The economic downturn suffered over recent years has meant that many people have had to try and save money wherever they can. For some this has meant finding a cheaper way to get to and from work, and many of them have turned to using a cycle. Apart from using a cycle to commute, many people use them for pleasure, and they are now the third most popular outdoor pursuit in the UK.
The biggest problem for all cyclists, and what stops a lot of people riding them, is how vulnerable they are in an accident situation. If you are in a car and another cars hits you, you at least have the protection of the car around you, but on a cycle there is no protection at all.
This does mean that any injuries they sustain tend to be of a serious nature, and as the majority of accidents involving cyclist are not the riders fault, many of them are innocent victims who turn to our accident solicitor in Forest Gate to claim compensation.
The causes of cycle accidents, and why our accident solicitor in Forest gate can help
Research shows that most cycle accidents are solo events, caused by potholes and bad road surfaces. That does not sound like a serious accident, but it really depends how and where the cyclist lands. If the pothole that throws them from their bike is on a busy road, they could be in the path of a motor vehicle that cannot stop before hitting them. This is just an example, there are many situations like this that could cause a cyclist very severe injuries, if they survive.
The council responsible for the road involved should repair potholes, and the cyclist may be able to make a compensation claim against them. How quickly councils repair potholes depends on where you live. Some realise how dangerous they can be and attempt to repair them within a few hours of them being reported. Others will take weeks.
Our accident solicitor in Forest Gate, will help you make a claim against the council if that is the cause of your cycling accident, or against another driver if they were at fault.
Expert help from Accident Advice Helpline for cyclists
One of the problems cyclists encounter is because they do not have to be insured to be on the roads, they often lack the legal representation they need. If they were blameless for the accident that caused their injuries, they should call Accident Advice Helpline. Without having to find any money to start their claim, they can have the best legal representation their side.
With nearly 15 years experience of making successful claims for all types of accidents, we will be help to help them to get the justice they are entitled to, and the compensation they deserve.
Our expert claims advisors will be able to provide all the information the innocent victims of accidents need, free of any charge or obligation. To find out more about making a claim, call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 if you are calling from a mobile.
Bear in mind though that you only have three years to make your claim, and the sooner it is started the better. So don’t delay, call Accident Advice Helpline today.
Date Published: 5th August 2013
Author: David Brown