Road traffic accident claims make a large proportion of the cases that Accident Advice Helpline handles, and many of these involve collisions between a bicycle and another road user. Bicycles offer very little in the way of physical protection to their riders, so it is usually the cyclist that suffers the more serious injuries in this type of accident.
If you are one of the unlucky people who suffer a cycling injury in the Arlingham area, you may be able to start a cycling injury case with a lawyer in Arlingham by calling Accident Advice Helpline. We will help you to claim financial compensation for your injuries from the person who was to blame for the accident. This is often another vehicle driver. You have up to three years to make this sort of claim, but it is always advisable to call us and get some good early advice about your cycling injury claim with a lawyer in Arlingham.
There are several steps that you as a cyclist can take to prevent becoming involved in a cycling injury compensation case in the first place. These precautions often also reduce the severity of injuries suffered, should an accident occur. Here are some top cycling safety tips for you to bear in mind when cycling around the Arlingham area.
Top five cycling safety tips
- Make sure drivers know you are there. You may need to cycle away from the gutter, hang back behind HGVs so that you appear in their mirror, or make eye contact with drivers. If they are aware of your position, they are much less likely to hit you.
- Remember that you are a vehicle and the rules and regulations that apply to cars and lorries also apply to you. Thus, you should not cycle on the pavements, you must stop at red lights and you cannot cycle the wrong way up a one-way street.
- Wear bright clothes to make sure that you stand out. High-visibility jackets are now widely available. Also, use lights at night – it gets dark very early during the winter months and you are very likely to need lights for your journey home from work.
- Do not use a mobile phone whilst you are cycling, as you will not be concentrating on the road if you do. You will also have one less hand to use to control the bicycle and this can be very dangerous, especially if you have to swerve to avoid an obstacle in the road.
- Consider wearing a cycle helmet. Opinion is divided on the use of cycling helmets, but they have been shown to prevent some serious head injuries in some types of accident. So you should certainly consider using one yourself.
Call Accident Advice Helpline to connect with an expert injury lawyer in Arlingham
If you want to discuss your accident in more detail then make sure you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisers can be reached on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.