Causes Of Bicycle Accidents In Scotland
Causes Of Bicycle Accidents – Are you worried about the common causes of bicycle accidents? We have compiled a short guide highlighting the common causes of bicycle accidents. When a cycling accident occurs, it is the bikers who are usually blamed. However, statistics show that a cycling accident is more likely to be the fault of the driver, rather than the biker. Negligent car drivers cause cycling accidents, especially when they are distracted by their phones, or are engaged in reckless driving. In such scenarios, cyclists have the legal authority to make a personal injury claim for a car accident. Please read the following guide which will help.
With that said, there can be many causes which attribute to cycling accidents. Take a look at the following causes.
Getting hit by a car
Getting hit by a car is one of the most common factors contributing to cyclist accidents. This can occur if the cyclist is not riding in the bikers lane, or if the driver of the car is not vigilant. Typically, drivers run into cyclists, when they are distracted, speeding, or not paying attention. Cyclists who are hit by fast-moving cars suffer from severe cycling injuries, which can sometimes result in paralysis or even death. Therefore, it is imperative for drivers to abide by the traffic regulations to ensure the safety of others and avoid any bicycle accident claims.
Falling off of the bike
Most cyclists suffer from injuries when they fall off from their bikes. The falls can be attributed to many causes. For instance, if a cyclist is speeding, and suddenly applies the brakes, the inertia could result in the biker plunging forward on the road. it is advisable imperative for cyclists to wear protective gear, such as a helmet, to ensure that the fall does not cause much damage to them.
Cycling on damaged roads
Riding a bike on a defective road can also result in injuries. If the terrain is rocky, the cyclists can suffer a fall, which can result in moderate to severe injuries sustained. Therefore, it is recommended to ride the bikes on properly constructed roads to avoid falls. Slow down or stop if you are unsure of the terrain or passing horse riders. Occasionally a cyclist may fall due to a defect on the public road, in this case, a claim could be made against the local council as they have a duty of care to road users.
Making a faulty decision
Making a bad decision while riding a cycle can also result in an accident. For instance, if a cyclist chooses to ride on the main road, instead of the bicycle lane, they could put themselves in harm’s way. Additionally, the act of not paying attention can further place the cyclist at a risk.
Crashing into an object
Cyclists crash into objects when they are not paying attention, remaining vigilant on the road is extremely crucial equally for cyclists as well as drivers, A minor crash into an object or a person can lead to severe injuries.
According to the: Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) 99 cyclists were killed, 4,106 seriously injured and 13,345 slightly injured across the UK in 2018.
How to prevent bike accidents
Keep an eye out for other road users.
Make yourself visible. Wear suitable attire, and make sure your bike is equipped with the appropriate reflectors and lights for the conditions.
Observe the highway code. Don’t run red lights or cycle on the road unless it’s marked.
In the event of an accident, a properly-fitted helmet may help protect your head.
Keep control by braking smoothly and keeping the bike straight with your hips. Slide your weight back into the saddle to assist stabilise the bike.
Cycle law Scotland payouts
Cyclists’ and cyclists’ injuries come in many It’s difficult to determine bike injury compensation without an expert review. Consider the following list of possible claims:
Injuries to one’s physical and mental health.
Your bike’s repair or replacement costs.
What it would cost to have the accident-damaged item replaced.
Any additional costs incurred as a result of your injuries, such as medical care or lost wages.
Loss of earnings
When you contact us, a claims advisor will listen to your case and explain your options. They could seek legal advice to assess your bike accident claim. Call us today for free advice and to start the claims process. You may be able to make a No Win No Fee claim today.
Bicycle Accident Compensation Calculator
Our compensation calculator does not cover all probable injuries from a bicycle accident. Call today for a free case review. Also, keep in mind that these are average compensation estimates. If you win your case, you may not receive the exact amount.
Time Limits For Bicycle Accident Injury Claims
Adults have three years to make a cycling accident claim. This usually begins after an accident happens or when an injury is diagnosed.. Except when a child biker is hurt. If so, a litigation friend can represent them. The time limit is waived if the claim is filed before the child turns 18. If no claim is made, the child will have until age 21 to make their own claim.
Cases where the insurance companies admits all liability immediately can be settled in months. However, many situations require more proof to establish fault or harm. In this instance, the time required to complete everything can exceed a year.
Cycling road safety
Ride decisively and avoid kerbs. Make eye contact if possible and look and signal to drivers. Avoid riding between cars since you may not be spotted. Wear a well fitted, securely attached cycle helmet that meets current regulations.
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