Many bicyclists find themselves hit by cars and having to seek compensation for a car and bike collision. However, there are many things that you can do to help with reducing your risk of being hit whilst riding a bicycle.
Below are some tips that cyclists should use to help them stay safe while they’re riding their bikes.
Check your bike for safety
This may sound basic, but in order to ride your bike safely, you must have a bike that is in good condition. Check the brakes on your bike to make sure they’re working, and look at your gears and chain. If your wheel has a quick- release lever, be sure it’s tight and that your wheel will remain on the bike. Inspect your bike before you head out, so that you are sure that nothing is falling off or loose. When you know that everything is in good working order, then you can keep an eye on the traffic.
Follow the road rules to help avoid needing to seek compensation for a car and bike collision
A big mistake that many bike riders make is that they don’t follow the rules of the road. Rather than stopping at stop signs and stop lights, they sail right through them. They think that just because they are on a bicycle and not in a car, they don’t have to obey the laws of the road.
However, this is something that can really cause injuries and even death to cyclists. Make sure that when you are on the road, that you are obeying all the rules just like any other vehicle. Simply because you are not in a car, it doesn’t mean that you are exempt.
Assume you are invisible
The best way to stay safe on the road is to assume that no one can see you. When drivers are on the road, they are often looking at other motor vehicles and not at cyclists.
Don’t assume that the drivers can see you and know that you are there. Assuming that someone can see you may affect your decision- making. So when you are riding on the road, go with the assumption that no one is able to see you and don’t take risks.
Accident Advice Helpline will help you claim compensation for a car and bike collision
If you are injured and you want to seek compensation for a car and bike collision then give Accident Advice Helpline a call. We are the claim experts and we will work hard to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0933 from a mobile phone. Our initial advice is free.
Date Published: 29th August 2013