No one would ever want to be involved in a road accident. However as a cyclist you are perhaps a lot more prone to serious injury than other road users would be. Car drivers are protected by their vehicles to a great extent. Cyclists don’t have this luxury. They tend to come off in the worst position out of those injured in an accident.
Many cyclists who are hurt in accidents on the road consider the prospect of making a cycling road accident compensation claim. The amounts that may be awarded for injuries will depend significantly on how serious each one is. Even something that may sound relatively minor, such as a broken ankle for example, can incur varying amounts of compensation depending on how bad the break was. Out-of-pocket expenses will also be taken into account, as will any loss of income suffered because of the accident.
Who caused the accident?
This is perhaps the most important question to ask when considering the likelihood of being successful in making a cycling road accident compensation claim. You must have proof that someone else was the cause of the accident and the injuries you suffered. This could be a car driver, a pedestrian or another road user.
However there is also a possibility of injuries being caused if your bike is not fit for the purpose it is intended for. Of course, this won’t include normal wear-and-tear if you haven’t been looking after your bike properly. However if you were out riding your brand new bike at the time and something went wrong with it, this could mean the manufacturer was negligent in some way.
Have you been hurt in a cycling accident in the last three years?
If you have, and you haven’t yet found out whether or not you could make a compensation claim, now is the time to do so. Make sure you give Accident Advice Helpline a ring on 0800 689 0500. You can speak with an experienced advisor and they will talk you through your situation.
You may find you are entitled to make a no win, no fee claim if you are in a good position to prove someone was negligent. Call our advisors now on our 24/7 free enquiry line to see whether this could be a possibility for you. It only takes one call to learn more.
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead