The pastime of cycling is one of the UK’s fastest growing sports – all thanks to the success in recent years of our cycling sportsmen in the Olympic Games and Tour de France.
As we are all more concerned with keeping fit and healthy it is also an excellent form of exercise. It gets us out of the house and provides both us and our families with fresh air. Numerous cycle trails have sprung up around the UK and these provide safe conditions for cyclists although accidents can still occur.
Sadly the downside in this rise in activity is that the increased number of cyclists on the roads means that the number of accidents involving bicycles is increasing. Every month around 230 cyclists are injured on our roads and if you speak to a personal injury lawyer in Bourton-on-the-Hill they will tell you that more cycling related accidents are appearing on their books than ever before. If you have been injured in a cycling accident and it was not your fault then you can make a claim for compensation, this can include the cost of replacing your bike.
Personal Injury Lawyer in Bourton-on-the-Hill.
Contacting a personal injury lawyer is easy. You will find their details in the local telephone book or on the internet. If you suffered a cycling accident while visiting the area and have now returned home then you can contact a local solicitor, or, a national legal firm such as Accident Advice Helpline. Anyone making a claim will have many questions to ask and by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone) you will be able to find the answers you are looking for.
Being safe on the roads
Whilst accidents are sometimes unavoidable there are steps you can take to make sure that the chances are minimised.
- Always wear a suitable safety helmet when riding your bike and insist that the other members of your family do as well.
- Hi visibility clothing is another must, and should be worn at all times.
- If it is a bright sunny day you may not see the need but a tabard or vest will mean you are far easier for the motorist to spot.
- Knee and elbow protectors are also useful and younger members of the family should always wear them.
- Always try and stay on the designated cycle tracks and remember that the rules of the road apply to cyclists as well as drivers.
Getting help when something goes wrong.
If you or a member of your group is involved in an accident then you should always seek medical attention. If another road user was involved then it should be reported to the police as this will have implications on future insurance claims. By calling Accident Advice Helpline or by speaking to a personal injury lawyer in Bourton-on-the-HIll you will be able to get advice on what you need to do to make a claim and ensure that you have everything you need before you begin.
Date Published: 20th April 2014
Author: David Brown