The vast majority of cycling accidents which occur on the roads, happen when the cyclist is struck by a motor vehicle.
Collisions usually occur because the driver fails to see the cyclist when they are pulling out in to a road or turning. However, motorists have a duty of care towards other road users including cyclists and as a consequence driving too close to a cyclist or changing lanes quickly causing them to swerve or lose balance could also be regarded as negligent.
Should you suffer injury in a cycling accident which was not your fault, it should be possible to pursue a personal injury compensation claim.
Lights and high visibility clothing will help drivers to spot a cyclist and failure to use these may be regarded as a contributory factor in a cycling accident involving another vehicle. In addition whilst cycle helmets are not mandatory they should be worn on all occasions. Failure to wear a cycle helmet could also be regarded as contributory negligence should you sustain a head injury. This in turn could lead to a very significant reduction in the level of compensation you could expect to receive.