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Tips to stay safe on two wheels
When an accident occurs between a motor vehicle and a bike, it is often the cyclist who is most likely to be injured.
We have put together some top tips to stay safe on two wheels.
First, here are some facts about fatal accidents:
In 2015, two pedestrians were killed and 96 seriously injured after being hit by a bicycle. But every year more than 100 cyclists are killed and more than 3,000 seriously injured on British roads – the majority by motorists.
You are 15 times more likely to be killed on Britain’s roads if you ride a bike than if you drive a car. That is the stark and sobering reality revealed in the latest Government road safety statistics.
Casualty and fatality rates per billion passenger miles by road user type in Great Britain for 2016 (Department for Transport)
Statistics released by the Department for Transport show 102 cyclists died in Britain last year – a slight increase (of 2 per cent) on the previous year. In terms of casualty rates, for every billion miles cycled, there are 5,353 accidents and 29.5 deaths.
That compares with just 262 accidents and 2 deaths per billion miles for car drivers.
Find out what you can do to prevent injuries to yourself and others with easy tips to stay safe on two wheels.
Every bike ride should begin with putting on a helmet.
While bicycle helmets are not required to be worn by law in the United Kingdom the British Medical Association advocates the compulsory use of helmets.
Do your part before heading out:
- Ride a bike that fits you—if it’s too big, it’s harder to control the bike.
- Ride a bike that works—it really doesn’t matter how well you ride if the brakes don’t work.
- Wear equipment to protect you and make you more visible to others, like a bike helmet, bright clothing (during the day), reflective gear, and a white front light and red rear light and reflectors on your bike (at night, or when visibility is poor).
- Ride one per seat, with both hands on the handlebars, unless signalling a turn.
- Carry all items in a backpack or strapped to the back of the bike.
- Tuck and tie your shoe laces and pant legs so they don’t get caught in your bike chain.
- Plan your route—if driving as a vehicle on the road, choose routes with less traffic and slower speeds. Your safest route may be away from traffic altogether, in a bike lane or on a bike path.
Be focused and alert to the road and all traffic around you; anticipate what others may do, before they do it.
- Drive with the flow, in the same direction as traffic.
- Obey street signs, signals, and road markings, just like a car.
- Assume the other person doesn’t see you; look ahead for hazards or situations to avoid that may cause you to fall, like toys, pebbles, potholes, grates, train tracks.
- No texting, listening to music or using anything that distracts you by taking your eyes and ears or your mind off the road and traffic.
‘The Power of 2 Wheels’ campaign
“I didn’t even know he had a motorbike”, said Lisa “but it turned out he’d had it for three weeks and hadn’t told me.
Lisa is able to recall every detail of August 23, 2015, the day 26 year old son Nick collided with a car on the A40 near Cheltenham and was killed instantly.
Motorcyclists remain one of the most vulnerable road users, accounting for 19% of all road deaths in Great Britain in 2017.
349 motorcyclists lost their lives during 2017, a 9% increase in 12 months.
Pedal cyclists also come under the vulnerable road user group accounting for 6% of all roads deaths in Great Britain in 2017 when 101 lost their lives. .
‘The Power of 2 Wheels’ campaign is aimed at improving road safety and the behaviour of riders; reducing the number of fatal and serious injury accidents as well as enforcing compliance of Road Traffic Regulations.
Cyclists are much more vulnerable to injury than someone who is inside a motor vehicle. Accidents can be avoided by following our tips to stay safe on two wheels.
WSP Solicitors have experienced local solicitors who are able to help those involved in motor accidents receive the compensation they are entitled to. If you have been unfortunate enough to have been injured and would like help in pursuing a claim please get in touch with our Personal Injury team today for a free no obligation discussion.
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