Accident solicitor in Avebury – cycling accidents
Accidents involving children and bicycles are often the result of the child playing, doing ‘tricks’, riding too fast or losing control. In the case of older teenager and adult cyclists, accidents are more likely to involve collisions with motor vehicles. Around 16% of fatal or serious cyclist accidents that are reported to the police, do not involve a collision with another vehicle, but are caused by the rider losing control of their bicycle in some way.
In collisions involving a vehicle, the most common contributory factor recorded by the police is ‘failed to look properly’ by either the driver or rider, especially at junctions and crossings. ‘Failed to look properly’ was attributed to the car driver in 57% of serious collisions and to the cyclist in 43% of serious collisions at junctions.
This is an unfortunate statistic that an accident solicitor in Avebury from Accident Advice Helpline, is all too familiar with
Other common factors attributed to drivers are ‘poor turn/manoeuvre’, or just plain bad driving to you and me. Cyclists are more likely to suffer serious injuries when a driver is judged to be ‘impaired by alcohol’, exceeding the speed limit’ or ‘travelling too fast for the conditions’.
The most common vehicle involved in collisions with cyclists is a car or taxi, with the cyclist usually being hit by the front of the vehicle.
Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) present a more specific danger for cyclists, especially in London where around 20% of cyclist fatalities that occur involve a HGV. These often occur when the vehicle is turning left at a junction.
Common cycling acccidents
- Motorist emerging into path of cyclist
- Motorist turning across path of cyclist
- Cyclist riding into the path of a motor vehicle
- Cyclist and motorist going straight ahead
- Cyclist turning right from a major road and from a minor road
- Child cyclist playing or riding too fast
Accident solicitor in Avebury – Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline has vast experience to draw from when dealing with claims such as those arising from cyclist/vehicle accidents. Thousands of people every year trust them to handle their claim and help to get the compensation that they deserve.
The qualifying checks are rigorous though, with certain criteria needing to be met before a claim is considered. These include the fact that the accident must not be the fault of the claimant, and the accident must not have occurred more than three years prior to the date of the claim. Call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
You can very easily check the validity of your claim by making use of Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test. This quick test will check the validity of your claim, and also give an estimate of much you could receive.
There is also a claim form on the site so that you can put your claim forward straight away.
Date Published: 30th June 2013
Author: David Brown