Cycling – be safe!
Since lockdown happened earlier this year we have seen a dramatic rise in bicycle riders. I use the term ‘bicycle riders’ rather than ‘cyclists’ as I have seen some crazy bike riding with the rules of the road not being adhered to. The rules of the road for cyclists can be found here – https://www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk/rules-for-cyclists.html – and you should make yourself familiar with them before setting out on the roads.
Cycling has lots of health benefits and it only takes a quick check of social media or drive around the roads on a Saturday or Sunday morning to see the MAMILs out in force. (MAMIL – middle aged men in lycra!)
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents reported in 2016 that 18,477 cyclists were injured in reported road accidents, including 3,499 who were killed or seriously injured. These figures only included cyclists killed or injured in road accidents that were reported to the police. Many cyclist casualties are not reported to the police, even when the cyclist is injured badly enough to be taken to hospital. The figures also exclude cycling accidents that occur away from the road. Although the number of deaths is accurate, there could be two or three times as many seriously injured cyclists and double the number of slightly injured.
In McCartan Turkington Breen Solicitors we have some very enthusiastic cyclists who take part in all sorts of sportives and charity cycling events and so we are aware of the many dangers cyclists encounter on the road.
If you are out on your bike and have an accident that is not your fault, please contact us for assistance on 02890329801. It is important for you to report the incident to the police and take a note of the drivers vehicle registration, along with photos of the damaged bicycle. Keep receipts for any work done to the bicycle as you may be entitled to claim for the replacement parts and the labour carried out on the bicycle. Being a MAMIL does not come cheap and those lycra bib shorts can be expensive to replace so keep the receipts for any damaged clothing.