The question, “Can I claim for a bicycle road traffic accident abroad?” will depend on the situation surrounding the incident. In order to make a claim, you should not have been responsible for your misfortune, such as cycling without due care and attention.
There are many reasons why you could have been an innocent victim of an accident while riding a bicycle on the road abroad. It could have been because of the careless actions of a driver. Alternatively, you may have suffered the accident due to the condition of the road, its layout, or because the cycle you hired was faulty. As long as you did not bring the accident on yourself, there may well be grounds for making a claim.
There are several good reasons why you should make a claim following your foreign bicycle road traffic accident. Apart from the physical and emotional distress, the incident may have led to medical costs and the expense of medically supervised repatriation back to the UK. You may very well have lost earnings through having to take time off work recovering, or in very serious circumstances, have had to give up your employment completely. Add to all of that the cost of treatment, both short and long-term, a compensation payment will ease the financial pressure on both you and your family.
In order to make a claim, it is in your own best interest to seek legal advice, especially from a personal injury law firm used to dealing with bicycle road traffic accidents that happened abroad. At Accident Advice Helpline, we are legal specialists who are skilled and experienced in dealing with cases that happened outside UK jurisdiction. This is essential, as laws differ from country to country. There is also the problem of dealing with people in foreign languages.
You should understand there are tight deadlines when dealing with bicycle road traffic accidents that happened abroad, so it is important you contact us as soon as possible, even if you are unsure and are still thinking, “Can I claim for a bicycle road traffic accident abroad?”
Following our discussion with you, and based on the information surrounding the accident, we will determine whether you have grounds to make a claim. The information will be based on your recollections and the statements of any witnesses to the accident. The report from the local police that investigated the incident will also be important. Any photos taken at the scene or CCTV footage of the accident will help us judge who or what was to blame, which will be key as we build your case for compensation.
The medical report will be crucial, as the extent of your injuries may determine the size of any compensation award. Even if you were medically examined while abroad, you should still see your own doctor on return to the UK.
With Accident Advice Helpline you will be represented on a “no win, no fee”* basis. If the claim is not won and you do not receive any compensation, you will not have to pay our fees. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice
Date Published: November 4, 2013
Author: David Brown