Keep safe on your bike
It does not matter how young or old you are to enjoy cycling. In fact, cycling is now the third most popular pastime in the UK. You can ride on your own, some people enjoy to ride in groups with clubs, or some people use a bike just for commuting to and from work.
Whatever your reason for riding your bike, you are very susceptible to accidents and vulnerable to serious injury.
Some precautions you can take
If you are a cyclist, then you have very little protection compared to a car driver or even a motorcyclist, but there are some things you can do to try and reduce the risks of being seriously hurt:
- Wear kneepads and elbow pads to reduce the risk of road rash and joint injuries.
- Wear something bright or high visibility. Many accidents happen because the driver of another vehicle does not see the rider until it is too late. Wearing something of this order will make you more visible and less likely to be involved in an accident.
- Have a good knowledge of the Highway Code, and make sure you follow it.
- Check that your bicycle is in good working order before you set out. Check tyre pressure and your brakes, particularly.
- Wearing a well fitting, good quality cycling helmet. Buy your helmet from a reputable supplier, as there are many fakes on the market. If it is damaged in any way, discard and replace it as its integrity may be compromised.
- Do not ride along next to another cyclist. This can create a bottleneck of traffic with many impatient drivers, leading to risks being taken and accidents happening.
- Leave enough space when riding past parked cars for them to open a door and not knock you off your bicycle. A vehicle coming the other way could cause you a lot of damage.
If you take these precautions, you will hopefully reduce the risk of having to make a personal injury compensation claim using an injury lawyer in Swansea.
Injuries that can result from a cycling accident
There are numerous possible injuries; a few examples are:
- Facial injuries;
- Cuts and bruises;
- Road rash;
- Back and spinal injuries;
- Head and brain injuries;
- Fractures; and
You should be speaking with an injury lawyer in Swansea about making a personal injury compensation claim if you sustain any of these, or indeed any other injury, as a result of an accident that was not your fault.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make your claim
Accident Advice Helpline is the place to go to make your personal injury compensation claim. We have been assisting victims for over 15 years, making sure that they get the justice they deserve when making their personal injury compensation claims.
Call our helpline on 0800 180 4123 and our advisors will discuss your cases with you, give you free legal advice and then deal with everything, giving you a little hassle as possible.
There is also 30-second test on our website, which will let you know if you have a valid claim and also give you a rough idea of how much to expect if you were to be successful.
Date Published: 11th March 2014
Author: David Brown