Cycling accidents are more common in urban areas of the country than in rural locations, due to the increased traffic congestion and volume of vehicles competing for limited road space. Unfortunately, cyclists can often be the victims of devastating injuries, caused by being hit by more robust vehicles such as heavy goods lorries and cars.
Why are cyclists more vulnerable than others on the roads?
- The design of a bike is such that it is constructed of lightweight materials to ensure the speed and aerodynamics of the ride, not for the impact of another vehicle colliding with it.
- Bikes aren’t fitted with impact protection, air bags or safety belts to cushion the effects of a collision.
- In addition, many cyclists wear streamlined lycra bodysuits to reduce friction and resistance. However, these outfits aren’t designed for protecting the torso and limbs from collision with other road users or the road surface.
- Many lycra based clothes aren’t made to be highly visible to other road users and requires a tabard or high visibility band to be worn over the top which many cyclists dislike.
Are you safe on your bike?
Cyclists are at increased risk of being involved in a collision at junctions and roundabouts. This is because other road users need to change lanes and road positioning to ensure that they are in the correct lane. Sudden changes in lanes requires both the cyclist and drivers to check all mirrors, signal and manoeuvre accordingly and they may fail to notice a cyclist.
Early morning cycle rides to work and evening rides home are peak times for a cyclist to be struck by other road users. Lights are particularly important in poor daylight and poor weather conditions. They allow you to be seen before you are approached and enable you to see road markings clearly ahead.
Taxis and buses need space to pull out and cyclists are often the victims of collisions involving vehicles such as these. Cycle lanes mean that other road users should give adequate space for cyclists on the road.
Injury lawyers in Wimbledon or Accident Advice Helpline
If you, or a fellow cyclist, have been injured as the result of a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault within the last 3 years, then you may be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim using Accident Advice Helpline.
Although your first thought may be to contact a firm of local injury lawyers in Wimbledon you may actually find that your claim is better off in the hands of Accident Advice Helpline. We do not have injury lawyers in Wimbledon, working directly in the area, however we can still represent you as we are a national firm so we help claimants all over the UK. Plus we specialise in the area of personal injury which means your claim receives the benefits of specialist knowledge and experience.
Simply call their 24/7 helpline and speak to a friendly adviser who can offer you no obligation advice about using their injury lawyers in Wimbledon. In fact, their injury lawyers in Wimbledon will even process your claim on a 100% ‘no win, no fee’ basis.
To establish your eligibility to make a claim, try their unique 30 second online test and see if you can claim using their injury lawyers in Wimbledon! Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 28th November 2013
Author: David Brown