While pedestrians will usually avoid walking into the paths of motorised vehicles, they do seem to wander into cyclists’ paths at alarming frequency. It is, of course, possible to blame a lack of engine noise for this, but accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians are more often than not a case of lack of attention.
Although hurt pride, minor cuts and bruises are often the only injuries to all parties involved in such an accidental collision, the results of a pedestrian wandering into the path of a cyclist can be severe if the cyclist falls or swerves into the path of a car, for example, when attempting to avoid the pedestrian.
Anyone injured by a cycling accident during the past three years may be entitled to personal injury compensation. If, for instance, a cyclist is injured because an inattentive pedestrian caused him or her to be injured, the pedestrian may be liable to pay compensation. If, on the other hand, an accidental injury was caused to a pedestrian through the fault of a cyclist, the pedestrian may be eligible to receive compensation.
Steps to take in case of cycling accidents
The above highlights the fact that responsibility for a traffic accident must be established before any claims can be brought forward. It is therefore necessary to get statements from witnesses and/or attending police/medical personnel. Photographs of the scene (if possible) can also prove helpful, and documentation concerning any injuries and received treatments and/or medication will also be required once a claim process is initiated.
How to claim for compensation
The best way to start making a claim for accidental injury compensation is to contact Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm recommended by consumer champion Esther Rantzen. Established in 2000, this company specialises in personal injury claims, and the helpful advisers answering the freephone number (0800 689 0500) will be able to quickly assess whether a claim is justified and advise injured parties on what is required to initiate a claim.
Conditional fee agreements
Strictly confidential, calls to the advice line do not place an obligation to pursue claims on callers, but if a decision to claim is made, claimants will be assisted by one of the firm’s highly trained and experienced solicitors. As the legal team of the Accident Advice Helpline operates under conditional fee agreements (no win no fee*), claimants do not have to worry about funding claims.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown