If you enjoy cycling, but you are unlucky enough to have a road accident in Norwich while you are out riding, if the accident was not your own fault, and you were injured severely enough to need medical attention, providing the accident happened within the last three years, you should contact a personal injury lawyer at Accident Advice Helpline, to claim the compensation the law says you are entitled to.
Serious injuries can happen while you are out cycling and become involved in a road accident in Norwich, even fatalities are not unusual.
A cyclist is so exposed that this is inevitable. But even what are apparently minor injuries, can mean having to lose time from work, or having to pay for physiotherapy. All extra costs, or losses, should be considered to see if they could be part of your injury claim.
Cyclists involved in a road accident in Norwich could sustain serious injuries
Having a serious injury, for example brain damage, can be life changing, not just for the victim but for those around them as well. If the condition of the victim is such that they are no longer capable of dealing with these matters themselves, a family member should make the injury claim. There may be care costs involved, among other things, and the victim should be in a financial position to have whatever they need. They should not lose out on their compensation just because they need help.
Causes of a cycle accident
In the majority of cycle accidents they are solo events. More cyclists come off their bikes because of potholes and bad roads, than because of accidents involving other road users. Quite often when another road user is to blame, it is because they have just not seen the cyclist till it is too late – this could cause a road accident in Norwich.
How to reduce the risks
There are a few things the cyclist can do to try and reduce the risks of serious injuries in an accident, for example:
- Wearing the correct protective clothing. A well fitting, good quality helmet. Kneepads, elbow pads and good footwear will all help.
- Making themselves as visible as possible. High vis on the clothing helps, just make sure you do not blend in with your surroundings.
- If riding with other cyclists, do not ride along side each other. If cars are trying to overtake the bikes, this makes it very difficult for them, the drivers will get impatient and end up taking risks they should not. Although an accident in this situation would be the drivers’ fault, and you may be able to make an injury claim for a road accident in Norwich, it is better not to have the injuries to start with.
- Leave at least a door width if riding past parked cars. It is common for drivers to open their doors and knock cyclists off their bikes, and the consequences can be very nasty.
Accident Advice Helpline is the best place to get help with your personal injury claim. Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for all the help and support you will need.
Date Published: 18th March 2014
Author: David Brown