Cycle safely in traffic - tips to stay safe by Simpkins and Co Solicitors

Cycling in traffic, tips to keep safe

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We can't always rely on a an entire road dedicated to bikes! And as cycling becomes ever more popular and roads ever more populated by road users in a hurry to get where they're going, Simpkins & Co Solicitors can’t stop people from having accidents either. But, they can help if it's  happened. And if it's happened to you, get in touch for an initial chat.  Meanwhile read these useful tips about keeping safe when cycling in traffic.

Top Tips to stay safe when cycling in traffic

The health benefits of cycling are well documented and with the recent cost of fuel increases, many people in the UK are choosing to cycle to work. If you’re considering this, and you can’t find safe, off-road, or segregated cycle paths, you’ll likely be riding in traffic. So, what can you do to keep yourself and other road users safe? Follow these tips.

  • Keep a safe distance from the kerb so you’re more visible to drivers. If someone overtakes too closely, you’ll have space to move to the left.
  • Look ahead for changes in the road surface, e.g., potholes, and be aware of approaching junctions, roundabouts, and traffic lights. This will help you avoid serving, braking, or making sudden manoeuvres.
  • Keep an eye out for pedestrians looking at their mobiles, dogs not on leads or children kicking footballs on the pavement. Stay alert and react as necessary.
  • Give other road users plenty of notice before making a manoeuvre. Check behind, signal, and make your manoeuvre when it’s safe.
  • Make eye contact with drivers to help you assess whether they’ve seen you, but don’t assume they have and be ready to brake to steer as necessary.
  • Wear bright colours to make yourself as visible as possible to other road users and pedestrians. Also, avoid loose clothing that may become tangled in the bike chain or obscure your lights.
  • Consider fitting a bell to your bike to warn others you’re approaching.
  • Wear a correctly fitting helmet. Even though it’s not a legal requirement to wear a cycling helmet in the UK, a worldwide study has shown that wearing a helmet whilst cycling reduces the risk of serious head injury by 69% in the case of an accident.
  • Keep your bike in good condition. Learn how to do this yourself or take it to a professional bike mechanic.
  • Light up your bike not just when it’s dark, but in the daytime when visibility is poor. A good practise is to carry a spare set of lights when you cycle at night in case the first set fails.
  • Keep your hands on the brake levers at all times while cycling. When braking, apply even pressure to both brakes and take extra care when the road is wet or icy.
  • Pass other vehicles on the right-hand side. Even though it’s legal to pass vehicles on either the left or right-hand side, passing on the left side is riskier. Watch out especially for left-turning lorries as many have blind spots on their passenger side. A good rule is to never undertake and put yourself in danger.
  • Encourage others to do the ‘Dutch Reach’. This is for drivers and passengers where, rather than using the hand closest to the door to open it, they use the other hand. This manoeuvre sets off a set of actions; reach, swivel, look back, open slowly and exit facing traffic. The technique has helped save many cyclists from injury or worse.
  • Consider some cycle training. Instructors can help you learn more about road safety and help build your confidence.
  • Join a cycle club. Riding in a group can give you the benefit of expertise from more experienced riders and oncoming hazards are more likely to be seen and ‘called out’ by other riders. Look for a club that suits you, depending on whether you want to cycle for fun or whether you’re goal oriented.

Some of these tips might be obvious, especially if you cycle regularly, but it’s always worth recapping on safety. We see clients who have been seriously injured in bicycle (and motorbike accidents) which could easily have been prevented. We can’t stop people from having accidents, but we may be able to help if that’s already happened.

Our personal injury lawyer, Kimmo Boote, an experienced cyclist himself, specialises in bicycle and motorbike accident compensation claims. He’s accredited by APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) and has many years of experience in this field.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle or motorbike accident or any other accident which wasn’t your fault, ask us about a free consultation to find out whether you could make a compensation claim.

Contact us on 01425 275555, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or fill in the contact form on the Simpkins & Co website https://www.simpkinsandco.uk/contact-us.

All enquiries are completely confidential, we can do no-win, no-fee and there is never any pressure to pursue a claim if you decide not to.

Claim for personal injury compensation

Simpkins & Co Solicitors explain how to assess a potential compensation claim for personal injury

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At Simpkins & Co Solicitors we’ve been successfully handling all types of personal injury compensation claims since 2004. We are now based in the delightful village of Lyndhurst but we can give legal advice to anyone living anywhere in England or Wales. We also have a dedicated Polish Division within the company, assisting our growing client base from the Polish community in the UK.

Our lawyers are highly experienced in this area of the law, having successfully handled many different types of personal injury claims. Our philosophy is to offer you an informal and friendly approach, putting you at ease. Never stuffy and always welcoming, you will soon realise that the whole Simpkins & Co ‘family’ has your best interests at heart. Any lawyer can take on a personal injury compensation claim, but only a specialist in that field will give you sophisticated legal advice.

Personal injury applies to physical and/or psychological harm resulting from an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. It includes: -

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Pedestrian and passenger accidents
  • Bicycle/motorcycle accidents
  • E-scooter accidents
  • Accidents at work
  • Factory or warehouse accidents
  • Injuries caused in the construction industry
  • Supermarket accidents.

If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you may consider contacting a personal injury lawyer but how do you choose the right one?  

Here are the top 5 reasons for choosing experienced personal injury lawyers.

  1. They will ensure you are properly compensated for your injuries

Experienced personal injury lawyers have a wealth of knowledge when dealing with insurance companies and are skilled at negotiating the proper amount of compensation for injuries and losses suffered. This will help ease the stress caused by an accident, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

  1. They know how much your claim is worth

An experienced personal injury lawyer will have the best understanding of how much your claim is worth based on the severity of the injury, the pain, suffering and losses caused. They will use this knowledge to ensure you receive an appropriate settlement figure.

  1. They can cut through the red tape

An experienced personal injury lawyer is an expert in this type of law. You don’t have to worry about learning legal or medical jargon, and your solicitor can deal with all of the paperwork and other red tape on your behalf.

  1. They can save you time

An experienced personal injury lawyer will quickly be able to obtain copies of relevant medical records, review police files, communicate with insurance companies, etc. Most people lead busy lives and don’t have time to do all of these things. This is exactly what a personal injury lawyer is there for.

  1. They can answer your questions and provide trustworthy practical advice

An experienced personal injury lawyer is a source of extensive knowledge which can be relied upon. They will be honest and up-front with you, clear about the chances of your case succeeding and your various options. They will guide you through the entire process and advise you on the best course of action at each stage of the claims process.

The often underestimated effect of an injury

Many people still believe that claiming compensation is somehow greedy or think that injured people should ‘just get on with it’.

The effect of an injury on an individual should never be underestimated. Even minor injuries can greatly affect someone’s life. For example, a broken wrist might prevent someone from driving which will impact their work and social life and cause extra expenses. They may not be able to play sports or play with their children. Basic tasks, such as taking a shower, can suddenly become much more difficult.

Think then of the impact of a catastrophic injury, such as losing a limb. As well as funding care, rehabilitation, and covering financial losses, an injured person would be compensated for the unquantifiable amount of pain and suffering. For some, their lives will never be the same again because of their injuries.

Money in itself is not something which can replace adequately what has been lost in terms of the ability to live life in the same way as before the accident, but it does make some things easier, including access to rehabilitation and necessary treatments. Personal injury law exists to help put an injured person’s life back to where it was, or as close as possible before a needless injury happened.

 

"Thank you so much!"

“Thank you so much for all your help throughout my claim. I was very lost at the start and felt abandoned by my insurance company. After our first phone call, I felt so relieved that someone had listened, understood and was willing to help. The service during the claim has been excellent with patience in answering all my queries and care to ensure the matter was handled proficiently. I’m so happy with the outcome and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to friends and family.“

Mr AB – RTA claim.

No fault injury in the last 3 years? Take advantage of a free first consultation

If you have been injured in any way through no fault of your own within the last 3 years, get in touch and we will tell you whether you may be able to claim compensation. Your initial consultation is free and we will discuss your funding options including no-win, no-fee. Consultations can be by phone, Zoom, or in-person at our office or we can arrange to see you at your home.

We are accredited by APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers). To be accredited, APIL members are rigorously vetted. They must satisfy specific and extensive criteria providing evidence of their competence and experience in handling personal injury claims.

Simpkins & Co Solicitors: specialists in personal injury and clinical negligence 

At Simpkins & Co, we practise only the areas of law in which we specialise; personal injury and clinical negligence compensation claims, employment law and family law.  

Contact us on 01425 275555 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete a contact form on our website  https://www.simpkinsandco.uk/contact-us.

Bartosz Maj from our Polish Division is available to take calls on 07702 802573.

All enquiries are confidential and there is never any pressure to pursue a claim.

Simpkins & Co Solicitors

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