Can I make an injury claim in Rye for a cycling accident?
Rye is a small town in East Sussex approximately two miles from the open sea. It is often visited by walkers and cyclists. If one of these are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident that was not their fault, they may be able to make an injury claim in Rye.
What happens if I come off my bicycle, can I make an injury claim in Rye?
The cyclist has very little protection compared to a car driver or even a motorcyclist, but there are some things they can do to try and reduce the risks of being seriously hurt:
- Do not ride along next to another cyclist. Motor vehicle drivers tend to get impatient when they are slowed down by cyclists and will probably want to overtake them. This is much more difficult and much more likely to cause problems if there are riders next to each other taking up the road.
- Leave enough space when riding past parked cars for them to open a door and not knock you off your bicycle. This is a very common occurrence and can be very dangerous, as you may be knocked into the path of a vehicle coming the other way.
- Wear a well fitting, good quality helmet. This does not give as much protection as a motorcyclist’s helmet, but the cyclist would not be doing the speed a motorbike reaches and it would give some protection. However, if the helmet is dropped or has a hard knock, it should be discarded and replaced because its integrity will be in doubt.
- Wear kneepads and elbow pads to reduce the risk of road rash. This is where the skin and flesh is taken from these joints as the cyclist moves along the road.
- Wear something bright or high visibility. Many accidents happen because the other vehicle does not see the rider until it is too late. Wearing something of this order will make you more visible and less likely to be involved in an accident.
If you take these precautions, you should reduce the risk of having to make an injury claim in Rye.
What injuries could I sustain?
Here are a few common ones:
- Back and spinal injuries;
- Head and brain injuries;
- Road rash;
- Cuts and bruises;
- Broken bones; and
- Facial injuries.
Any of these injuries, if the accident was not your fault, could result in an injury claim in Rye.
Who can help me?
Obviously, the first place is to seek medical attention for you injuries. After you have done that and given yourself time to recover from the trauma of the accident, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline.
We will give you all the help and advice you need and will take the stress away from you. Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 and our advisors will deal with everything, giving you a little hassle as possible.
Date Published: 13th September 2013
Author: David Brown