Bicycle road accidents

Unfortunately bicycle road accidents are reported in their thousands yearly. As Britain begins to become more conscious of personal health and the environment, bicycles are becoming an increasingly popular mode of transport. Road cycling is also an enjoyable way to commute to work - cyclists can take in the views while exercising and getting from A to B.

Common causes of bicycle road accidents
Cyclists have to share the road with many other vehicles, and even the most experienced rider is still, to an extent, reliant on the skills and awareness of other road users to remain safe. Sadly, we have seen many types of crashes in our role as experienced solicitors, but the most common cycling collisions we find ourselves dealing with are caused by driver carelessness, whether that's a motorist turning into the path of a cyclist, or failing to see cyclists when turning or changing lanes.  We also deal with accidents where drivers have opened vehicle doors into the path of an oncoming cyclist!

Potholes and other road defects also pose a problem, and we have years of experience in dealing with bicycle road accidents of all varieties.

Common types of injuries sustained during bicycle road accidents:

  • Head injury/concussion
  • Road rash/skin abrasions
  • Fractured collar bones
  • Wrist injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries to the neck, shoulders or back
  • Fractures to legs, ankles or feet
  • Anxiety or other psychological symptoms relating to the accident
  • Fractured pelvix/coccyx

Some top cycling safety tips:

  • Plan every movement on the road based on what you can see, what you canít and what might happen in any given circumstance i.e account for every possibility.
  • Look ahead and anticipate other road usersí actions.
  • If you can keep up with the flow of traffic, position yourself in the middle of the lane, or when it would not be safe for you to be passed by another road user, so that you are protected from traffic coming from behind.
  • Always signal prominently and make sure other road users are aware of your intentions if you are turning, changing lanes or making another sort of manoeuvre.
  • Never ride up the inside of a long vehicle, especially near a road junction.
  • It is usually safer to pass stationary traffic on the right, but watch out for oncoming vehicles in front and behind the car.
  • On country lanes, be sure to listen out for traffic, as well as look out for it!

How we can help following a road accident
We offer a number of services that you will find useful after a road accident whether you are a cyclist or a driver. Our team supplies advice and information about what you can do next and aims to get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We even offer vehicle replacement and repair along with legal and medical advice. So if you want to make a personal injury claim or are seeking compensation for an accident on the road click here to contact us online or call: 0800 78 38 846.

 

 

 
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