Collisions between vehicles and bicycles can cause serious injuries to a cyclist. When you’ve been hurt as a result of a cycling accident where someone else is fully or partially to blame, you may have the right to claim compensation.
Compensation may include:
- Personal injuries
- Damage to property including cycle repairs
- Loss of earnings
- Treatment Costs (past and potential future treatment)
- Medical care and prescriptions
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents confirms that in 2016, 18,477 cyclists were injured in reported road accidents in the UK of which 3,499 were killed or seriously injured. Many accidents are not reported to the police, while others cause more serious injuries and, in the worst circumstances, fatalities.
It has been established that per one billion vehicle miles, 1,011 pedal cyclists are killed or seriously injured in comparison to only 26 car drivers.
Their investigations found that 75% happen at, or near, a road junction.
How to Claim
We will intimate the details of your cycling accident claim as quickly as possible after the accident. We will gather all details of your losses, and any documents that we need to prove your case as well as contacting witnesses as soon as possible. The details of the accident and injury will be sent to the insurance company who represents the person at fault.
There are many factors to be considered when determining the amount of compensation to be awarded in a personal injury claim. In a particularly serious incident, there can be severe head injuries leading to brain damage. Neck and spine injuries can cause paralysis. Even more minor injuries such as broken bones, cuts and lacerations can be extremely painful and can make everyday life difficult, even if only for a short period.
The nature of the accident and the seriousness of the injuries are the main factors, but a court may also consider others such as whether you were partially to blame for what happened. This doesn’t mean that you can’t claim compensation, but the amount may be lower if you were at fault in some way that contributed to the accident.
Some motor insurers will often to try settle your injury claim directly with you and this can mean that you can receive less compensation than you should. If we represent you we will advise you appropriately should this happen.
Jackson Boyd Lawyers are highly experienced in handling cycling accident claims, and we do all we can to secure maximum compensation for you. If you have been involved in an accident whilst cycling contact us online or call 0333 222 1855 to speak to a member of our specialist team.