Over 19,000 injuries to cyclists were reported in 2014 with over 3,000 being fatal or serious injuries.
Cyclist are vulnerable and always will be due to the fact that firstly they have little protection from injury if they are involved in a road accident but also because other motorists find they can be difficult to see or hear. A common expression made by motorist is “I’m sorry, I didn’t see you there”
Road safety for cyclists
Visibility is a major concern for any cyclist. Cyclist should wear high visibility clothing and be prepared for changes in weather conditions. You may set out on your journey in clear weather but encounter rain, mist or fog later on.
Wearing high visibility clothing and safety gear such as a helmet and cloves could make all the difference and avoid a painful injury in a road accident.
Whilst it’s not always possible to prevent accidents from happening you can reduce the chance of being injured by wearing protective equipment. A safety helmet is not a legal requirement but we recommend all cyclist wear safety helmets to reduce the risk of serious injury.
Another factor which causes cycle and bike accidents is when cyclists pay little or no attention to road signs and other motorists around them. Anyone can ride a bike without any training whatsoever so some cyclists who travel on roads are oblivious to road signs and feel they are there for motorist.
If you have been involved in a cycling accident and sustained an injury you may be wondering if you are entitled to make a claim.
Can I Claim?
Here are some common circumstances where you would be able to make a claim for injuries sustained in a cycle accident:
- Vehicle collisions: If you were involved in a road accident that was not your fault then you may be able to claim compensation for the injuries you suffered.
- Hazardous roads: Accidents caused by potholes, broken or missing manhole covers, uneven surfaces and any other damage to the roads which have been reported but have yet to be repaired.
- Manufacturers fault: If you become injured in an accident because there was a problem with your bike such as, faulty brakes or the bike falls apart whilst you are riding it you may be able to make a claim against the manufacturers under their product liability insurance.
Generally cyclist need to be more aware and better protected than any other road users as they will come of much worse in the event of a collision with a motor vehicle.
What to do after a cycle accident
If you have been injured in a cycle or bike accident it is essential that you record as much information as you can at the scene of the accident as this could be critical to making a successful recovery of compensation should you decide to make an injury claim. Following a cycling accident:
- Call an ambulance if anyone has been injured and requires urgent medical attention.
- Take personal details of anyone involved in the accident.
- Obtain the names and addresses of witnesses (independent preferably) to the accident.
- Call the police if liability is disputed.
- Take photos of the accident scene and road markings.
- Record the registration numbers of all vehicles involved.
- Take the motor insurance details of anyone involved in the accident.
If you have been injured as a result of a cycling accident and feel that it was not your fault and someone else was to blame for the accident and injuries you have suffered then please contact us today and speak directly to one of our personal injury solicitors.
Our solicitors will be able to give you the advice you need at no cost to you and if you do have a claim to make they will handle every aspect of it from start to finish.
Accident Claims Assistance handle all injury claims on a ‘N0 Win No Fee’ basis so you have the peace of mind that making a claim won’t cost you anything.