One of the UK’s biggest pastimes now is cycling. It does not matter if you are young or old, cycling is very popular among all ages. Unfortunately, cycling accidents can end up having unpleasant results. This is because cyclists are very vulnerable due to their lack of protection, so consequently their injuries tend to be serious if not life-threatening.
If you have an accident while out cycling, and you were not at fault but sustained injuries as a result, then you may want to speak to a personal injury lawyer in March about making a personal injury compensation claim.
Most cycling accidents are solo events, often caused by potholes and bad road surfaces but nonetheless serious. The cyclist has very little protection compared to a car driver or even a motorcyclist, but there are things they can do to try to reduce the risks of injuries being serious, for example:
- Wear something bright or high visibility, which will make you more visible to other road users.
- Don’t ride next to other cyclists, as this can be dangerous. Motor vehicle drivers tend to get impatient when they are slowed down by cyclists and will probably want to overtake them. This is much more difficult and much more likely to cause problems if there are riders next to each other taking up the road.
- Wear a well fitting, good quality cycling helmet. This should be worn correctly, not pushed to the back of the head. Make sure you purchase it from a reputable supplier, as there are many fakes on the market giving little or no protection at all.
- Wear knee and elbow pads to reduce the risk of road rash and protect the joints.
- Leave enough space when riding past parked cars for them to open a door and not knock you off your bicycle.
- Know the Highway Code.
- Maintain your bicycle, particularly its lights and brakes.
These precautions should help to reduce the risk of serious injury, and hopefully avoid the need for you to use a personal injury lawyer in March.
Cycling accident injuries that can happen
There are numerous injuries that can happen because of a cycling accident. Assuming the rider survives the accident, they could sustain such injuries as:
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Fractured bones;
- Back and spinal injuries;
- Head and brain injuries;
- Road rash;
- Cuts and bruises; and
- Facial injuries.
Any of these injuries, if they happened in an accident for which you were not to blame, could result in you making a personal injury compensation claim.
What you should do when you need a personal injury lawyer in March
Obviously, the first thing to do is seek medical attention for your injuries. After you have done that and given yourself time to recover from the trauma of the accident, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline, we are the experts in making personal injury claims.
We will give you all the help and advice you need, and will take the stress away from you. Call our helpline on 0880 689 0500 (0333 500 0993 from a mobile) and our friendly and helpful advisors will discuss your accident and injuries, give you free legal advice regarding your claim, and then let you decide if you wish to continue with a personal injury lawyer in March claim.
Date Published: 1st March 2014