What to do if you’ve been knocked off your bike
A high percentage of cycle claims where cyclists are knocked off their bike occur on busy city roads where everyone is in a rush to get to their destination as quickly as possible. Cyclists being knocked of their bikes and claiming compensation are on the rise. In fact, in a recent article, there are 25 near misses of cyclists nearly being knocked off their bike every year in the UK. That statistic is staggering alone, when you think of the potential damage and injury to the cyclist which could sadly even end in a fatal accident.
Furthermore, a large number of collisions with lorries occur on a yearly basis. It is believed that 94% of fatal collisions with lorries between 2008-2014 in London occurred on the front left side. This is a very common area for bikers to be collided with as it is the driver’s blind spot. In the past few years there has been an increasing awareness of the scope of a lorry’s blind spot. It is a lot bigger than people think and cyclists need to be aware of this to avoid a potential collision. To minimise a collision, cyclists should not try to squeeze past a lorry in heavy traffic.
Whether you are a professional cyclist or you simply use your bicycle to go to and from work, you are much more vulnerable to vehicles as you are completely open to the elements. To make yourself less vulnerable you should try to make sure you do the following things whilst on the roads:
- Be fully aware of traffic around you at all times
- Wear a helmet
- Have a light on your bike in the dark and wear reflective clothing
- Be aware of dangers and ride with anticipation of the dangers ahead
“Hundreds of cyclists are involved in collisions and near misses whilst cycling every year in the UK. The majority of the time these victims are entitled to pursue a claim for compensation.”
If you have been knocked off your bike with a vehicle whilst cycling, then you may be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim. As specialist cycle accident claim solicitors we have a very high success rate in claiming compensation if you have been knocked off your bike. As it is common that cyclists are not aware of their rights, at R. James Hutcheon Solicitors we can provide specialist legal advice to inform you help guide you back on track as quickly as possible.