Cyclists are one of the most vulnerable groups of road users and it is barely surprising that bicycle traffic accidents frequently result in serious injury. Many of these bicycle traffic accidents involve cars and heavy goods vehicles whose drivers had simply not “noticed” the cyclist when turning left across a bicycle, and car passengers who open doors immediately into a cyclist’s path without looking. In 2008, 96% of all injuries sustained by a cyclist in a bicycle traffic accident could be attributed to somebody other than the cyclist!
When a cyclist takes a fall in a bicycle traffic accident, common injuries can include broken limbs and damaged spines. Due to the use of cycling helmets, fewer head injuries are now reported due to a bicycle traffic accident, however if you are involved in such an incident, the best advice is to call for an ambulance and remain calm and still until you have received medical treatment – the old adage of getting back on your horse when you fall off does not apply when you have sustained an injury.
Claims for Bicycle Traffic Accidents
In many instances, liability for the bicycle traffic accident is obvious, however if a cyclist has swerved into the path of a vehicle due to a pothole in the road or poorly maintained cycle path, who should accept the blame? Furthermore, how does one determine that you are getting a fair and adequate compensation in relation to your injuries when you may feel apprehensive about getting back on a bicycle again, your level of fitness deteriorates as you are no longer cycling and you incur expenses travelling to and from work? There are no hard and fast rules in these circumstances and, once you have received appropriate medical treatment, it is recommended that you speak with a solicitor familiar with bicycle traffic accidents and their consequences.
In order to determine a suitable resolution for these questions (and many more you may have), we offer a legal claims advice helpline that enables you to speak with a specialist personal injury claims solicitor about your bicycle traffic accident. They will be able to clarify your options in pursuit of a claim for compensation with practical and helpful advice, and give you guidelines about how to pursue your claim. There is no obligation on you for just for speaking with them, and each call to our solicitors is treated with complete confidentiality.
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What can I expect?
Our solicitors answer your call directly and like to hear from you about the circumstances surrounding the bicycle traffic accident, plus any questions you may have before offering their advice. This is because each case is unique, and may have different consequences.
The solicitor will advise you whether there is a case worth your while to pursue and offer a number of suggestions to you in order to proceed with a claim for compensation. You are under no obligation to accept any of them and will not be put under any pressure to make an immediate decision until you have had an opportunity to reflect on your options.
If there are any costs associated with the claim for compensation as a result of your bicycle traffic accident, the solicitor will advise you before you decide to proceed, although legal expenses are most usually accounted for by the liable party´s insurance company.
If you choose to proceed with action against the negligent driver or persons responsible for your injuries, our solicitor will guide you through the necessary procedures and be able to advice you how long they expect the case to run before settlement is reached.
If you have been involved in a bicycle traffic accident where another person was to blame (remember – 96% could be attributed to somebody other than the cyclist), then please take advantage of our legal claims advice helpline or submit your details in our call-back form, and one of our specialist team will be happy to call you.