Cycling has certainly caught on since its invention many decades ago. Nowadays, it is a great mode of transport. Some of us might prefer the warmth of a car and the added protection of leather and metal which makes us feel safe; riding a bike might make us feel cold and vulnerable.
Having said that, the bike is something which has withstood the test of time and it continues to benefit people from all ages and all walks of life. It is cheaper than running a car and faster than walking or running, but are these benefits worth one major disadvantage? Cycling can make us vulnerable to serious injury.
Strengthening your bike incident claim
If you wanted to make a bike incident claim, you would need to prove that your bike had been regularly maintained and was safe to ride. Many accidents take place when people fail to check their tyres. Do they need replacing? Any bulges or bald spots indicate the need for new ones. Tyres should also be pumped until they feel solid and any soft areas should be addressed.
Batteries in lights should be strong enough to send out a high beam. Check that they are not wearing low. Brakes should function correctly; they must squeeze the rim of the wheel. Check this area to ensure they are acting in the correct manner. The handlebars and saddle should also feel secure. Wipe the chain once a month and lubricate it with oil.
If a solicitor confirms that you have enough evidence to file a bike incident claim, the settlement figure you receive will take into account the amount of damage caused to replace or repair your bike. If you need to take time off work as a result of your injuries, this will also be accounted for in the payout, along with any private medical treatment you may require.
Perils which lie in wait for the humble cyclist
People automatically assume that a cycling accident is the direct cause of a motor vehicle. However, in many cases an accident can take place when a pedestrian acts irresponsibly or a manufacturer’s flaw can be the culprit.
Therefore, no matter how careful a cyclist may be, an accident is always looming on the horizon. In the latter case, a bike claim would be forwarded to the manufacturer or designer of the faulty bicycle. Poor road conditions can also lead to cycle accidents; this happens when potholes do their worst or the road has an uneven surface.
If you wish to make a bike incident claim, don’t leave it until the last minute, or you could end up missing your chance. Almost 60% of cycling accidents go unreported, which means that people miss out on the opportunity of receiving compensation for injuries caused through no fault of their own.
If you would like free initial with regard to your cycling accident, ring Accident Advice Helpline today and chat to one of our advisers. Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.
Date Published: 17th May 2014
Author: Donna Jennings