How drivers and cyclists can coexist safely, and how to claim for a whiplash injury
Drivers and cyclists have a complex history, and are well-known for not particularly getting along with one another. This is often because they both feel that the other doesn’t respect their right to the road, and that the other is a nuisance and a threat to them.
If you have sustained a whiplash injury in Bodorgan as a result of either a driver or a cyclist’s negligent behaviour, you may be able to make a claim for compensation to pay for medical treatment for your injury. You will need to prove that the accident was caused by the other person, and that you were not at fault. To do this, you should speak to someone at Accident Advice Helpline who can talk you through the claims process.
The helpline is available on 0800 689 0500, where the team will be happy to discuss your whiplash injury in Bodorgan and which steps you need to take to get compensation. If you decide to proceed, you will be passed over to our experienced injury lawyers who can make a start on your case.
It is absolutely possible for drivers and cyclists to coexist safely on the roads, as long as each can learn to respect the other’s right to be on the road and they can keep an eye out for each other. Here are some ways in which both cyclists and drivers can stay safe on the roads in the presence of each other.
- Wear suitable clothing, including a helmet. Not wearing protective clothing means that if you do get into an accident and are badly injured, this may at least partly be your own fault.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals. Many cyclists feel that they do not need to follow the same rules as drivers, and this can lead to serious accidents. You are either a road user or you are not — you cannot expect special treatment.
- Make sure your lights and reflectors are working. Even during the day, you need to make sure that these work properly so that you stand out from the much larger vehicles all around you.
- Use cycle lanes. There are reasons that cycle lanes exist, so you should always choose to use these where they are available.
- Behave with consideration. Understand that both yourself and the cyclist are just trying to get somewhere using your own method of transport and behave accordingly, respecting them as another road user.
- Slow down. In the presence of a cyclist, you may need to move slower to avoid hitting them. Just be patient and take your time until they move away.
- Give way to cyclists at junctions. If there is the opportunity to give way to a cyclist at any junction or turning, do so.