Our countryside is often visited by walkers and cyclists, out enjoying their chosen pursuit. If one of the cyclists is unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident that was not their fault, they may be able to make personal injury claims for compensation, from whoever was responsible. Talk to us if you’ve been wondering how to get legal help in West Sussex.
Need to find out how to get legal help in West Sussex
Because they have so little protection for their bodies, cyclists are very vulnerable on the roads. The injuries they sustain, if they survive the accident, tend to be of a more serious nature, but there are a few things they can do to try and reduce the risk of accidents, and severe injuries, such as:
- Wearing a well fitting, good quality cycling helmet. This is a must for all cyclists as many of the deaths from cycling accidents are because of head injuries.
- Wearing kneepads and elbow pads can reduce the risk of injury to these joints. Broken joints can cause months of pain and discomfort, and are better avoided if possible..
- Wear something bright or high visibility. The more visible you are the better, as many accidents happen because the cyclist is not seen until it is too late for the other road user to stop.
- Do not ride along next to another cyclist as this can cause motorists to become impatient and take risks they shouldn’t.
- Leave enough space when riding passed parked cars for them to open a door and not knock you off your cycle.
- Learn the rules of the road, probably the easiest way is through the Highway Code.
- Always make sure your cycle is properly maintained so that the brakes don’t fail you when you need them the most.
- Do not wear headphones to listen to music or your mobile phone. This will block out the noise of approaching traffic that you might not be able to see.
If you take these precautions, you should reduce the risk of having to make personal injury claims.
The injuries cyclists often suffer
There are numerous injuries that you could sustain, but the more common ones for cyclists are:
- Road rash
- Knee or elbow injuries
- Facial injuries
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Back and spinal injuries
- Head and brain injuries
Any of these injuries, if the accident was not your fault, could result in you making personal injury claims in West Sussex.
Letting the professionals help with your claim
Cyclists are often thought to be at fault in accidents, when in reality the opposite is true. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have successfully represented many cyclists when they are making a compensation claim and have made sure they have received everything they were entitled to.
We will give you all the help and advice you need and will take the stress away from you while making a claim. Call our helpline on 0880 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and our advisers will give you all the information you need to decide if you want to make a personal injury claim. Talk to us today to find out more about how to get legal help in West Sussex.
Date Published: 12th August 2014