If you enjoy riding your bicycle then this is a good hobby as it is fun, good exercise and cheap if it is your only form of transport. There is only one problem with riding a bicycle and that is you are very vulnerable to having a serious accident. This is because you are not protected like you are in a car, and you are open to an injury happening to you.
If this has happened to you in the last 3 years, and if it was not your fault and you suffered injuries as a result, then you should contact the solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline so they can assist you in making an injury claim.
If you are hit by a car this could be because they are distracted. The distraction might not be the views or something outside the car catching their eye; a car driver might be trying to change a CD or tune his radio, and although it’s illegal, he might even be talking on his mobile phone.
How to reduce the risks of accidents and injuries
As a cyclist, you are extremely vulnerable to a serious injury through the event of an accident that was not your fault. There are some things you can do to try and reduce the risks, for instance:
- Wear good, sturdy cycling shoes to try to prevent broken bones in your feet
- Wear bright clothing, preferably high visibility so that other road users are more aware of you
- Do not ride next to another rider making it difficult for vehicles to overtake you
- If you are passing parked cars, leave enough room for the door to be opened without smashing into you
- A well fitting, good quality safety helmet is important. These do not give as much protection as a motorbike helmet, but are better than nothing to try and protect your head
- Knee and elbow protectors will help with these particular joints
If you follow the tips above, then it might not stop an accident, but will hopefully reduce the severity of the injuries.
Serious injuries from cycling accidents
Quite often with a cycle accident there is no other vehicle involved. Potholes and bad road surfaces cause more cycling accidents than vehicle drivers. Falling off your cycle because of a pothole does not sound very serious, but the injuries sustained in this way can be major.
It depends how you fall, and what is in the way when you fall, but it is not uncommon for cyclists to sustain head or brain injuries, or to become disabled because of an accident that happens in this way.
Looking for solicitors in Epworth?
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping cyclists for over 15 years. Our solicitors have handled many cases of personal injury compensation for cycle riders, unfortunately some of them have been fatalities and we have helped the bereaved families.
Although we do not have injury solicitors in Epworth we can still represent you and your claim. This is because we are a national firm that works across the whole of the UK. So if you need injury solicitors in Epworth look no further than our expert service.
Our advisors are friendly, professional and have compassion, and they will understand what you are going through and will help you all they can. You can contact them on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500 from a landline or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 28th March 2014
Author: David Brown