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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Cycling accidents: Wandering pedestrians?

    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.

    Road traffic accidents

    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.

    Cycling injury compensation

    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.

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    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

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.