Innocent victims of cycling accidents are just as likely to make cycling accident claims in Gedling as any other road user. Although cycling is one of the most popular pastimes in the UK, the riders are very vulnerable to accidents, and because of the lack of protection a bike gives, they tend to sustain injuries of a more serious nature.
The injuries that mean cyclists make cycling accident claims in Gedling
There are no end to the injuries that cyclists sustain in accidents that were not their own fault, things like broken bones being very common. But they can also suffer much more serious injuries like brain damage or loss of a limb, and every year cyclists die on our roads.
Other road users cause many of these accidents, which is why so many cyclists make cycling accident claims in Gedling, but there are also a lot of cycling accident caused by potholes in the road.
Hitting a pothole might not sound serious, you could think the rider is just thrown to the ground and maybe gets a few cuts and bruises, possibly a fracture. But the problem is where and how they land. If the pothole is on a busy road, they could easily be thrown into the path of other traffic, or if it is on a rural road they could end up falling down a large embankment, or even onto rocks.
As the most common cause of cycling accidents, potholes are the responsibility of the authority that maintains that stretch of road, and that is who your cycling accident claim in Gedling would be made against.
How cyclist can reduce the severity of their injuries
There is not much you can do to stop accidents that are not your own fault, but you can try to lessen the severity of any injuries you sustain in them.
It is law that you wear a safety helmet, but you should make sure it fits you properly and wear it in the correct manner. Wearing it tilted back on your head you might think looks better, but you are not allowing the helmet to do its job properly and it will not give you as much protection.
It is worth paying a bit extra and buying a good quality helmet. There are lots of cheap fakes on the market that will not protect your head as they should, and the bit extra money could be the difference between a minor or serious head injury.
Any other protective clothing will help, knee and elbow pads giving good protection to your joints. Good sturdy footwear can help to protect your feet and ankles.
Making your cycling accident claim in Gedling
If you need to make a personal injury claim for any type of accident, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline, the specialists in claiming compensation. We have helped thousands of innocent victims get the compensation they were entitled to, and it is very easy to contact us to see if we can now help you.
Date Published: 28th November 2014