Dealing with a bicycle accident

 

Riding a bicycle on public roads can be very dangerous. In fact, cyclists are one of the most vulnerable groups of road users. Consequently, bicycle accidents are a common occurrence. Poor visibility of bicycle riders is one of the major causes of a bicycle accident. Other common causes are car drivers failing to allow enough room for bicycles, cyclists failing to watch for signals, and cyclists suddenly swerving to avoid uneven road surfaces and obstacles.

A cyclist is subject to the same laws as any other motorist in relation to obeying traffic signs and traffic lights, etc. The Highway Code also sets out specific rules applying to bicycle riders, covering aspects such as where a bicycle rider can and cannot ride, passenger carrying, the use of lights and reflectors, and requirements for protective helmets.

Many of the Highway Code's regulations are purely advisory. However, some are compulsory, being enshrined in legislation. Breaking the compulsory regulations is an offence and penalties may be awarded - such as for dangerous or careless cycling. Additionally, when a bicycle accident occurs, the breaking of the advisory regulations may be taken into account.

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident and have sustained injury to yourself or damage to your bicycle and equipment, you may be able to claim compensation. In order to make out a successful claim for compensation you need to establish that someone else was responsible for the accident. You may be able to make a claim against another road user (including other cyclists, drivers and pedestrians), the local authority where road condition or other hazards contributed to the accident, and possibly a product-liability claim against the bicycle manufacturer.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on a bicycle accident, then Caven can put you in touch with a local accident solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding a local Personal Injury solicitor please call us at 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.

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