It’s a sad fact that motorists do not take enough care of cyclists when they are driving. Many cycling accidents are caused because car drivers and those who drive much larger vehicles are not careful enough about cyclists. If you are a cyclist you might recognize some of these scenarios.
If your wheel got caught in a pothole and you fell off your bike and were injured, then it is possible that you could claim personal injury compensation from your local authority. The local authority or council is responsible for maintaining roads, and failure to do so could be legally construed as negligence on their behalf.
Hit by a car door
If you have been knocked off your bike and suffered an injury, then you are not to blame, as it is the driver or passenger who should have looked before opening the door that hit you. It is not the fault of the cyclist riding too close to a parked car.
If you were knocked off your bike by a passenger door, then you need to contact an accident solicitor in Bowmore, or one who has offices near to where you live. An accident such as this should be covered by the car driver’s (owner’s) insurance, but some insurers may argue that a passenger is not covered by the driver’s insurance policy.
Cycling on the pavement
The law states clearly that you shouldn’t cycle on a pavement, but it would be unusual for a child aged under sixteen to be given a Fixed Penalty Notice. If the case goes to court the maximum fine is £500. If you hit a pedestrian, you could be liable for a compensation claim.
Slips on oil
If your bike slipped because of oil spilled on the road, you could claim personal injury compensation from the Motor Insurer’s Bureau, if it was an unknown person who deposited the oil on the road. However in a case such as this the accident should be reported to the police immediately, or as soon as possible.
Pedestrians and bike accidents
You can, in some instances, claim personal injury compensation if a pedestrian is negligent. This might be that he or she steps into the road without looking and you and your bike crash into him/her. However, you would have to seek the advice of an accident solicitor in Bowmore (for example).
Accident solicitor in Bowmore
If you have had any kind of accident and suffered an injury because of it, then, if you can prove the accident was not your fault but caused by another person’s negligence, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation. You have to file a claim within three years of the date of the accident according to the law. If you have any difficulty in finding an accident solicitor in Bowmore, or one elsewhere in the UK, then you should consider contacting Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you
Accident Advice Helpline specialises in personal injury compensation claims and will give you expert advice. You can check us out on our website and then you may want to phone us on one of our freephone numbers, which are 0800 689 0500 for landlines or for mobiles, 0333 500 0993. Call us at anytime; the lines are always open.
Date Published: 27th June 2013