Be Bike Smart – Road Safety Week
At What’s My Claim Worth, we have seen many of the horrific injuries that bike users can experience in a crash. Sadly, as some of the UK’s most vulnerable road users, bike riders make up more than a third of the people killed or seriously injured on the road every year.
That’s why we are promoting being ‘Bike Smart’ as part of Brake’s Road Safety Week. Road Safety Week runs from the 19th to the 25th November, and is the UK’s biggest road safety event. The event was originally founded in 1997, and promotes a different life-saving message every year.
This year the theme is being ‘bike smart,’ with the aim of protecting road users who are disproportionately likely to be killed or seriously injured.
Being Bike Smart
The focus of Brake’s campaign this year is to encourage:
- Policy makers to be Bike Smart; by implementing a safe systems approach, mandating life-saving technology, and prioritising cycle-friendly infrastructure.
- Drivers to be Bike Smart; by looking out for those on two wheels, driving safely and slowly and giving bike riders plenty of space.
- Cyclists and Motorcylists to be Bike Smart; through safe riding behaviours, appropriate training, and equipment.
Check for Bikes
Motorbikes can travel just as fast as cars, yet when someone on a motorcycle crashes they are exposed to the full force of an impact. Comparatively, if you crash in a car you are protected by a crumple zone and safety cage.
Often, people on bikes are injured due to the negligence of other road users. For example, we helped one of our clients to claim £25,000 after they were knocked off their motorbike by a driver who pulled out of a car park without looking.
That’s why we encourage other road users to always check twice for bikes. This is especially true if you are about to pull out of a junction or merge lanes.
For more information about how you can avoid accidents with bikes, please see Kwik Fit’s advice here.
How can we help?
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, we may be able to help you claim compensation. See how much your claim could be worth by using our claim calculator here. You can also contact us free today on 0800 025 0000.