Facts about cycling and road accidents
As a cyclist you are more vulnerable to being injured in a road accident than those in cars. Although you are able to stick to cycle lanes and other safe places most of the time, there are certain areas where you will be vulnerable to accidents, and in these areas you are more likely to be badly injured because you are not protected by your vehicle.
On top of this, many drivers perceive cyclists to be a nuisance and so are aggressive with them on the road, making it more likely that you will sustain an injury.
Here are some facts about cycling and staying safe on the road:
The most common types of cycling accident
If you know what types of accident you are more likely to be involved in then you can make an effort to avoid them, so here are the most common types of accident for cyclists.
- Collision with a car due to the driver merging into your path
- Collision with a car due to the driver turning into your path
- Cyclist driving into the side of a vehicle when crossing a road
- Cyclist hitting a vehicle turning from a minor road into a major road
The most common types of cycling injuries
- Head injury. This type of injury is very common for cyclists despite it being the law that you must wear a helmet when riding a bike on any main road. Head injuries are the types of injuries most likely to be fatal if you sustain one in a collision with a car.
- Chest injuries. These often occur when you fall into the path of a moving vehicle and are hit by the car. Chest injuries can also be fatal, and you may sustain a spinal injury as the result of a blow to the chest or abdomen as well.
- Limb injuries. Broken limbs are very common in accidents between a car and a cyclist.
Making a whiplash injury claim in the UK
If you have been injured in an accident through the negligence or aggression of another road user, you may wish to make a whiplash injury claim in the UK against the other driver in your accident. The best way to make a successful whiplash injury claim in the UK is to use an experienced injury lawyer to represent you.
You can find a personal injury lawyer through Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Just call at any time to speak to the team about what happened and find out whether or not you have a good case for a whiplash injury claim in the UK.
If you do and decide to proceed with a claim, you will be passed over to an in house injury lawyer who will work on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: 8th May 2014
Author: Louise Thacker