How to avoid injuries whilst out riding a bike
Cycling is fastest growing hobby in the UK. You can cycle for sport, commuting to work or just for pleasure. But it does not matter how experienced you are, you could still have an accident in which you get injured through the fault of someone else. If this happens to you, then you may want to use a personal injury lawyer in Kinnersley to make an injury claim.
Reducing the risks of a cycling accident
Cyclists are more vulnerable on the roads than drivers of cars and larger vehicles, as they have very little protection against injuries if they have an accident. There are some things cyclists can do to reduce the risk of an accident from happening, such as:
- Wearing high-visibility jackets, high-visibility stripes on legs and the like will make you more visible to other road users;
- Not rididing next to someone else, as this can make it difficult for a car to overtake and you might be knocked off your bike;
- Wearing a good quality helmet can reduce any head injuries you may sustain;
- If you are passing parked cars, make sure that you leave at least a car door width between you and the cars to avoid a driver opening a door and hitting you;
- Have a good knowledge of the Highway Code; and
- Maintain your bike, including brakes, lights and tyres.
Types of injuries cyclists can have
The types of injuries cyclists can have can vary from small cuts and bruises to serious head injuries, and even fatalities. Typical injuries can include:
- Dental injuries;
- Anxiety and stress;
- Fractured bones;
- Facial injuries;
- Whiplash injuries;
- Back injuries; and
- Road rash.
Can you claim for anything else?
There is more to think about than just injuries when making a compensation claim. What if you cannot work again — how will you feed the family or pay the household bills? If you end up in a wheelchair, how will you get in and out of your home without ramps and how will you shower yourself? The list is endless, but it all needs to be accounted for when you make your compensation claim. Some of the areas that may be included are:
- Pain and suffering;
- Anxiety and stress;
- Cost of care;
- Loss of earnings;
- Extra medical expenses; and
- Travel expenses.
Who can help you?
The place to go is Accident Advice Helpline – we are here to give you help and advice regarding your personal injury claim and can provide a personal injury lawyer in Kinnersley.
When you call our freephone number 0800 1980 4123, you will find advisors who are friendly and professional. They will give you free advice and help you all they can. Alternatively, you could try our 30-second test online for some guidance. We operate a no win no fee* agreement, so no money will have to be found to finance your claim.