In the 1930’s there were a lot less people living in the UK and cars were still a luxury. Very few people could afford a car, so millions were on the roads on cycles. Because of the sheer amount of them that were being ridden, there were far more cycling accidents than there are today, and far more people killed in them.
Comparing the number of cycle riders to deaths in the 1930’s with today’s figures, the numbers of people killed in cycle accidents as a percentage has reduced, but it seems that the number of them being seriously injured has increased.
The one thing that has not changed much is the fact that most cycle accidents are caused by someone other than the rider, which means they are entitled, in South Yorkshire and all across the UK, to make a ‘no win, no fee’ accident claim for compensation.
How cyclists can reduce the risk of accidents and how South Yorkshire residents can claim ‘no win no fee’ accident compensation
It is very difficult to avoid an accident someone else has caused, but there are precautions cyclists can take to try and reduce the risks, and to help lessen the seriousness of their injuries, such things as:
- Wearing a good quality, well fitting safety helmet – this is a legal requirement.
- Wearing as much other protective clothing as they can – knee pads, elbow pads and good sturdy footwear can all help protect the body in an accident.
- Wearing something bright – this will make them more visible to other road users.
- Having a good knowledge of the Highway Code – they need to know this so that they know how to obey the road signs, traffic islands and traffic lights, all of which is law.
- Keeping well clear of parked cars – leaving enough room as they pass them stops the danger of a door opening and them being knocked off their bicycle.
- Not wearing headphones – music or mobile phones can take the concentration away from the rider and can also mean they might not hear traffic they cannot see.
- Keeping alert at all times – just sometimes they might be able to steer clear of an accident if they are aware of what is happening around them.
- Keeping their cycle well maintained – this is really important as failing brakes or a chain breaking at the wrong moment could mean the difference between being in an accident or not.
Hopefully, following these tips will help cyclists avoid the possibility of being in an accident, but if someone else still causes them to be injured, they should get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline for all the assistance they will need to make their South Yorkshire, ‘no win no fee’ accident claim.
As a specialist law firm, we have the knowledge and expertise gained from over 14 years experience of making successful claims to be able to make sure they get the best legal representation after an accident that was not their own fault. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0933 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 7th November 2014