Whilst cycling has many advantages compared to a car, including building muscle, increasing your lung capacity and generally improving your health and fitness, one of the undoubted perks of riding a bike is the fact that you won’t get stuck in traffic like those who use cars and other larger vehicles.

Filtering plays a key role in allowing cyclists to navigate congested roads and pass slow moving or stationary traffic.

Filtering is a technique that motorcyclists also use on a regular basis however, they generally do so on the outside of vehicles, whereas cyclists, given they are smaller, opt to filter through the traffic on the inside of the traffic.

The dangers of filtering

Whilst filtering is an efficient way to beat the queues, it’s not without its risks. Filtering accidents are on the rise as the UK’s roads become busier.

Common causes of filtering accidents include drivers who have turned across the path of a cyclist after failing to spot them. Being hit from behind whilst filtering is also common as cyclists take longer than other road users to pick up speed. Car-dooring is also a common cause of filtering accidents. Car dooring is where an occupant of a vehicle opens their door in the path of a cyclist, resulting in the cyclist being thrown from their bike.

What to do if you’re involved in a filtering accident?

If you’ve been injured in an accident whilst filtering through traffic on your bike, then it’s important you speak to an expert cycling solicitor to discuss your options.

If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence then you may be able to claim compensation.

Whilst financial compensation is important if you’ve suffered a cycling injury, we recognise that your rehabilitation is even more important, that why our team will do all they can to ensure you get the best quality treatment to ensure you recover from any injury you may have sustained as quickly as possible.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team to discuss your filtering accident claim, call us today on 01625 506 672.