Bike riding is a popular mode of transport throughout many parts of the world. People have succumbed to swapping their car for a bike, especially in highly populated areas. Cycling is a great way to save money in an age where the cost of petrol is forever rising. Many prefer to use their humble two wheels as a form of pleasure. They meander through some beautiful countryside, simply to sightsee or head to a pleasant beauty spot on a gorgeous summer afternoon.
Cycle lanes designed especially for you
Bike accident injuries have increased so much that councils have been forced to sit up and take notice. Nowadays, most roads have been designed to accommodate both car driver and bike owner. Cyclists can now ride in their own designated lane.
Whilst these advances help to make the journey much more enjoyable, a cyclist is still vulnerable when pedalling alongside large lorries and cars. As the cycling trend continues to grow, so does the number of bike accident injuries.
The most common cause of bike accident injuries
During the past eight months, there have been over 650 collisions involving motor vehicles and cycles. Many people take to the road, unaware of how to operate a cycle in heavy traffic. They fail to use proper hand signals, do not wear reflective clothing at night and fail to make themselves visible to car drivers.
At the same time, there are equally as many car drivers who show little regard for cyclists. As such, they are likely to cause injury. Oddly enough, most bike accident injuries are caused when a car driver reverses out of a space and into the path of a bicycle. A car driver operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol is also less likely to spot a cyclist and less likely to see one when making a turn.
A cyclist has the same legal rights as a car driver
British laws stipulate that cyclists should adhere to the same laws as the driver of a motor vehicle. This means that they are equally protected, should an accident take place. A driver should treat a cyclist with the same respect as a lorry or car driver. It takes just a second for a motorist to hit someone off a bike, causing serious injury or even death.
Seek and ye shall find
If you know someone who has received serious bike accident injuries, why not encourage them to have a free and informal chat with Accident Advice Helpline?
Just one call to our free helpline number is all it takes to receive free, no-obligation advice. After reading the positive reviews on our website, you may be keen to set the legal wheels in motion and seek justice from those who have caused you harm. Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to chat to the claim experts at Accident Advice Helpline today.
Date Published: 16th May 2014
Author: Donna Jennings