28 July, 2020
Cycling weekly recently reported that 1.3 million Brits had bought a bike during lockdown as people sought to take advantage of the exercise freedom allowed during the pandemic, following the governments advice to avoid public transport. As a result, there are many more cyclists on the road.
Sales of electric bikes have increased considerably, enabling those less used to cycling, to get out and about on their bikes or to commute to work. Electric bikes do not need to be taxed or insured, providing they are propelled by use of the pedals, and the electric motor only aids when peddling. The motor should not propel the bike at more than 15.5 mph, however, even at this speed, if things go wrong, the rider often comes off worse.
Inevitably, the risk of having a cycling accident while cycling either for pleasure or to work will increase. Cyclists are always at risk and are considered vulnerable road users. Often, accidents occur when vehicles overtake, turn left or right across cyclists' paths, pull out of a junction or simply do not see the cyclist. Other hazards can involve falling from a bike because of oil or diesel having been spilt onto the road surface which then becomes extremely slippery when wet, and unrepaired potholes can cause cyclist to swerve and come off their bicycles.
Collisions and falls can sometimes result in horrific life changing injuries. Although wearing a helmet is advisable it is not yet compulsory and medical science is such that above certain speeds the helmet can have little if any impact on the outcome and severity of a head injury. Not wearing a helmet could be considered as contributory negligence in certain circumstances.
Forbes solicitor's specialist personal injury solicitors are cyclists themselves and recognise the risks and hazards involved in cycling. We understand and address the arguments often made by other road users seeking to partly blame the cyclist and we will fight to make sure you get the cycling accident compensation you deserve.
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a cycling accident and want to claim, get in touch with our Cycling Accident Solicitors today via our online Contact Form or phone 01254 872 111. We work on a no win no fee basis.
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