Cycling Injury Compensation Claims
Although the majority of cyclists take their safety on the road seriously, it is usually other negligent drivers/pedestrians or even poor road quality that are the main causes of people falling off their bicycles and obtaining injuries.
A survey carried out by the British Social Attitudes research group found that in the UK last year, there were approximately 1.9 million people aged over 18 who cycle every day and 2.9 million who cycle from 2 to 5 days every week. This gives us an idea of the heightened possibility of a cycling accident occurring.
With this in mind, it has been reported by the RoSPA that an average of around 3,000 cyclists are either severely injured or killed in Britain annually. In 2016, the total number of adult cyclists slightly injured, seriously hurt or killed was 16,496.
Numbers have not yet been reported for 2017, but it is likely that the figures of accidents or deaths will have increased, with the rising number of cyclists on the road and the efforts put in to accommodate for them on most roads.
Making a claim for a non-fault cycling injury
If you were to suffer from an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, it could be that you are unable to work due to recovering from any injuries or from any ongoing health problems. This could lead to a loss of earnings and/or the onset of other expenses, not forgetting the emotional and psychological strains that it could bring.
Many cyclists involved in accidents resulting in such losses have made claims for:
- Being injured due to drivers failing to notice them (usually on roundabouts or during left-hand turns).
- Pedestrians failing to be diligent when crossing the road and stepping out in front of them.
- Drivers misusing the cycling lanes.
- Falling off their bicycles due to poor road maintenance, such as potholes.
If you feel that you have been involved in a situation similar to one of the above, getting in touch with the right people as soon as possible would be the right step. A compensation claim could help you cover any medical care costs or other financial losses you might have incurred due to the accident.
A cycling injury claim needs to be submitted within 3 years of the accident. Having said this, if the claim is to be made by a parent or guardian for a child who was injured, then this does not apply; compensation can be claimed at any time before they turn 18. On turning 18, the child is then able to start making a claim themselves, having until their 21st birthday to do so.
The more evidence you provide in proving the non-fault cycling accident, the higher the chance of achieving a successful claim. However, if the party responsible for your accident is either uninsured or you and your solicitor are unable to trace who it was that caused your accident, it could still be possible to put a claim forward, so get in touch with Accident Line Direct today to find out more information.
Risk-free ‘No Win No Fee’ personal injury claims
The No Win No Fee policy came into force in 1995 and has led to many successful, straightforward injury claims cases since then. Many are impressed by how quickly and smoothly the process can go when having a NWNF solicitor to help you every step of the way.
Many have received compensation within 6 months of submitting the claim and have not ended up spending money from their own pocket. Any legal fees are usually paid by the opposing side if they lose their case.
Those looking into taking their case to Court independently, without a NWNF solicitor, find that there are too many upfront costs. There is a greater financial risk of losing your case and many cannot afford it.
Something to bear in mind with the No Win No Fee policy is that, understandably, personal injury lawyers will only take on strong cases; those likely to win and guarantee that the lawyer is paid. Having said this, many solicitors will provide a free initial evaluation of your case, meaning that the Claimant is not out of pocket either way. On agreeing with the ‘success fee’ that your personal injury lawyer will charge you, make sure that you are certain about why it is set at that particular level; it could be that it is higher because of your case being substantially risky.
Accident Line Direct
If you have been in a cycling accident and have sustained injuries due to someone’s negligent behaviour out on the road, then contact Accident Line Direct today for advice on what to do next. Or if you would like to find out more about our ‘No Win No Fee’ operated claims process, our dedicated team of experienced advisors are on hand to answer any questions you may have.