While many of the personal injury claims made by cyclists often involve an accident with a vehicle, pushbike riders are not solely at risk from motorists. A collision with a vehicle can be one of the most dangerous types of accident for a cyclist, though they should also take care around other cyclists.
The NSW Police Force restated the need for more care between riders after an accident left a cyclist lying injured on a motorway.
On Friday 3 July at approximately 6.20 a.m., a male cyclist collided with another pushbike rider while travelling eastbound on the M2 Motorway. The man is thought to have made contact with the bike in front of him and he fell onto a lane of the motorway.
Injured and unable to move out of the way of the early morning traffic, the 55-year-old man was assisted by a truck driver, who parked his vehicle to block oncoming vehicles and provided assistance until an ambulance arrived.
After being found to have suffered a concussion and lacerations to his head, arms and legs, the cyclist was taken to the Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.
Police advise cyclists to take care
Following the incident, the NSW Police Force published a media release with information for cyclists on how to minimise the risk of accidents when out on a pushbike.
These tips included:
- Understanding that cyclists are allowed to ride two abreast on roads
- Being aware of the speed other cyclists can travel at and avoiding cutting them off
- Obeying the general rules of the road
- Giving clear hand signals
- Wearing bright, light or reflective clothing and using lights when cycling in the dark
Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command added that the risk of an accident cannot be removed entirely, and noted that cyclists are often prone to injury following a collision.
“This type of incident can happen at any time, and cyclists are more difficult to see than cars or trucks – especially at night, and they are more vulnerable to injury because they are less protected than car or truck occupants,” he explained.
What to do if you’ve been in a cycle accident
Although the police are not taking any further action with the aforementioned incident, the case outlines the level of vigilance that riders should have when cycling around New South Wales.
Cyclists in the state are not required to hold a licence or registration, so a pedestrian or other rider injured by cyclist will have to pay for their own medical fees and the subsequent costs associated with any downtime/illness.
This is contrary to cyclists or pedestrians who are injured by a motorist, with injury compensation supported by the motor vehicle accidents act and experienced injury lawyer across the state.
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