According to the Highways Act, it is illegal to cycle on pavements; if you’ve been injured by a bike rider or involved in a road traffic accident and you believe that it was somebody else’s fault, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
I’ve been injured by a bike rider, can I claim compensation?
If you’ve been injured by a bike rider while walking on the pavement, you may have a case for no win, no fee compensation. As it is technically illegal to cycle on the pavement, cyclists should not use the pavement, especially when pedestrians are around, as this carries a risk of collisions and increases the chances of cycle accident injuries.
If you’ve been involved in a bike accident or you’ve been injured on the pavement, jot down all the details of the incident, contact the police and see a doctor so that your injuries can be assessed and recorded. It is always a good idea to note down as much information as possible at the time of the incident, so that it is fresh in your mind; you should also exchange contact details with the cyclist.
How do I make a claim?
If you wish to make a claim for road accident compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will do all the leg work for you, so you can focus on your recovery. The team has experience in all aspects of personal injury compensation and we operate on a no win, no fee basis; this means that if you don’t win your case, you won’t have an unexpected and unwelcome bill for solicitors’ fees to contend with.
In order to make a successful cycle accident compensation claim, the incident must have happened within the last 3 years and you must have evidence which supports your version of events, such as eyewitness statements and medical reports. Compensation is awarded to those who have been injured as a result of another person’s negligence. In this case, this relates to a cyclist using the pavement, rather than the road or a marked cycle path and cycling irresponsibly or carelessly.
To find out more about making a road accident claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 03333 500 0933 from a mobile; the lines are available 24 hours a day.