Even if you ride a bike regularly you may occasionally find it convenient to hire a bike. You might be going on holiday and unable to take your own bike with you for example. On the other hand you may simply want to hire one for ease of use to help you explore a specific area, or to enjoy off-road biking.
In any event you would expect the bike you receive to be in good condition and to be roadworthy (regardless of whether you actually ride on the roads or not). Every bike should be checked out thoroughly before you are allowed to hire it, to minimise the odds of being hurt in an accident.
Injuries you might experience while on a bike
If you did end up with a faulty bike you might find the brakes don’t work properly when you need them to. Perhaps the wheels are loose – one might even come off if it hasn’t been attached properly. The chain could come off or you might experience a problem with the pedals.
In any situation there is a chance you could come off the bike or crash into something. Injuries can range from cuts and bruises to broken bones or damaged ligaments and muscles. Even if you wear a crash helmet (which you should do) you could still suffer a potential head injury as well.
Was someone else to blame?
This is what you must ask yourself if you think there is a chance you could get bike hire injury compensation. If you have suffered injuries that were caused because you were given a bike that wasn’t roadworthy or checked prior to you renting it, this could lead to a successful outcome for bike hire injury compensation. Similarly if you are involved in a road accident, you must be able to prove the other party was the responsible one.
As you can see there is plenty to think about here. If you have a chance to contact Accident Advice Helpline soon after your accident has occurred, make sure you do so. On the other hand you can still claim up to three years’ after the accident happens, so call 0800 689 0500 now to see whether an accident you suffered in the recent past could warrant making a claim. You don’t know what the outcome could be unless you give it a try.