There are many causes for cycle accidents; vehicle collisions and potholes to name just two. These accidents can cause untold injury to the cyclist and damage their cycle or equipment. In this case, the cyclist will often use the services of a cycle injury lawyer to obtain compensation for injuries and losses.
Cycle injury lawyer – a necessity
After most cycle accidents, there is some form of large organisation to deal with, usually insurance companies or council authorities. This makes the use of a cycle injury lawyer a necessity. These large organisations are used to dealing with personal injury claims and will do their best to avoid having to pay you any compensation. A cycle injury lawyer will be used to dealing with them, will know the tricks of the trade, what pitfalls to avoid and how to get the best deal for you. They will make sure you get what you’re entitled to.
How to avoid needing a cycle injury lawyer
The only way you can guarantee never needing the services of a cycle injury lawyer, is to never cycle. However, you can reduce the risks to yourself as much as possible and still enjoy your cycling.
Measures to take
Wear protective clothing, including a good quality helmet. Keep your cycle in good order, so that a defect doesn’t suddenly cause you a problem. Have a good understanding of the Highway Code.
Lack of awareness and what can be done
Another cause of accidents, not just on the part of cyclists but on the part of drivers as well, is a lack of awareness of each other.
There are lots of cycle training schools that will teach you how to ride safer, teach you about being aware of others and some will teach you how to look after your cycle and accessories as well. Being trained to ride your cycle properly is a good idea, but what about the motorists out there who are blissfully unaware of anything on the road except themselves?
There is a school of thought that says learning to drive should not just be about handling a car, but should include cycle and motorbike training as well, more of a using the road test than a driving test. The thinking behind this is that drivers who do either cycle or ride a motorbike as well, are less likely to cause accidents with cycles or motorbikes, as they are so much more aware of the dangers of riding on two wheels.
So your cycle and equipment are in good order, you are wearing the correct protective clothing and you’ve done your cycle training, what if you still have an accident? Hopefully any injuries sustained will not be major, but whatever the case, you may need the help of a personal injury lawyer.
Accident Advice Helpline has experts to deal with your compensation claim. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone for free initial advice about your claim. Alternatively, you could complete our online 30-second test, which will give you an idea of the amount you may be awarded.
Date Published: 14th July 2013
Category: Cycling accident claim