Cycling has become the third most popular pastime in the UK. People of all ages are taking up the activity for all sorts of reasons, but there are many who will not ride a cycle on our roads because they feel unsafe in the amount of traffic they would encounter.
This thought is not without reason as cyclists are very vulnerable because of their lack of protection, and many fear being injured in an accident that was not their fault. Colliding with a motorised vehicle can have serious consequences for a cyclist and many of these accidents are caused by the fault of the vehicle drivers. They just do not see the cyclist until it is too late to stop, causing serious injuries and sometimes death.
The seriousness of cycling injuries and using the solicitors in Ixworth
Because cyclists injuries can be so serious there tends to be many that sustain things like brain damage, a life changing injury that can affect all those around them as well as the victim themselves. Cyclists are maimed by vehicles all the time, just imagine being hit by an HGV when on your cycle, the consequences do not bear thinking about.
Any faultless victim that has been in a cycle accident should get professional help from the solicitors in Ixworth at Accident Advice Helpline.
It is a sad fact that very often it is assumed the cyclist was the cause of the accident. We will make sure this is not done and that you are treated fairly and that your voice is heard when you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault.
Other causes of cycle accidents
Many cycling accidents happen because of potholes and bad roads, and are not accidents involving other vehicles. Local councils should keep the roads in good order, and if they fail to do so could face a cyclist injury claim from the solicitors in Ixworth at Accident Advice Helpline.
How to reduce the risks
You can try to reduce the risks of an accident and serious injuries by:
- Wearing the correct protective clothing. As well as a good quality helmet, kneepads, elbow pads and good footwear will all help. The rider should make sure they wear the helmet correctly, not tilted backwards on their head.
- Making themselves as visible as possible. High vis on clothing helps, just make sure you do not blend in with your surroundings by wearing all green while riding in the countryside.
- If riding with other cyclists, do not ride along side each other. Cars that are trying to overtake the bikes, the drivers may get impatient and end up taking risks they should not. Although an accident in this situation would be the drivers’ fault, and you maybe able to make an injury claim, it is better not to have the injuries to start with.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is the best place to get help if you want to make a personal injury compensation claim because of a cycling, or any other type of accident. Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for all the help and support you will need from our friendly and helpful advisers.
Date Published: 10th April 2014
Author: David Brown