It is often the case that cyclists are injured as they are fairly vulnerable on the roads. Many cyclists, however, are unaware that if they have been injured they are able to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Cycle injury claims can be made through a ‘no win no fee*’ system so that the injured party has nothing to lose and will not have to pay out if the claim is unsuccessful.
If a cyclist is injured and it is the fault of another person then a claim should be made. Cycle injury claims are not only made if the cyclist has been injured as the result of an altercation with a vehicle, but also if the road surface has caused an accident in some way. Such an accident does not just have physical implications for the cyclist – cuts, bruises and broken bones can all heal – but there may also be psychological implications. Cycling can be intimidating anyway with so much traffic around, but it can be much harder to want to cycle again after an accident, for fear of it happening again.
In order to make cycle injury claims it is important to have as many details of the accident as possible. If other people were involved, or if there are witnesses, the injured party needs to obtain their contact information, plus insurance information if another vehicle was involved. It is also worth taking photographs of the accident scene and any damage to the bicycle, any skid marks on the road and details of distances as these could prove to be useful in the event of a claim.
Next it is important to get the right advice. Calling Accident Advice Helpline is the best first step. We will take down all the details of the accident and put you in touch with a solicitor who specialises in cycle injury claims. The process is very straightforward and, as we operate a ‘no win, no fee’* system, there is no requirement to pay fees in advance.
It is not essential that the accident happened only recently. There is a three year time limit for claims, so if you were involved in a bicycle accident within the last three years, you still have time to make a claim for compensation, and it is not uncommon for claims to be made a couple of years after the event. Part of the reason for this is that some people are not aware at the time of the accident that they have the right to make a claim.
It should be noted that it is not only the claimant that can benefit from a compensation claim like this. If the accident is the result of a poor road surface then a claim could encourage the local council to make the necessary repairs and prevent anyone else from suffering the same fate. It costs nothing to make a call to Accident Advice Helpline and find out more about the claims process. A little advice from us could reap benefits in the long term.