08 Jun 2020
Cycling is a great way to keep fit and active and can be a good way to boost immunity as well as being good for your mental wellbeing. According to Cycling UK, if you cycle regularly in adulthood, you’ll enjoy a level of fitness equivalent to someone who is ten years younger, and will have a 46% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
During lockdown, the activity has certainly been embraced by all sorts of people who would never usually have considered riding a bike, with retailers such as Halfords reporting a 100 per cent increase in bike sales since March. As well as being a more attractive alternative to using public transport during the pandemic, people all over the UK are realising how much fun cycling can be, especially during the recent spell of good weather and with far fewer cars on the roads.
The government is urging commuters to cycle when they return to work so we are fully expecting this surge in popularity of cycling to continue. Cities around the world are rushing through improvements to cycling infrastructure and in the UK, the Transport Secretary has set out an ambitious £2bn programme to expand cycling and walking.
However, despite these plans, it is inevitable that more cars will return to the roads in the coming weeks as lockdown restrictions ease, so we are keen to make sure people know the potential dangers of cycling so that they can do their best to stay safe when out on the roads. Unfortunately, cycling on our roads can be very dangerous, with cyclists statistically more likely to be killed or seriously injured than any other road user.
Facts about cycling accidents
Common types of accident
Some of the most common cycling accidents caused by other road users include:
How to stay safe when cycling on the roads
If you are involved in an accident, what should you do?
Can I make a claim following my cycling accident?
Following an accident, cyclists can sustain serious injuries and suffer long term physical and financial hardship. Bikes and bike equipment are expensive to repair and replace.
If the accident is partly or wholly the fault of another person, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries, reimbursement of medical bills and rehabilitation costs, repair costs or replacement value for your bike or other property, loss of earnings and any additional travel costs if your bike is damaged and you can’t use it for your usual commute.
To find out if we can help you get the compensation you deserve after a cycling injury, get in touch with our expert team today.
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