Injury lawyers in Walworth
In May 2013, The City of Westminster Council found that drivers were responsible for 68% of collisions between cyclists and motor vehicles on its roads over the previous year. Cyclists were at fault for only 20% of all vehicular/push bike smashes.
Although the percentages are likely to look very different in other parts of the country due to the unique nature of London’s roads, evidence suggests that many accidents between motorised vehicles and bikes occur because drivers are not looking out for cyclists.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident that was not your fault that involved a vehicle hitting you while you were out on your bike, it will be important to realise that your conduct could have an impact on the amount of money any injury lawyers were to win on your behalf, even if it can be proved that the accident was largely the fault of the driver.
Cycling accidents and contributory negligence
The injury lawyers in Walworth representing the negligent party you’re trying to sue might try to argue that while the accident was caused by his client, your behaviour contributed to the severity of your injuries. If he argues this successfully, your damages could be reduced. Say for example you were listening to music through a pair of headphones at the time of your accident. Your opponent’s solicitor could argue that this would have made you less aware of what was happening around you and less likely to be able to respond to an emergency.
Your opponent’s representative might also be able to argue that you were at least partly responsible for your injuries if you were cycling in a vehicle’s blind spot or were not wearing a cycle helmet at the time you were injured. You might also find that a court may reduce your compensation if you were under the influence of drink or drugs at the time that you were hurt.
Accident Advice Helpline
Regardless of whether the person who hit you may be able to use their injury lawyers Walworth solicitor to argue that you were partly at fault for the severity of your injuries, it might still be worth contacting a 100% no win-no fee injury lawyers in Walworth such as Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) to find out exactly where you stand.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 25th November 2013
Author: David Brown