is vital
- Always keep your cycle well maintained
- Avoid riding in bad weather, unless you really have to
These are just a few suggestions that could help to make your cycling safer, and always remember that other road users do not always do what you expect them to. Be very aware of what is going on around you and be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.
Making accident claims in Newham
Accident Advice Helpline have been handling personal injury compensation claims for over 14 years and have it down to a fine art.
Our solicitors are experienced and have the expertise you need to be fighting your corner, and they will do this with as little hassle to you as possible.
Cyclists are usually the least represented in a claim situation, because they do not need road insurance, but we will take care of them and make sure they get a fair deal for the injuries they sustained in an accident that was not their own fault.
Find out how our team can help by calling: 0800 689 0500, or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 4th June 2014