Ahhh, the bicycle…Providing plenty of exercise in the great outdoors along with that edge of danger to keep the adrenaline pumping whilst you remain comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and bark as you whiz past and potholes become personal. But, is cycling on the great British roads a danger?
Injury lawyer Ryton: For when wheel-power simply isn’t enough
There is no doubt that a bicycle is a cost-effective form of transport. Not only is it kind to the environment, it also keeps us fit and healthy along with being a fun way to travel. In fact, it is so fun, people look forward to taking time off work to enjoy a relaxing or invigorating cycle ride. Cruising along the cycle track in sunny Ryton on a hot day is a lovely way to spend a June afternoon but cycling to work during the Ryton rush hour is not so glamorous.
Sadly, motorists have a negative attitude towards cyclists, thus making them vulnerable. Accidents usually occur when drivers fail to see a cycle. A cyclist in Ryton was forced off the road and into a wall when a driver did not provide enough room whilst overtaking. Statistics reveal that whilst road accidents have dropped dramatically, the rise in bicycle injuries have increased sharply. Over 2000 cyclists are seriously injured or killed each year.
Injury lawyer Ryton: A cyclists best friend…
Any cycling accident should be talked over with a personal injury lawyer even if the incident was only minor. The amount received will depend upon the level of psychological and physical pain endured. A personal injury lawyer will seek to compensate you for the expense of buying a new bicycle, some of which are quite costly to replace if manufactured with carbon-fiber frames and ultra-light wheels. He will also include any loss of earnings and/or additional travel costs incurred from having a damaged cycle.
Injury lawyer Ryton: Pedal your blues away whilst a personal injury lawyer acts on your behalf…
Therefore, it makes sense for cyclists to have insurance cover. This will prevent them from being sued for damages if the fault should happen to be theirs. Premiums are low due to the fact that cyclists very rarely cause accidents. Figures show that only 7% of accidents are actually the fault of a cyclist. Having said that, a small monthly payment is surely worth the expense considering that a road accident could amount to hundreds, if not even thousands of pounds.
If you have been injured by an uninsured driver, you can still seek the service of a personal injury lawyer who will act via the Motor Insurer’s Bureau, an industry set up to fund victims who drive without insurance. However, the whole process may take significantly longer and the compensation may not be as generous.
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The Accident Advice Helpline has friendly, experienced staff who will advise you on your situation. There is absolutely no pressure to decide on the spot or to even use AAH but one call on 0800 689 0500 will let you know if you are on the right track; and we don’t mean cycle track!
Date Published: 21st October 2013
Author: David Brown