08/11/2017 0 Comments
How to Avoid Personal Injury as a Cyclist
Cycling to work has becoming increasingly common, particularly in cities where public transport and commuting can be tedious and take a lot of time. According to a recent article published in the Irish Times, the number of cyclists in Dublin city has more than doubled in the past six years, with more than 95,000 people using their bikes in the capital city every day! Whilst cycling to work is cheaper and faster, it is also dangerous and cyclists are a vulnerable category of road user. Every year, there are several cycling fatalities on Irish roads and countless collisions involving cyclists.
So, how can we keep safe when cycling to work? You can reduce the risk of an accident or personal injury by following these ten rules when cycling to work every day:
- Wear a Helmet - it should be snug, worn level on your head, and cover your forehead.
- Ensure your bike is properly maintained. Do regular checks to make sure all parts of your bike are working adequately.
- Be Prepared at Work – make sure to have anything you need to clean up once you get to work, including extra clothing if necessary. A useful tip is to carry raingear, as Ireland is susceptible to changing weather conditions.
- Plan Your Route – know where you’re going and how you want to get there before you begin your cycling commute. Be aware of lane changes or any roadworks taking place.
- Never cycle in the dark without adequate lighting – white light for front, red light for rear
- Be Seen and Be Safe – Always wear luminous clothing such as hi-vis vests, fluorescent armbands, and reflective belts so that other road users can see you. This is extremely important during wintertime in Ireland as it is typically dark for evening commutes from work.
- Be Aware of what is around you and keep a look out for cars, trucks, buses, and even pedestrians.
- Make sure you keep to the left when cycling. Always look behind and give the proper signal before moving off, changing lanes or making a turn.
- Respect other road users! Don’t get into shouting matches with motorists; stop at pedestrian crossings; don’t cycle on the footpath
- Same rules apply: Do not attempt to use your mobile phone when cycling.
If you are a cyclist who unfortunately has been injured and it was a result of the negligence of a driver, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim. You can make contact with our team of personal injury solicitors who could investigate the case on your behalf, as it is generally the negligent driver's insurance company who will be accountable for dealing with any arising claim. Get in touch to see who we can help you today!
Other useful resources on learning the safety of cycling are: