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Cycling Guide – Protect Yourself Before You Ride

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Our personal injury solicitors have helped many people deal with the after-effects of cycling accidents. Although we are always happy to help those involved, we would much prefer to see fewer accidents occur in the first place and the terrible consequences reduced.

To help raise awareness, we have highlighted some of the issues that are cited as important factors in cycling accidents, what cyclists can do to reduce the likelihood of an accident and what to do in the event of an accident.

Important Factors
  • Around 75% of fatal or serious cyclist accidents occur in urban areas so pay particular attention to road safety when cycling in the city
  • Around half of cyclist fatalities occur on rural roads - cyclists should be aware of the higher speeds at which motor vehicles travel and recognise the higher mortality risk this presents if an accident occurs
  • 75% happen at, or near, a road junction – cyclists should try to be as visible as possible and be particularly aware of long or high-sided vehicles which may not be able to see them
  • 80% occur in daylight – be vigilant day and night and never simply assume motorists can see you
  • 80% of cyclist casualties are male
  • Almost one quarter of the cyclists killed or injured are children
  • Around three quarters of cyclists killed have major head injuries

Cycling Preparation
  • It is a legal requirement for cyclists to have white front and red rear lights lit at night; flashing lights are permitted.
  • Bicycles must be fitted with red rear reflectors and amber pedal reflectors if manufactured after 1 October 1985.
  • The Highway Code recommends that cyclists wear a cycling helmet which conforms to current regulations. It should be correctly sized and securely fastened
  • Wearing appropriate clothes for cycling is common sense – for example, avoid clothes which may get tangled in the wheels or chain or clothes that obscure lights
  • Wear light coloured or fluorescent clothing to help other road users to see you
  • Wear reflective clothing and accessories; especially in the dark

In the Event of an Accident
  • Keep a record of the facts surrounding the accident
  • Contact a professional legal adviser at the earliest opportunity to ensure that you give yourself the best chance of a favourable outcome if a claim is made

At Rollingsons our personal injury solicitors have experienced first-hand the tragedies encountered by road accident victims and their families. If you would like further information or wish to discuss a potential or current claim following a cycling accident, we have experienced lawyers who can help you. Please contact Sarah Vincent by email or by telephone 020 7611 4848.