As a nation, we are being encouraged to take more exercise, join a gym, go swimming, walk more, take the stairs and get on our bikes. Many of us take regular exercise and one of the easiest ways to do that is to make it part of our daily routine, cycling to and from work and avoiding the crush on public transport is a great way to keep fit. But it’s not all good news, sadly in 2013, 109 cyclists were killed on the roads in the UK and an astonishing 3,143 were seriously injured while out on their bikes.
Statistics show that most accidents involving cyclists occur in urban areas, and almost two-thirds of cyclists killed or seriously injured were involved in collisions at, or near, a road junction, with T junctions being the most commonly involved. Roundabouts are also particularly dangerous for cyclists, and the severity of injuries suffered by cyclists’ increases with the speed limit, meaning that riders are more likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries on higher speed roads.
Although the statistics can make for frightening reading, there are some safety measures you can make to help to protect yourself while on the roads, these include –
- Be visible to other road users, use lights, and wear colourful clothing
- Don’t cycle too close to the kerb
- Protect yourself with a helmet
- Make eye contact with drivers and other road users
- Avoid cycling with headphones or anything that may distract you
- Wear a ‘Helmet Camera’ to record any incidents on the road
Most people think cyclists are not protected by the law when they are the victims of an accident, but that is simply not true. If you have been injured in an accident on the roads and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.
The expert legal team at GO Law will be able to assess and put forward your claim as a cyclist for car accident compensation on your behalf. GO Law will strive to win you the compensation you need to cover your expenses as a result of the accident, which may include –
- Loss of earnings
- Medical bills and additional care costs
- Travel expenses
- Physiotherapy and rehabilitation
- Bike repair or replacement
- Costs for help with household chores and other out of pocket expenses
With more cyclists knowing their rights on the road, there has been an increase in recent years of cyclists making compensation claims against the car drivers who have caused their accident. If you are a cyclist and you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then contact GO Law today to see if you have a case for Car Accident Compensation for Cyclists, please call Justine or Geraint at GO Law on 01625 523 838 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org