What if you have to make a cycle compensation claim?
Cycling on a regular basis can have health benefits such as weight loss, reducing stress levels, and generally improving fitness. Cycling is one of the easiest ways to include exercise in your daily routine; if you are able to use it as a form of transport as well, it will also save you money and be good for the environment. For these reasons it is the third most popular activity in the UK, and appeals to all ages from toddlers to pensioners.
Take care to avoid having to make a cycle compensation claim
As with all transportation, you need to take necessary precautions to help avoid an accident, and then having to make a cycle compensation claim.
You should always ensure that you are wearing the correct apparel; a good fitting helmet is essential. Never buy a used helmet, as damage doesn’t always show. Make sure it is a snug fit and wear it in the proper position, not tilted onto the back of your head.
Ensure that your cycle fulfills all the legal requirements, including lights if riding at night, as well as wearing something reflective.
Safety tips to avoid having to make a cycle compensation claim
Most safety on the roads is common sense, and a good understanding of the Highway Code can be useful. Here are some tips that may help:
- Make sure you look behind before starting to ride, overtaking, or stopping.
- Use arm signals if you are changing direction
- Always obey the traffic lights and road signals; they are there for a reason.
- When riding with someone else, don’t ride next to each other on busy or narrow roads.
- If you come across parked cars, watch out for doors opening. Try to leave enough room so that if this does happen, you are not knocked off your cycle.
- Don’t wear headphones for music or your mobile while riding. This impairs your concentration and means you cannot hear approaching traffic that you may not be able to see.
If you do need to make a cycle compensation claim
Even if you take all safety precautions, wear all the proper protective clothing, ensure that your cycle is properly maintained, you could still be involved in some sort of accident.
If the accident involves another vehicle or is caused by bad roads, you could well end up injured, no matter how minor those injuries may be. Your cycle could be damaged and your safety gear may be ruined; you will need to make a cycle compensation claim.
For free initial advice about your claim, chat to the experts at Accident Advice Helpline. We are one of the top law firms in the UK and we will work hard to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to chat to an adviser today.
Date Published: 14th July 2013