Being on the roads is a dangerous pastime, whatever your mode of transport. But being on a bicycle or a horse puts you at greater risk than being in a car. Road traffic accidents can cause horrific and even fatal injuries, but the modern car offers many safety features and is designed to keep you as safe as possible. On a horse or a bike you are exposed not only to the elements but also the behaviour of other road users, many of whom fail to give you the right consideration. Many people are seeking help by approaching an injury lawyer. Cirencester is a very agricultural area and accident victims are making compensation claims following accidents on bikes or involving horses on a regular basis.
Country roads- Understand your rights.
The Highway Code is a good place to start when studying what rights you have on the road. The police deem that a cyclist or horse rider have as much right to be on the road as any other road user and they should be given the same courtesy. In fact an ancient by law exists that gives horses the right of way on a highway and this has never been repealed. They also have the right to use verges and green areas to enable them to stay clear of the hazards of the road. Many road users are sadly not aware of this and see horses as a nuisance. If you are a horse rider then speak to the British Horse Society Highways Officer and understand your rights on the road and what to do if you or your horse are injured.
Whether on a bike or a horse, visibility is key. Another little known fact is that you should wear high visibility equipment whenever you ride a horse or bike on a public highway. Failure to do so could lead to complications in an insurance claim. Obey the rules of the road as you would in a car, give way at junctions and use your head as to what is safe and stay off the roads as much as possible. Always ride with the traffic and not against it and use clear hand signals. That way, if you are involved in an incident, you can demonstrate that you know the laws of the road and are abiding by them. People making a compensation claim throughout Cirencester are often asked to provide witnesses of their accident, so if anyone is present, ask for their contact details at the scene.
Injury lawyer Cirencester- What you should so if the unthinkable happens.
Should you be unlucky enough to suffer an accident then you will need help, not only from the police and your insurer, but from a claims specialist so that you do not suffer without compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is here to help you, whatever the circumstances of your accident and are happy to talk twenty four hours a day seven days a week. You can call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and get no obligation advice about your accident and your right to make a claim.
Date Published: 27th October 2013
Author: David Brown