While many motorists seem to wish that the statement ‘cycling on the road means you are instantly at fault if you are involved in a road traffic accident‘ was true, it can be safely said that it is definitely false. Cycling accidents can be caused by both cyclists and motorists.
Cyclists at fault when cycling on the road
Who is at fault in a traffic accident involving a cyclist ultimately depends on what happened where and why. A cyclist may be at least partly at fault if he or she was cycling on the road instead of an existing cycling lane. In a similar manner, a cyclist who is not looking where he is going; not signalling his intention to turn or taking any kind of action that will put him or other road users at risk of being injured in an accident on the road, for instance, could be responsible and held liable for any injuries caused by his actions.
Motorists at fault
A vehicle driver may be at fault if they were distracted and failed to see a cyclist, did not give a cyclist sufficient room to prevent being hit by a car or took a cyclist’s right of way, for instance. Another situation where a driver would be at fault would be if he was speeding
and hit a child cycling on the road.
Establishing fault when cycling on the road
Establishing who was at fault and can subsequently be held liable for a cycling injury necessitates gathering evidence. This includes securing statements by witnesses, attending police and medical personnel, taking photographs or making sketches of the scene of the accident (such as the road layout, signs, signals nearby, positioning of vehicles involved, for example), injuries sustained and damage to cycles and vehicles involved.
Accident Advice Helpline
More than 15 years in the road accident claim sector means our in-house injury lawyers have all the skills and know-how to quickly gather all necessary evidence to establish liability and support a claim for compensation. Often able to conduct the vast majority of processes involved in a car accident or cycling accident claim over the phone, they also have the ability to bring claims quickly and efficiently to successful outcomes.
Get the cycling injury compensation you are entitled to by calling our confidential freephone helpline and speaking to one of our friendly advisors today. The no-obligation number to call from your mobile is 0333 500 0993. For calls made from your landline, the number is 0800