Arrochar is a village in the West of Scotland which is a popular destination for cycling holidays. Many people love the challenge of the steep inclines and rugged terrain. Of course, if you have struggled up a sharp incline you are often rewarded by a free run down the other side. The lack of cars and other motorised vehicles can mean that it is much safer to cycle in the country than in an urban environment, but this is not always the case.
Whilst more accidents involving bicycles are reported from urban areas (because there are more bikes and cars on the same roads), the accidents that occur on country roads tend to be more serious. This can be because the car colliding with the bicycle is travelling at a greater speed. If you have been injured in a cycling accident in the Arrochar area that was not your fault, you may be able to start a cycling accident claim with a lawyer in Arrochar.
A cycling accident compensation claim is when you, the injured person, make a claim for financial compensation from the person who caused the accident. In the case of cycling accidents, this is often the driver of a motor vehicle. A law firm like Accident Advice Helpline will help you with this providing all the legal backup and support you need.
So, what is the safest way of cycling on country roads and avoiding a conversation with a lawyer in Arrochar? Should you stick to the gutter like glue or hog the middle of the road? Here are some top safety tips for cycling in the country that may also help you avoid becoming involved in a cycling injury compensation claim.
Top five tips for cycling safely in the country
- The main way to avoid cycling injury compensation claims is to ride confidently. At times this may mean cycling in the middle of the road, because it is not safe for another vehicle to pass – remember, many country lanes are very narrow. This sends a clear signal to the driver behind you that they have to wait until it is safe for them to pass, and prevents you from being pushed into the ditch by an inconsiderate driver.
- Watch out for potholes and uneven surfaces – both are common on country roads, as they do not always receive the same levels of maintenance as city highways and motorways.
- Be on the lookout for animals wandering into the road – sheep are especially keen on doing this. A good sharp shout will usually move them out of the way and onto the verge, or back into a field.
- Take supplies with you – there will not be a corner shop every half a mile and the journey may take longer than you originally thought.
- Always wear high-visibility clothing and fit lights to your bike, even if the weather is fine. Rural areas experience very rapid changes in weather conditions and fog, rain and the like vary greatly according to altitude.
Talk to us about a lawyer in Arrochar
If you want to discuss your accident in more detail or if you want to talk about hiring a lawyer in Arrochar 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