Personal injuries cover a whole range of accidents whereby you may have endured an injury that has caused you significant pain, or inconvenience. A bicycle accident is one such injury that as well as causing physical problems, may also result in psychological issues as you associate riding a bicycle with the risk of being injured again.
For those who have been involved in a bicycle accident, it can be a hugely difficult experience. For example, if you commute to work on a bike, you may find it challenging to get over your fear of riding again after suffering an injury. Likewise you may be physically unable to ride for a time, or your bicycle may have been badly damaged and require expert attention, or even to be replaced entirely.
I have been involved in a bicycle accident – what should I do?
As a bicycle accident can be so upsetting, it may be tempting to put the experience behind you without taking action to claim compensation. However, it is important that you do look into making a claim, as it will not only go some way to helping you following the accident, but it may also result in preventative measures to stop others from going through the same.
For example, you may have fallen from your bike after hitting an unmarked pot hole on a poorly maintained public road. It is your local council’s responsibility to ensure that roads are in a safe condition for all users – which means bikes as well as cars – and so your compensation claim will highlight the difficulty the accident has put you through and hopefully result in repair work on that section of road.
You may be entitled to make a claim if:
- The accident was not your fault
- It occurred within the past three years
- You needed to receive medical attention as a result
If you fulfil the above criteria, you should contact a compensation provider such as Accident Advice Helpline as soon as you can following the accident – they will be able to help you through the process and advise what you need to do.
If at all possible, it is useful to collect information at the scene of the accident which will help your claim. For example, if a pot hole was to blame, a photograph on your camera phone would provide useful evidence. If you were injured in a road traffic accident involving a car, the vehicle registration and contact details of the driver will be useful, as well as the names and numbers of any witnesses. If you do not have this information however, do not be deterred from making a claim.
At Accident Advice Helpline we have a team of friendly advisors who will guide you throughout the entire claims process. Your claim will be dealt with by an expert in bicycle accidents such as yours – ensuring you have the best possible chance to receive a fair compensation amount. In most cases, your claim will be processed entirely via the telephone, and always on a no win, no fee* basis.