Each year, around 19,000 people in the UK are injured in a cycle accident. 75% of serious cycle accident injuries happen in urban areas, although half of all fatalities happen in rural areas. 80% happen during the day and 75% occur near a major junction. Needless to say, most cycle accidents happen due to the carelessness of drivers of motor vehicles.
Establishing blame for a cycle accident
Although around 60% of cycle accidents are attributed to other drivers’ carelessness (or due to their being under the influence of alcohol), around 40% are attributed to the cyclist failing to look over their shoulder properly. For this reason, it may not be easy to know at first who is to blame for your accident. This is especially the case if you have been knocked unconscious and don’t have a clear memory of the event.
Insurance companies and the police have various ways of establishing blame in these situations. They may consult any CCTV cameras nearby, which would give incontrovertible evidence of who was at fault. They may also look at any damage to the cycle or motor vehicle to assess how the collision happened, or consult nearby witnesses who would have been able to see more clearly who was to blame than those involved in the accident.
Claiming personal injury compensation after a cycle accident
If you have been injured in a cycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is a legal provision which exists to compensate the victims of others’ negligence for their pain, suffering and financial losses.
To find out more about personal injury compensation and discuss your situation in detail with a qualified advisor, call our experts at Accident Advice Helpline. The lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so feel free to call whenever is convenient. Although we are a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation, you’re under no obligation to continue with a claim simply by making a call. Our advisors will be able to let you know whether or not your claim is likely to be successful, what evidence you will need and how much compensation you could receive. If you choose to go ahead with a claim, it will most likely be done entirely over the telephone, and on a no win, no fee* basis. For a quick guide to your eligibility, check our 30-second online test.
Date Published: February 18, 2014
Author: David Brown