Do I have to wear a helmet?

You may already know this, but it is not compulsory to wear a cycle helmet in the UK. Which actually should come as a big surprise as the UK roads are very dangerous and accidents and injuries to cyclists are sadly not an uncommon occurrence.

It is a fact that helmets save lives. Olympic medalists such as Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish all wear cycle helmets and have even joined The Ryan Smith Foundation petition to make wearing a cycle helmet a legal requirement. No Tour de France would go ahead if the cyclists weren’t wearing a helmet and the right safety gear.

So why, when even the most inexperienced of cyclists doesn’t have to wear a helmet is it not compulsory? And more importantly, why do people feel that they will be safe on the roads without a helmet?

The UK roads aren’t like those in Holland so we need to do all we can to protect our heads. Even a small fall can cause injuries that can have a significant impact. A helmet is there to protect you against the road.

Causes of bike road traffic accidents

There are many ways that a cyclist can be injured:

  • Failure by a driver to see a cyclist
  • A driver not giving a cyclist enough room
  • Vehicles driving into the back of a cyclist
  • Dangerous and reckless driving

Roundabouts and T junctions are exceptionally dangerous for cyclists and it is at junctions such as these that the majority of collisions occur.

But there are also accidents that can happen as a result of bad roads, such as potholes, oil spills or debris on the road. Did you know that around 80% of cycling accidents occur during the day? Which means that the commuting period has a lot to answer for – you just have to look at the figures in London to show how worrying it is to cycle in London without a helmet. Many local councils are starting to do more to protect their cyclists from dangers, such as cycle paths and safer routes, but more still needs to be done.

What if I’ve been injured?

If you’ve been the victim of a road traffic accident that has caused an injury whilst you’ve been cycling then you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. From bumps and bruises and broken bones to spinal injuries and head injuries – wearing a cycle helmet can significantly reduce your risk of being injured. It’s a fact that around 70% of all fatal bike accidents are due to head injuries, so protecting your head is vital to your safety.

Being injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault means that you could make a personal injury claim with Girlings Solicitors. They operate on a no win no fee basis and offer a free appointment to discuss the details of your case. They will work on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve. From covering medical bills and prescriptions to ensuring that you are not operating at a loss if you are unable to work. File your claim today.

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