It’s perhaps not too surprising that university cities like Cambridge and Oxford have some of the greatest numbers of cyclists scooting along their roads and ancient back alleys. In fact, students aside in what’s seen as a city with a ‘culture’ of cycling, adults generally in Cambridge are more likely to cycle regularly than anywhere else in the UK.
A recent Government survey found that 52 per cent of Cambridge residents rode their bike at least once a week. But of course where there’s a volume of cyclists mixing with vehicle traffic and pedestrians, accidents are bound to happen.
Bicycle injury claims
The most common scenario with bicycle injury claims is where an oncoming driver turns right across the path of a cyclist, leaving him with nowhere to go except to collide with the vehicle. Another is where a driver emerges out of ‘give way’ markings to the left or right of the cyclist. It’s called ‘T-boning’ and the cyclist can often be the victim of a nasty injury in such cases.
If you’re a cyclist who has been injured as the result of the careless manoeuvres of a motorist, Accident Advice Helpline can assist in making bicycle injury claims a reality.
Call our free helpline number and we’ll run through the criteria needed to enter a claim. In a short, 30-second test, this will include important factors like the accident having happened within the last three years, you were blameless in the incident and that you had to have medical treatment for your injuries.
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Other cycle injury hazard spots include:
- Roundabouts – this is when drivers often fail to see cyclists. This ‘blindness’ towards cyclist is apparently because they are so intent on looking out for other motorists.
- Potholes and poorly maintained roads – these cause both damage to cycles and their riders and are a common subject in bicycle injury claims.
Pedestrians injured by cyclists
Of course, such claims can result from the boot being on the other foot. That’s to say, pedestrians can be injured by cyclists, when crossing the road or by people cycling on pavements. Those who do this very often don’t realise they’re breaking the law. However, it’s an unfortunate fact that these days the practice is not too well policed and convictions only arise after a pedestrian is injured in this way.
For free initial advice about your compensation claim, dial 0800 689 0500 (landline) to connect with Accident Advice Helpline. If you are calling from your mobile phone, then dial 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 2nd March 2013
Author: David Brown