When we are driving, we must exercise a duty of care to fellow road users. This means operating a vehicle responsibly so everyone remains safe. The aim is for both driver and vehicle to reach their designated route without any bumps or scrapes. The same rule applies to cyclists. They are equally responsible for displaying a duty of care to motorists. Although a cyclist will come off much worse if an accident should occur, a bike accident personal injury can often be avoided if the rider pedals safely.
A cyclist not only has a duty of care to other road users, he also has a duty of care to himself.
A cyclist is pedalling along the road, up ahead he notices that a car has pulled into the side of the road. Chances are, there is a passenger in that vehicle who is likely to push the car door open at any minute.
The cyclist continues forward in the hope that such an incident will not occur, but he should have listened to his intuition. The car door opens abruptly and the cyclist is knocked off his bike. He sustains a serious bike accident injury.
A no-win situation
In such an instance, the third party could argue that the cyclist should have allowed more space between the car and the bike. However, the cyclist could have still sustained an injury if the road was busy. Positioning himself in such a manner could have resulted in an equally devastating outcome.
It is natural for the cyclist to assume that he was to blame. In this common situation, the only thing he could have done was to stop. However, this is not always a practical solution. If a cyclist had to stop every time there was the likelihood of a car door being flung open, he would not get very far.
How to avoid a bike accident personal injury
To avoid a bike accident injury, it is advisable to act according to the condition of the road at the time. If it can be proven that there was no practical way of avoiding an accident, a cyclist has the legal right to seek justice from a solicitor and press for compensation.
If you have found yourself in a similar position and blame yourself, it may be worthwhile going over that same sequence of events with a solicitor to find out if the accident could have been avoided. If you relive the moment from many different angles, you may be able to see that there would have been absolutely nothing you could have done to prevent your bike accident personal injury.
Claim experts at Accident Advice Helpline
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Date Published: 16th May 2014
Author: Donna Jennings