Do you own a bicycle?
Do you ride it regularly on the road?
Do you know the danger points?
Here in the UK we are being encouraged out of cars. Government and local councils are suggesting that this is not only better for the environment but that the exercise is also good for us. It stimulates endorphins, a hormone that makes us feel better about ourselves. It is a stress busting hormone!
On the whole, this is a good idea. Council are creating cycle lanes in towns and villages, as well as in the larger cities. In London, for example, cyclists are treated favourably and a programme of re-education of road users is under way.
But as any injury lawyer in Ayr will tell you, there are dangers to life and limb when it comes to cycling.
In the year 2012 there were many cycling accidents:
There were 3,222 serious cycling incidents in which 2,911 adults were seriously hurt and 311 children sustained life-changing injuries. Of the 15,751 incidents involving bicycles, 13,877 adults sustained ‘light’ injuries, with 1,874 children also injured in this way.
Suggestions by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) suggest that there are many cycle accidents where cycles Vs. Car is not reported, therefore these figures could be conservative estimates.
An injury lawyer in Ayr could help you make a claim for cycling injuries if the accident was not your fault.
And if you live in a rural area and cycle, the chances of you being knocked from your bike are higher – 75% of these cycling accidents in 2012 occurred in a rural area.
But there was a flash point – any cyclist who regularly cycles on UK roads will be nodding in agreement at this – junctions. The majority of cycling accidents occur at a junction which, according to the Police, is simply down to the driver failing to look ‘properly’.
If you have been knocked from your bicycle and it was not your fault, then why not take some time to call the Accident Advice Helpline? We have many expert and knowledgeable injury lawyers in Ayr waiting to work with you on your case.
Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. If you prefer, you can also log on to our website and use the incredibly handy and fast ‘compensation calculator’. By answering a few simple questions, you will know within seconds if you have a compensation claim for a personal injury.
Date Published: 27th October 2013
Author: David Brown