The prevention of cycling injury claims starts way before the actual accident itself. Accident Advice Helpline handle thousands of cycle claims every year so if they are handling your cycling injury claim then you are in safe hands.
Time and time again, the expert personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline see the same driving errors that have caused injuries to cyclists. Some of these injuries can be extremely serious and even life threatening. Every year in this country around 19,000 cyclists are killed or injured in reported road accidents.
However, there are some steps that cyclists themselves can take to reduce their chances of becoming involved in a cycling injury claim in the first place and many of these steps start way before you get anywhere near a road.
Buying a bicycle
Always choose the right size bike for you – it is dangerous to ride a bike that is too big for you if you cannot put your feet to the floor to support yourself when you stop. The size of bike that you need will depend on how tall you are. If you intend to ride in traffic then remember that you will be putting your feet on the floor a lot of the time.
You cannot just jump on your bike and cycle off onto the main road – it will have to be set up for you to make sure that it is safe. The saddle will need to be adjusted to your exact height and this can take some trial and error. Find an area away from the main road where you can experiment. Make sure that you can comfortably reach the handle bars and brakes.
The position of the handle bars can also be adjusted. Many people prefer their handlebars to be in an elevated or ‘head up’ position as it makes them feel more confident in traffic. It is vital that you can effectively use the breaks!
Do not just set off on the road if you are not competent to do so. Make sure that you are familiar with all road signs and with those that apply particularly to cyclists such as:
- Signs for segregated and unsegregated cycle paths
- Contra flow cycle lanes
- Advance stop signs for cyclists
There are cycling courses and guides available if you are unsure of your competence as a cyclist and you can find out about these with a simple internet search.
There are several other pieces of equipment which will make your cycling experience safer and more enjoyable and these may include:
- A well-fitting cycle helmet
- A high visibility jacket
- Lights for your bicycle – front and rear
- A bell to alert other road users
Looking for a lawyer in Aros?
If you’ve been involved in an accident in Aros and are looking for a lawyer to help you claim compensation why not try Accident Advice Helpline? We do not have a lawyer in Aros working directly for us but this doesn’t matter, we can still help you claim as we are a national injury law firm that covers all areas of the UK. So if you need an injury lawyer in Aros or anyway make us your first point of call.
To make an injury claim or for more information, call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 10th January 2014
Author: David Brown