The ever rising popularity of mountain biking also means that reports of mountain biking accidents are also on the increase. Wearing protective gear, especially helmets, is an absolute must if serious personal injuries are to be avoided while riding on variable off-road surfaces.
Mountain biking injuries
High speed descents on rough terrain in particular often lead to (sometimes serious) injuries by falling. Thankfully, most fall injuries are comparatively minor, involving abrasions, bruises or cuts to elbows, hips and/or knees. Shoulder separations (Acromioclavicular joint sprains), other shoulder injuries and broken collar bones have also been reported quite frequently, as have injuries to wrists and upper arms.
Repetitive strain injury
The repetitive nature of mountain biking (and cycling in general) also means that repetitive strain injuries causing back and/ knee pain are fairly common, especially in cases where the bikes were not set up correctly for the rider.
Slips, trips and falls
Spectators and riders alike may also suffer injuries by slipping on wet, muddy surfaces or trip injuries caused by holes in or obstacles on the ground. Poorly designed, excessively dangerous competition courses can lead to broken limbs and serious head injuries caused by falling.
Injury by defective equipment
While bikers should check the condition of their bikes, safety gear, and so on before each event, cycling accidents are occasionally caused by failing equipment. Depending on the circumstances, injuries by faulty equipment can be quite serious.
Cycling injury compensation
Those injured at mountain biking events through no fault of their own may qualify for personal injury compensation. As with other claims for compensation, evidence to show that the cycling accident was caused by another person must be provided. Documentation of the injury and medication and treatment provided must also be supplied, making it highly important to seek medical attention immediately, as this will result in such documentation becoming available in the shape of medical records. Witness statements and, where possible, photos of the scene of the accident, track lay-out, etc are also helpful.
Getting help in claiming
Gathering all the required evidence and successfully claiming for compensation is made easier by hiring an experienced compensation solicitor. Thanks to the no win no fee* services provided by Accident Advice Helpline, potential claimants can now do this without fear of adding extra financial burdens to their already traumatic experience. Call our free helpline on 0800 689 5659 today to get your public liability claim off on the right track.