Winter is the time of year when Accident Advice Helpline deal with the largest amount of road traffic accident compensation cases. This is because most road traffic accidents occur during the winter months – an inevitable consequence of the dark nights and appalling weather. At least people who have been involved in a road traffic accident in the Arran area can take some comfort from the fact that there are expert personal injury law firms like Accident Advice Helpline who are willing to provide them with a lawyer in Arran for their compensation claim. It is easy for them to access this help as well – all they have to do is pick up the phone and call Accident Advice Helpline for free.
Winter time is often the point in the year when cyclists get caught out without appropriate lights, and this can make cycling much more dangerous. It can even increase your chances of becoming involved in a cycling injury. Unfortunately the remedy is not as simple as just sticking any old light on your bike — you should look into the matter in some detail to make sure that you are buying the correct lights, and that your safety is protected.
The difference between being caught up in a cycling injury compensation claim and not being caught up in one can be as simple as just making sure that you are seen. It is very difficult to be seen if you do not have any lights on your bike. Cars and motorcycles have built-in lights, so all drivers have to do is make sure that the lights are working and then turn them on when they are needed. Bicycle lights require a bit more effort than that.
You are legally required to have one front light (white light), one rear light (red light) and reflectors (orange on the pedals) if you are riding your bicycle on the highway after dark. It is important to place the light where it will always be seen by other road users. Remember to check that your coat or bag is not blocking your light. Some people choose to use a permanent four LED pannier rack light, and others keep a backup set of lights in case the original ones stop working. Spare batteries are also vital, although more modern lights have USB chargers.
Bicycle lights alone may not be enough to keep you visible, so some cyclists use helmets lights as well. High-visibility clothing is another popular way of getting yourself seen, although this will not be as effective if you place a large dark rucksack over the top of it. You may have to consider buying some reflectors for your rucksack as well – some of these are magnetic for easy removal.
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 now.
Date Published: 10th January 2014
Author: David Brown