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Bicycle Accident Claims

Bicycle Accident Compensation Claims

The dangers of cycling on British roads

There is various mode of transport such as cars, bicycle, bus, etc. But the bicycle is relatively inexpensive, the bicycle is good for the environment and it keeps you fit as you travel around. Indeed, many people throughout the UK choose to cycle as much for pleasure as for necessity and seek to introduce the habit to their children at the earliest opportunity

 There’s no way of getting around the fact that cycling on the same roads used by a host of motor vehicles can be a dangerous concept. The risk is high by other road users’ often reckless attitude towards cyclists, by cyclists’ occasional lack of visibility, and by the breakability of a cyclist in the event of any kind of accident.

In 2018 figures indicating that 17,550 cyclists were injured in reported accidents during the year, with 4,106 being seriously injured whilst 99 were sadly killed.

Whilst the upsides of riding a bike are clear and to be cheer, the risks inherent in the activity are such that the Department for Transport commissioned a report triggered by a cover over the rising number of killed or seriously injured whilst riding a bicycle on the road. The report sought to establish the causes of such incidents, and the findings firmly established that most of the danger facing cyclists can be traced to the behavior of other road users:

A large portion of the clash took place at road junctions, and, where another vehicle was involved, the driver's‘ failure to look properly’ was reported as being a key factor in almost 60% of serious collisions.

Cyclists are at big risk of being killed whilst riding on rural roads, and the higher the speed limit, the greater the injury comfort was likely to be.

HGVs pose a particular risk for cyclists, being involved in 18% of deadly accidents.

The police felt that the key factor in the clash involving HGVs included the ‘vehicle blind spot’ and ‘driving too close to the cyclist’. In many cases, the clash involved an HGV turning left whilst the cyclist was traveling straight ahead.

The risk to cyclists posed by the careless behavior of other vehicles is something that doesn’t look set to reduce any time in the immediate future. In 2018 there were 38.2 million licensed vehicles on British roads, an increase of 1.2 percent on the previous year.

Injuries during bicycle accidents

The fact that cycling can be risky as the attitude of other road users is intensified by the nature of the injuries often force upon those involved in accidents. According to figures by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, 40% of cyclists in road accidents suffer injuries to their arms, and 25% to their legs. Chest and abdomen injuries are rare, at 5%, but also serious, whilst, according to hospital data, 40% of cyclists and 45% of child cyclists suffer head injuries.

Such injuries can be life-changing, and compensation may well be required not only in acknowledgment of the personal injuries you’ve suffered but also to fund the cost of ongoing care, medical treatment, and lost savings.

Claiming compensation for a bicycle accident injury

You may well be in a position to make a claim for compensation if you’re a cyclist who’s unlucky enough to be involved in an accident of this kind. It wasn’t your fault, if you’ve been injured and it then it is completely unfair to expect you to have to carry the burden of this injury entirely on your own. Even a ‘minor’ accident can result in long term pain, distress, and expense, both direct and indirect.

If this accident was brought about by the carelessness of another party – if a driver failed to spot your bike at a junction, for example, or a lorry turns left in front without looking – then it’s wrong that you should be left to get on with recovering entirely under your own steam, and a successful compensation claim can go some way towards reducing this unfairness.

Men are more effect a bicycle accident – 80% of victims are male.

Why start a claim

It is not about cashing in on your accident, or punishing the other party when making a claim for compensation. It’s about goodness and ensuring that have suffered as a result of the original incident, you don’t have to carry on suffering into the future. The bicycle accident in question wasn’t your fault, and that it resulted in you suffering a personal injury to make a successful claim.

If you feel that you can make a claim call free on 0203 603 7712 and speak to a trained legal adviser. They’ll help you and take all the details of your accident and give you an honest and clear approval as to whether you’re in a position to make a claim or not. If you wish to proceed, they can put you in touch with an expert bicycle injury lawyer, working on a no win no fee basis. You can trust them to be utterly honest in their analysis of your claim. They will only take only those cases which they’re confident of winning

 No win no fee means you don’t have to pay any legal fees upfront, even if you do not win your case.

How much compensation will be awarded?

Any payment you’re seeking will be based on several factors if you do claim for compensation. The first and most obvious of these is the pain and distress, both physically and mentally, that the accident has put you through. Any compensation awarded for this will be calculated on the basis of the type of accident and the severity of your injuries.

You’ll be able to claim expenses for an accident. Expenses can include travel costs, medical bills, the costs of repairing or replacing your bike and other equipment, and any other money which you would not have had to spend if the accident hadn’t happened. Your case will be strong and chances of success are high if you have any receipts for such expenses.

You’ve every right to make compensation to minimize the negative ramifications for an event if you’ve been injured because of someone else fault. Call a legal adviser and give them all the necessary details as you can and they’ll work on your behalf.