How do you cycle safely on the road?
Posted on 27th June 2019
If you have been unfortunate enough to have been injured whilst cycling as a result of someone else’s negligence, you could be eligible to claim compensation. MG Legal, Solicitors in Lancaster and Preston, Lancashire, have vast experience in helping cyclists who have been injured in cycling accidents; and have a success rate in excess of 99%, even if at first, you don’t know who was to blame. Leave it to us: our team of local personal injury solicitors can help you to obtain compensation, rehabilitation, and get you back on your feet (or bike), in no time!
Garstang Solicitors, MG Legal, don’t want to see you injured in the first place, so read below for a few handy hints and tips to help you stay safe on the roads!
1. Be road aware
Seems obvious, doesn’t it, but developing road awareness is important. This means taking stock of your surroundings and looking for hazards. Be sure to look for huge puddles, pot holes, vehicles parked at the side of the road, animals loose on the road, junctions, roundabouts, traffic lights…the list is endless so keep your eyes peeled for any potential issues.
2. Leave the lorry alone
Whether it be a little lorry, mid-sized wagon or huge HGV, just stay well clear. Many wagons are plagued with blind spots, and you would be surprised as to how easy it is for wagon drivers to miss seeing cyclists. Countless avoidable accidents take place because cyclists attempt to undertake a wagon - or worse, when a cyclist decides to lean against a wagon for a rest whilst stopped at traffic lights. Resist temptation and stay away from wagons.
3. Eye Contact
No I’m not giving you dating advice! Make eye contact; by making eye contact with other road users you will have a better idea of whether or not they have seen you. If they are not returning the eye contact, be sure to get ready to either steer away or brake as necessary.
4. It’s called fashion
Be seen! Get your hi viz on and decorate your bike in lights. Legally, cyclists are required to have working lights on the front and rear of their bike, which must be switched on between sunset and sunrise. Cyclists should have white lights on the front of their bike and red lights on the rear. Obviously you don’t have to stick to sunset and sun rise, if the visibility is poor then light it up!
5. Brake, Brake, Brake!
Make sure you know how to use your breaks safely, using both brakes at the same time and applying pressure evenly. Be sure that you can reach your breaks before setting off and make sure that you check your brakes are working before every journey.
Whilst MG Legal, Solicitors in Lancaster, can’t stop you from being knocked of your bike by a stray car door, we are here to help deal with your accident claim and support you along the way if you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident.
Contact MG Legal via firstname.lastname@example.org or phone now on 01995 602 129.
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