Did you know that cyclists are almost as likely to injure pedestrians as cars, with 20 pedestrians seriously injured in cyclist-pedestrian accidents every year in the UK? Whilst cars are responsible for a higher number of accidents leading to serious injuries and fatalities, the number of cyclists in the UK is growing, which means a greater risk of cyclist-pedestrian accidents.
Local authorities across the country recognise the need for specialist cycleways and cycle paths to be installed in towns and cities to allow cyclists and pedestrians to stay safe and reduce the risk of accidents occurring. Whilst most accidents occur when a pedestrian steps out onto the street and doesn’t see a cyclist coming, cyclist-pedestrian accidents can also happen when impatient cyclists decide to ride their bikes on the pavement, rather than waiting in traffic or at a red light.
How have you been injured?
With bikes capable of speeds up to 25mph, the injuries sustained in a collision between a bike and a pedestrian could be serious and could include:
- Head injuries – such as concussion or brain damage
- Facial injuries
- Broken bones, often caused when pedestrians fall and brace themselves
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries, if the bike and cyclist fall onto the pedestrian
There is the opportunity for more than one pedestrian to be injured in this type of accident, and if you have been hurt in an accident with a cyclist, we could help you make a personal injury compensation claim. Contact us for confidential advice and we’ll be able to tell you if you have a viable claim – don’t wait around though as there’s a three-year time limit in place to claim.
Choosing a personal injury lawyer can be a tricky business, and you want to work with a reputable firm that you can trust. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer all our customers a 100% no win, no fee* service and we have been endorsed by our patron, TV personality and UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen. With years of experience in assisting people to claim personal injury compensation, we should be your first port of call if you decide you want to find out more about what’s involved. You can find out how much compensation you might be eligible to claim by taking the 30-second test on our website, or call us 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, so what are you waiting for?
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown