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Cycling accidents on a roundabout

At Cycle SOS, we know full well the dangers that roundabouts present to cyclists. If you have suffered from a cycling accident on a roundabout, then our specialist solicitors can be of assistance.

Why do roundabouts present so much of a hazard to cyclists?

The purpose of roundabouts is to aid traffic flow in a manner which conventional junctions, controlled or otherwise, do not. That intention poses a risk to cyclists due to being less conspicuous compared with a larger vehicle when the cyclist’s smaller silhouette can easily be lost against the general background. Bright clothing and lights are all recommended to increase the chances of being seen. It’s also important to wear a helmet as this will protect you in an accident.

Entering the roundabout

One of the greatest risks on roundabouts is when passing the entry ‘give way’ markings where traffic is entering the roundabout. Drivers prefer not to stop (just as do cyclists), but the entry speed may be too high to permit vehicles’ stopping if a cyclist is only seen at the last moment, especially if the speed limit on the approach is greater than 30mph. In the absence of other traffic, some driving manuals suggest taking the shortest route between entrance and exit, so effectively straight lining the roundabout, which involves lane changes on entry and exit. A driver intent on trimming a couple of seconds from the journey time may not have cyclists’ well-being at the forefront of the mind! Highway Authorities could improve safety by ensuring that vegetation reducing an approaching driver’s field of vision is trimmed back.

Exiting the roundabout

The second high risk is where traffic changes lanes to exit a roundabout. Drivers intending to take the second, third or beyond junction may place their cars in Lane 2 which necessitates crossing Lane 1 to exit. That manoeuvre aside, vehicles shouldn’t really be changing lanes but for a variety of reasons do! The temptation especially for the less experienced or confident cyclist is to hug the nearside kerb on the outer circumference, but this is potentially dangerous for two reasons: first, through exposure to traffic entering over the Give Way lines and second by reducing the chance of being seen by those drivers. It is preferable to ride in a position where a driver entering the roundabout would be looking for cars, which means towards the centre of the lane. It’s vital to have selected the correct gear to permit acceleration out of difficulty while maintaining a reasonable speed without too high a cadence.

The Highway Code

The Highway Code allows cyclists to remain in Lane 1 even if they are taking the second or third exit, but with the express instruction that a signal must be given indicating intention to remain on the roundabout when approaching an exit which the cyclist’s road positioning might otherwise suggest they are intending to take. The most thorough analysis we have seen on roundabout technique for cyclists is in Cyclecraft by John Franklin which is recommended reading for Bikeability students.

Why choose Cycle SOS to represent you?

Following a cycling accident, it can sometimes be a challenge for an untrained observer to determine the cause and who is at fault. For this reason, we have a skilled team at Cycle SOS, who are not only cyclists themselves but are also trained in accident investigation and reconstruction techniques to assist you in compiling all the evidence required to bring a successful claim. Established in 1988, we have helped many cyclists who have been involved in cycling accidents, many of which were caused by the hazards of a roundabout. As we are cyclists ourselves, we know the dangers the roads present and have seen first-hand, the consequences that cyclist road accidents can have on both the cyclist and on their families. If you have been affected by the death of someone close to you in a cycling accident and are making a claim on their behalf, we are here to provide you with the support and assistance to ease your suffering.

How much will it cost to make a claim?

In the majority of cases, we can assist you with a claim at no initial cost to you. Almost all of our cyclist road accident claims are funded through a Conditional Fee Agreement. More commonly known as a no win, no fee* agreement, this will mean you will only pay for our services if you are successful in your claim, and even then our costs are capped to ensure there is no financial risk to you. When claiming for compensation, we will always take into consideration all factors of the accident. In addition to obtaining compensation for the injuries sustained, we will also look to obtain compensation for other costs including loss of earnings, medical assistance and damage to the bike and kit. Whether you’re ready to pursue a claim for compensation for a cycling accident or simply to seek more information or advice, call us for free on 0808 100 9995. As the cyclist’s national helpline, our friendly and knowledgeable team are waiting to provide you with assistance.

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For cyclists who have been involved in an accident on a roundabout, there are a number of resources available to provide support and assistance. This includes contacting the police to report the incident, seeking medical attention if needed, and contacting a specialist bike injury solicitor for legal advice. If you have been involved in a cycling accident at a roundabout that wasn’t your fault, contact our team on 0808 100 9995 for expert advice.
According to the UK Department for Transports “Reported road casualties in Great Britain” study for 2021, the most common type of cycling accident on roads were caused by the driver or rider failing to look properly. And pedal cycle fatalities at roundabouts represent 5% of all fatalities. For expert advice on cycling accidents at roundabouts, please call our team on 0808 100 9995.
Cycling accidents on roundabouts are more likely to occur during peak traffic hours, particularly in the morning and evening rush hours. However, the likelihood of accidents can also depend on factors such as weather conditions and the design of the roundabout. It is important for cyclists to remain vigilant and follow proper safety protocols when navigating roundabouts, regardless of the time of day. Call our team of experts on 0808 100 9995 if you are involved in a cycling accident at a roundabout.
Common mistakes that cyclists make when navigating roundabouts include not signalling correctly, failing to take the correct position on the road, and failing to look properly. By signalling in advance, positioning yourself in the middle lane and wearing bright reflective clothing, cyclists can help to reduce the risk of accidents on roundabouts. For more information about cycling accidents on roundabouts, contact our team of experts on 0808 100 9995.

In the event of a roundabout collision between a cyclist and another vehicle, assessing culpability is dependent on the unique conditions and acts of both parties. Under UK law, all road users, including cyclists and drivers, are responsible for their own and others’ safety.

To determine fault in a roundabout collision involving a cyclist and another vehicle, a thorough examination of the exact incident is required, taking into account witness testimony, accessible evidence (such as CCTV footage or accident reconstruction), and applicable traffic laws. Insurance companies, the police, or legal professionals may assist in determining liability.

If you were a cyclist involved in an accident at a roundabout, you should acquire as much evidence as possible, including witness accounts, photographs of the accident area, and any available CCTV or dashcam footage. Seeking legal advice from a personal injury solicitor can help you understand your rights, navigate the legal system, and pursue a compensation claim if necessary.

Call 0808 100 9995 and speak to one of our specialist solicitors. We’re here to help. You can email us or schedule a callback.

The Highway Code was updated in 2022 to ensure cyclists have priority on roundabouts. Other changes include the ability for cyclists to stay in the left-hand lane throughout the duration of their time on the roundabout. When approaching a roundabout, motorists must be cautious not to cut across cyclists, horse riders, or horse-drawn vehicles in the left-hand lane.

According to Cycling UK, as a cyclist you should “take your lane when nearing and negotiating a roundabout.” 

Taking your lane, or riding in what is known as the primary position involves riding in the centre of the lane; this helps improve visibility. Learn more about positioning here

The Highway Code was updated in 2022, giving cyclists more priority while navigating a roundabout. This change stipulates that those driving or riding motorcycles should not attempt to overtake people cycling within that person’s lane. Those driving or riding motorcycles should also allow people cycling to move across their path as they travel around the roundabout.

If you were hurt as a cyclist in an accident involving a car on a roundabout, you should gather evidence such as witness accounts, photographs of the area, and any relevant medical records.

Reporting the incident to the police and getting legal advice from a personal injury solicitor will help you understand your rights and choices for pursuing compensation for your injuries and any other losses you may have suffered. For more information about our services or to start your claim, call 0808 100 9995 and speak to one of our specialist solicitors. We’re here to help. You can email us or schedule a callback.