If I have a cycling accident, can I make an injury claim in Sawbridgeworth?
Sawbridgeworth is four miles south of Bishops Stortford. It lies on the A1184 and has a railway station that links to Liverpool Street Station in London. It is often visited by walkers and cyclists, and 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 an injury claim in Sawbridgeworth.
What sort of things may lead to me needing to make an injury claim in Sawbridgeworth?
The majority of cycling accidents are solo events, often caused by potholes and bad road surfaces but nonetheless serious. 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, such as:
- 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 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 driver 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.
- Wearing a well fitting, good quality cycling helmet. If the helmet is dropped or has a hard knock, it should be discarded and replaced because its integrity will be in doubt.
- Do not ride 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.
The injuries that can result from a cycle accident
A few of the more common ones are:
- Cuts and bruises;
- Broken bones;
- Back and spinal injuries; and
- Head and brain injuries.
Any of these injuries, if the accident was not your fault, could result in an injury claim in Sawbridgeworth.
Where to go after you have been injured
Firstly, 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: 15th September 2013
Author: David Brown