Shorter days and dark conditions on morning and evening commutes can pose a considerable risk to cyclists on Sydney roads.
Car accidents involving cyclists can be devastating – and injuries sustained in this type of collision can often be more severe than those suffered in a typical car accident.
Poor visibility and inclement weather at this time of year mean that urban cyclists need to take measures to protect themselves – and ensure that motorists can see them on the roads.
Simple safety measures such as wearing reflective clothing, investing in a quality cycling helmet and making sure you remain alert on the roads are well worth considering. If you frequently cycle in the dark, having additional lights and reflectors on your bike can make you more visible to other drivers.
You might also want to think about cycling in a group or using the city's dedicated cycleways to make your commute safer.
In the event you or a loved one is hurt in an cycling accident on the roads, the motor accidents compensation scheme allows you to make a claim for your injuries.
One important consideration for cyclists and motorbike riders who have been involved in car accidents is proof of liability.
This is where an experienced no win no fee lawyer can be an invaluable resource – they can take you through the steps you need to take to prove you had taken adequate safety measures to protect yourself, and therefore were not at fault for your own injuries.
Your lawyer can also help you determine exactly what type of compensation you may be entitled to – this can range from reimbursement for any expenses you may have incurred as a result of hospitalisation, medical treatment or rehabilitation to compensation for future ongoing treatments you may require as a result of your injuries.
A personal injury lawyer can also assist you if you wish to make a claim for any past or future economic loss suffered due to your injuries, including loss of wages during recovery time.
In certain cases, lump sum payments can also be made – this can happen in the event you wish to claim for pain and suffering, or if your injuries have resulted in a permanent impairment.