The Big Cycling Question: Helmet or No Helmet?

March 26, 2014

How to protect yourself from cycling personal injuries

There is no law which states that cyclists must wear a safety helmet but whenever they appear on the TV without on complaints are made.

Earlier this year the Advertising Standard Agency ruled that a safe cycling advert produced as part of a campaign by Cycling Scotland couldn’t be broadcast in its current form. Their reason? The main character in the advert was not wearing a helmet and therefore objections were made on health and safety grounds.

Cycling is an eco-friendly and healthy way of getting around and many companies offer incentives to get their employees to bike to work. However, road safety is particular important for cyclists and the risks are high if you’re not exceptionally careful. Cycling road accidents occur regularly and keeping yourself safe should be a key concern of all cyclists on the road.

Cycling Road Accident Statistics

The latest information released by RoSPA showed that 118 cyclists were killed on British roads in 2012 with 3,222 were seriously injured and 15,751 were slightly injured. Obeying the Highway Code, riding carefully and staying alert are key ways of ensuring you’re safe on the road and though not a legal requirement you really should wear your helmet.

Protect yourself against Cycling Personal Injuries

Before you even begin your ride you should perform a standard check of all elements of your bike. All elements should be in good working order and you should also make sure you’re wearing high visibility clothing and lights are fixed to your bike if you’re cycling at night. Lights are a legal requirements.

Investing in a good safety helmet could save your life and it protects your brain if an accident does occur.

Once you’re out on the road you should adopt a defensive riding stance and use hand signals for turning so ensure other road users and pedestrians are aware of your presence. Avoid passing ANY vehicle on the left but specifically long vehicles such as buses and HGVs. This is one of the most dangerous manoeuvres a cyclist can make so staying back behind and being patient could save your life.

Common Cycling Road Accidents

RoSPA statistics assert that 75% of cyclist fatalities happen near or at road junctions. The reason given for many of these accidents is that one of the parties involved failed to look or ‘didn’t see’ the other vehicle and therefore concentration levels are at fault.

Another common cause of cycling road accidents is when a cyclist enters the stream of traffic from the pavement. Motorists pulling into the path or turning across the path of cyclists are other common causes and finally child cyclists who are playing without due care or are riding too fast can result in accidents too.

Have you been in a Cycling Road Accident?

If you have been in a road accident as a cyclist then chances are you didn’t escape unscathed. Common injuries after a cycling road accident are superficial cuts and bruises as well as fractures and lacerations.

If the accident was caused by another road user then you may qualify for compensation and this is where Lamb & Co. come in. If you want to discuss a cycling compensation claim then give us a call or email and we’ll be in touch ASAP.