Riding your cycle through the countryside, over hills and dales and through forests and woods, can be very enjoyable and explains why cycling is the third most popular pastime in the UK. The downside is that cyclists are very vulnerable to injuries if they are in an accident because of the lack of protection they have compared to other road users.
The car driver sits in a metal bubble, the lorry driver in his cab and even the motorbike rider has a crash helmet and usually leather clothing to help protect them. A cyclist has very little of these and so when they are in an accident, their injuries tend to be more serious, if they survive.
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A common cause of death in cycle accidents is head and brain injuries, but even if the cyclist survives the accident, brain injuries can change their lives forever, and the lives of those closest to them. For their family it can be like living with a different person, and this will need to be accounted for when they make a personal injury claim.
The risk reducers
There are things the cyclist can do to try and reduce the risks of serious injuries if they are in an accident, such as:
- Wearing a good quality helmet to help protect the head
- Kneepads and elbow pads help protect the joints
- Good sturdy footwear to protect the feet
- Bright clothing to make themselves as visible as possible
It is even better if they are not in an accident to start with and they can help reduce that risk by:
- Making sure their bike is properly maintained
- Checking lights and brakes before they leave home on every journey
- Making sure they have a good knowledge of the Highway Code, and follow its rules
- Not riding next to other cyclists. This is asking for trouble because if one goes down, they could well takes others with them
- Leaving at least a doors width if cycling past parked cars
Making a cycling injury claim
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. We have over 16 years’ experience behind us and have gained the knowledge and expertise to give your claim the best chance of success.
Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 for all the help and support you will need from our friendly and helpful advisors. They will give you all the information you will need to decide if you want to make a personal injury claim, but you will be under no obligation to do so.
Or you could try our 30-second test. This will let you know if you qualify to make a claim and if you do will give you an estimate of the amount you can expect to receive for your injuries.
Date Published: 27th January 2014
Author: David Brown