Many of the laws relating to roads in the UK only apply to motorised vehicles. This means that cyclists, for instance, do not have to take a test to be on them, and have no legal obligation to be insured.
With cycling being the third most popular pastime in the UK, this means there are a lot of untrained and uninsured riders on our roads. Having said that, cycles are not difficult to ride and most cyclists are sensible because they realise just how vulnerable they are.
The precautions a cyclist can take to help reduce the risk of accidents
Most cycling accidents are not the fault of the cyclist, many being caused by potholes, and many being caused by other road users. It is almost impossible to prevent an accident that is not your own fault, but there are a few things cyclists can do to reduce the risk of accidents and of serious injures if they are involved in one.
- Learn the Highway Code, and abide by its rules
- Keep their bike well maintained, checking lights, brakes and the chain before starting each journey
- Wear a good quality, well-fitting helmet as this will help protect from a head injury
- Wear any other protective clothing they can
- Wear something bright as this will make them more visible to other road users
- Avoid riding next to other cyclists; if one goes down, others can follow. It can also be frustrating for other road users who cannot get past, and can cause them to take risks they should not.
- Do not wear headphones for music or your mobile phone. This can block out the sound of traffic that you might not be able to see.
- Do not ride close to parked cars – this could result in a careless driver opening a door without looking and you being knocked off your cycle.
- Keep aware of everything going around you and be prepared to take evasive action if you can.
Hopefully, you will never have to make a personal injury claim in Llandrindod Wells but the only way to never have to do this because of an accident on your bike, is to stop riding, and that is not an option most cyclists would choose.
Making a personal injury claim in Llandrindod Wells
Accident Advice Helpline operate nationwide, so it does not matter if you want to make a personal injury claim in Llandrindod Wells or anywhere else in the UK, we can help with your quest for compensation.
Complete the 30-second test on our website to find out if you have a valid claim, and to get an estimate of how much your compensation could be, or call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 and speak to our friendly advisors to find all the information you may need about making a personal injury compensation claim.
Date Published: 22nd October 2014