If you are a cyclist on Britain’s roads, then you will know all too well that unfortunately drivers of motor vehicles are not very careful about cyclists. Accordingly, you may have been injured recently and be considering claiming for cycling accident injuries.
There are many different types of accident involving cyclists. Some happen because of the state of the roads, in which case claiming for cycling accident injuries is against the local authority, which has a responsibility to keep all roads (including cycling lanes) well maintained. If your front wheel hits a pothole and you suffer a fall and an injury, then you are entitled to make an accident claim against the local authority.
Claiming for cycling accident injuries against a motorist
However careful you are, you can never predict what another person might do. Some drivers or their passengers open doors without looking to see if there is a cyclist (or a pedestrian) close to the door. You could get knocked off your bike and suffer a severe injury, even if you were wearing the appropriate protective gear. You can make a claim against the owner of the vehicle even if it was the passenger who was responsible for your accident, as all motorists should have at least third party motor insurance.
What does compensation cover?
Compensation can cover loss of earnings after an accident if you have to take time off work because of your injury. It also covers the pain, distress and suffering caused by your accident. You can also claim for damage or loss of personal property and damage to your bicycle, as well as for new protective clothing, for example.
If you suffer brain damage or any other catastrophic injury, then you will receive compensation to cover past and present medical expenses and treatment, rehabilitation, and the cost of care for the rest of your life if needed. You may also receive compensation to refit your home so that your new needs are accommodated.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with more than 16 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury compensation claims. We operate all over Britain and work with a team of expert in-house solicitors who work on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
If you think that you have grounds for claiming for cycling accident injuries or any other personal injury claim, then we suggest that you contact us for expert legal advice. In the first instance, you could visit the Accident Advice Helpline website to find out more about us. After that, you may want to call us on one of our helpline numbers.
Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for expert legal advice about any personal injury compensation claim, with no obligation to move forward.
Date Published: 23rd October 2013
Author: David Brown