Cyclists are extremely vulnerable while out on the road. They are not surrounded with a protective metal shell, unlike in a car, nor do they have the power and speed of a motorcyclist. If the cyclist is involved in a collision and knocked off their bike, the injuries can be very serious. In such cases, you may be able to make a bicycle road traffic accident claim.
For you to be able to make a claim, you should not have been responsible for the accident. The rules of the highway apply as much to cyclists as they do motorists. Even if you think you were culpable, it is still worth seeking advice to find out whether or not you have grounds to make a bicycle road traffic accident claim.
Anyone wanting to make this type of claim, or any type of personal injury claim for that matter, should realise it is in their own best interests to seek legal advice in the first instance. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have a team of solicitors well trained in dealing with claims for cyclists involved in road traffic accidents.
Our legal team will have to assess whether you do have grounds to make a claim. In order to do that, we will need as much information as possible about the accident that led to your injuries.
Of course, your own recollections of the incident are very important, but witness statements from those who saw the accident can prove crucial. The police should have been called and the statement from the officer leading the investigation could also be the key to a successful claim. If there is any CCTV footage of the incident available, this also can be used to show exactly what happened and prove who was actually responsible for the accident.
One of the reasons for making a bicycle road traffic accident claim is to seek compensation for injuries suffered. A report from your doctor will detail the extent of your injuries and their severities. The seriousness of any injuries and their impact on your life could well determine the size of any successful compensation award.
Your injuries may be costly to you in monetary, as well as physical, terms. Time off work recovering will lead to loss of wages. There will be other expenses, such as the cost of prescriptions, travel to and from any therapy sessions, and non-NHS treatments. Our experienced legal team here at Accident Advice Helpline will ensure the personal financial implications of your misfortune are covered in your claim.
If your case is strong enough for a claim, we will handle your case on a no-win, no-fee basis. You will be able to begin the bicycle road traffic claim process without having to spend any of your own money – an ideal situation when you have been left short of funds following the accident.
The party liable for an accident may admit liability and make an offer. We will consult with you to see if the offer made is acceptable. If the offer is unacceptable or no liability is admitted the claim will go before the courts.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown