You could be out enjoying a cycle ride on a lovely sunny day, riding your bicycle on the roads around Portlethen, when a car approaching you seems to be a bit far over. Worried you will be hit by it, you move over slightly. There is a huge pothole and it is too late to avoid it. You are off your bicycle, it is mangled, and you have some aches and pains.
The driver stops thankfully, but you are injured and in the middle of the lane causing an obstruction, so he calls the police. He also has the forethought to take pictures of the pothole, your bike and you in a heap on the floor on his mobile phone – just the right thing to do. These pictures could be very useful when you are making a personal injury claim with an injury lawyer in Portlethen.
Your injuries and your injury lawyer in Portlethen
When the police arrive, they complete an accident report. It is very important they do this, so make sure they do if you are in any fit state to do so. If you are able, make sure you get the name and address of the driver – he was the only witness after all, and seems to be a reliable person who will help. The police will probably arrange for an ambulance to get you checked out at the hospital, and you may be surprised with X-rays and tests at just how bad your injuries are.
Contacting an injury lawyer in Portlethen
When you are over the shock, sitting at home, leg in plaster, bandaged head which aches like you have never known, you should ring Accident Advice Helpline and talk to us about making a personal injury compensation claim.
Accident Advice Helpline will talk you through what happened, how badly injured you are and how badly damaged your bicycle is. As this was what we call a solo event, you being the only person involved in the accident, you are our only concern, and we will need to make sure your compensation claim is maximised by claiming for:
- The pain and suffering your injuries are causing;
- The anxiety and stress it has caused;
- The cost of replacing your bicycle and any accessories; and
- Loss of earnings from taking time off work.
Your personal injury claim will be sent to the authority that should have repaired that pothole. In most cases, it is the local authority that are responsible for maintaining the roads, repairing potholes and making sure there are no dangerous road surfaces, and this is where Accident Advice Helpline would send your claim. They will have public liability insurance for such incidents, and it will be the insurance company that pays you.
Get in touch today
The sooner you speak to Accident Advice Helpline on our freephone number 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993, the sooner we can start making your personal injury compensation claim for you.
Date Published: 22nd October 2013
Author: David Brown