How the new Highway Code may impact on your cycling accident
The Highway Code was updated on the 29th January 2022 with the aim of giving priority to vulnerable road users. Since the introduction of the new rules we have seen an increase in cycling accident claims being made.
The biggest number of rule changes enshrined in the new Highway Code are specifically directed towards keeping cyclists safe on our roads. This follows the spike in cycling popularity, due in part to the bike-to-work scheme being implemented as well as the impact of Covid-19 and its subsequent lockdowns.
Some of the changes to the Highway Code that are of relevance to cycling accidents, include:
- Positioning in the centre of the lane on quiet roads and in slow traffic;
- Keeping a minimum of 0.5 metres from the curb edge whilst riding on the road;
- Riding 2 abreast when safe to do so;
- Allowing a minimum of 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists, with vehicles being required to wait until it is safe to pass at this distance; and
- Cyclists travelling straight across at a junction having priority over vehicles waiting to turn into the junction.
These changes are designed to give further protection to cyclists on Britains roads and place a greater duty on drivers of cars, vans, lorries and other vehicles to ensure that cyclists are kept safe.
If you have been involved in a cycling accident where another road user has failed to follow these new rules, then we are likely to be able to assist you in recovering compensation for your injuries and financial losses.
We work on a No Win, No Fee basis and offer a free case assessment service.
To find our whether you are entitled to compensation for your cycling accident simply contact our free helpline either by calling freephone 0333 888 0408 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org