Cycling can be great exercise, good fun and economical. However, unfortunately the cyclist is also very vulnerable on the roads, and if involved in a collision with a motor vehicle, could well sustain a cycle accident injury.
Avoiding a cycle accident injury
Although no one can ever promise you that you will not be involved in an accident, there are steps you can take to minimise the risk and hopefully avoid sustaining a cycle accident injury.
Probably the most important thing to do is wear a good quality safety helmet. Not the prettiest of fashion accessories, but it can be a life saver, ensuring your head is well protected and reducing the risk of brain damage or death from head injuries.
Other protection can be worn as well, such as kneepads or elbow pads. These can help avoid nasty injuries to your joints should you fall from your cycle. They are particularly good for children to wear, so avoiding injury to their bones that are more likely to break than those of an adult.
If you are riding in anything other than daylight, it is a good idea to wear something reflective. The headlights of motor vehicles pick up high visibility jackets or reflective strips on your clothing, so you will hopefully be seen before it’s too late.
Don’t listen to music or try to text or talk on your mobile phone while cycling. These will take your attention away from the road and may stop you hearing approaching traffic, putting yourself in unnecessary danger.
Other pitfalls that may cause a cycle accident injury
Not all cycle accidents involve other vehicles; in fact the majority of cycle accidents are solo events. Cyclists can be thrown off their cycles by a variety of causes, potholes in badly maintained roads, grit or dirt lying on the road, or a badly maintained cycle. Always ensure that your cycle is properly maintained to avoid the possibility of that being the cause of your fall.
Be aware of the condition of the road or track you are travelling on and avoid potholes or grit whenever possible.
Someone is responsible
In the majority of accidents, someone has been negligent. It may be the driver of another vehicle, it may be the local authority responsible for maintaining the road, or it may be the cyclist.
If the accident you are involved in is anyone’s fault but your own, then you may be able to claim compensation for your cycle accident injury.
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Date Published: 14th July 2013