Accident Advice Helpline is a specialist law firm. We are contacted by hundreds of people every week because they have been involved in an accident that was not their fault and have been injured in some way. A proportion of the people ring Accident Advice Helpline because they have been involved in an accident involving a bicycle. These are called cycle injury claims. There are several categories of cycle injury claims and some of them are detailed below.
Cycle injury claims category 1 – bicycle and car accidents
This is an accident where there has been a collision between a bicycle and a car. The person who was not at fault and got injured can make a claim for compensation from the person who was at fault. In most cases, but not all, it is the car driver that was at fault and it was the cyclist that got injured. This is because the cyclist is not guarded by anything and so is more vulnerable to injury.
This type of accident is sometimes caused by the car driver pulling out of a parking space or pulling out of a junction and not looking properly to see if there is a cyclist approaching. The injured cyclist can provide the details of the accident and the injury to Accident Advice Helpline via our free telephone hotline or via the internet. There is a very quick (30-second) test that you can use to assess whether or not your claim is likely to succeed. You can then go ahead if you want to.
Cycle injury claims category 2 – bicycle and heavy goods vehicle accidents
This can be a very serious form of accident and very serious injuries or fatalities can occur. The most likely scenario is that the cyclist will be more severely injured than the HGV driver. If the cyclist has been very severely injured and so did not make a claim straight away, that is not actually a problem as they have up to three years to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline can allocate you a personal injury lawyer who is an expert in cycle injury claims. We will handle your case professionally, probably over the telephone, and will not probably ask you to appear in court. A report on the injuries from the accident will probably have to be prepared by a medical expert and so there may be one medical appointment to attend.
Cycle injury claims category 3 – bicycle and pedestrians
Either the cyclist or the pedestrian may be at fault. You can provide details of the accident and of your injuries to the professional, highly trained advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. We are highly skilled at dealing with this type of accident, which is why we are the only law firm that is endorsed by TV consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen. Photographs, sketches, descriptions and witness statements are all useful information in determining who was at fault.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to discuss your claim with Accident Advice Helpline today. Our initial advice is free.
Date Published: 25th February 2013