Cycling has become the third most popular pastime in the UK, partly because people of all ages can take part. But there are some people who will never ride a bike, because they are too concerned that they could be injured in an accident that was not their fault. They feel there is too much traffic on our roads for cyclists to be safe, and the fact that if they were injured through no fault of their own they would be entitled to make a personal injury claim in Nuneaton and Bedworth, is no consolation to them.
Reducing the risk of cycling accidents, and the need to make a personal injury claim in Nuneaton and Bedworth
There are things cyclist can do to reduce the risk of being in an accident, and lessen the severity of their injuries in they are involved in one. Of course, the only way to guarantee never being injured in a cycling accident is to never ride a bike, but for those that love cycle riding, that is not an option.
- Cyclists should make sure they have a good knowledge of the Highway Code, and obey traffic signs, traffic roundabouts and traffic lights.
- They should always keep their bike well maintained because if their brakes fail or their chain breaks at the wrong time, they may have no control on being injured in an accident.
- Keeping alert to what is going on around them is important, and is why they should not wear headphones for music or their mobile phone. Apart from being a distraction, it can stop them hearing traffic they cannot see.
- It is a legal requirement that they wear a well fitting good quality helmet, and they should wear any other protective clothing they can as well.
- Wearing something bright makes them more visible to other road users.
- Legally, they should never ride on motorways or pavements, and they should not hold onto another moving vehicle.
- Leave plenty of space between them and the vehicle in front.
- If you are out as a group of riders, don’t hog the whole road. If traffic wants to get past, ride in single file until they have overtaken.
- Keep well clear when passing parked vehicles, as a door opening suddenly right in front of them could cause a very nasty accident for the cycle rider.
When an accident happens in which someone is injured, the police should be called, and a complaint that cyclists often make is that it is assumed the accident must have been their fault. Some complain that this happens to such an extent that the police do not even bother to ask for the cyclist’s point of view of the accident, and you should not allow this to happen if it is you in this situation, make sure your voice is heard.
Getting the best help for your personal injury claim in Nuneaton and Bedworth
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline is the best way to make you personal injury claim. Cyclists often are the least represented because they do not need insurance, but we will make sure they get the legal representation they need for a successful personal injury claim. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.