Any outdoor activity involving fast speeds can lead to accidents; BMX racing is no exception and a BMX accident claim is more common than you might think. BMX racing is one of the most popular sports for youngsters craving a shot of adrenaline while enjoying the great outdoors. It is a relatively inexpensive sport, with bikes and protection kit coming in at reasonable prices, but there is an element of risk involved and accidents do occur.
Causes of BMX accidents
If you are making use of a BMX racing track it is the responsibility of the owner of that facility to take every reasonable precaution to make sure the track is safe for use. Occasionally, however, event organisers and managers are negligent and this negligence can create a dangerous environment. If you, as a result of an unsafe track, have an accident, you may be entitled to compensation under a BMX accident claim.
Contact the experts
Accident Advice Helpline can advise you on whether you are entitled to compensation, and can pursue this claim on your behalf. Our in-house solicitors are experienced in analysing the circumstances surrounding an accident and helping to determine who bears the responsibility for the event. In most cases the amount that you can claim will depend on what exactly it is that track owner neglected to do and how this contributed to your injuries and suffering.
Your responsibility when racing
You should always wear the necessary safety gear when BMX racing. Should you get involved in an accident and suffer an injury without wearing protective gear, your ability to claim may be reduced. Regardless of the degree of negligence of the track owner or manager, your injuries in the event of an accident are likely to be more severe if you don’t wear safety gear such as patches and helmets. Should you then pursue a claim, the other party may argue that the injuries you suffered would have been less severe had you taken safety precautions and, as a result, they are not completely responsible for your suffering. Whatever the circumstances, our expert lawyers will be able to advise you on your options.
Prevention is better than cure
It is, of course, better to prevent an accident from occurring in the first instance and you should take a few precautions when you engage in a BMX race or make use of a BMX track. Apart from the aforementioned safety kit, you need to check that your bike is in good condition before you go to a racing track. Check your brakes and make sure your chain and bearings are adequately greased. Don’t take excessive risks – your skill level will determine what tricks you can do safely.
Worst comes to worst
The vast majority of BMX riders take their personal responsibilities seriously, yet despite this, accidents still occur. Contact Accident Advice Helpline if your accident was caused by another party. Our 24-hour free helpline on 0800 689 0500 will give you the advice you need to take your claim forward. Our extensive experience in personal injury claims has been built up over many years, and we are experts at getting our clients the compensation that they deserve.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown