Cycling is a hugely popular activity. If there's a downside to bike riding, it relates to the fact that cyclists are rightly classed as 'vulnerable road users'. As such they are always at risk of being involved in road traffic collisions with motorists and of sustaining some very nasty injuries if should that happen.
Cyclists who get injured in cycling accidents that weren't their fault will often seek legal advice from a specialist cycling accident solicitor. This may lead to them making a bicycle accident injury compensation claim.
A recent article by The Guardian have reported that cyclists could be made to have registration plates and insurance as ministers weigh up bringing speed limits for cyclists into line with those for drivers.
The latest annual cycling accident statistics revealed that 99 cyclists were killed in road accidents, 4106 were seriously injured and 13,345 received less serious injuries, in 2018. Along with pedestrians and motorcyclists, cyclists have much higher casualty rates per mile travelled than other road users i.e. than motorised four-wheeled road users.
Cyclists are considered vulnerable road users because they are harder to see and because they travel at slower speeds than motorists.
A lot of drivers lose patience when in the vicinity of cyclists. This can lead to them overtaking cyclists when it isn't safe to do so. Sometimes when doing this, they will collide with the cyclist.
Road traffic accidents that would be considered as minor collisions, if they involved two motor vehicles, suddenly become serious accidents when one of the parties to the accident is a cyclist.
If another person or authority was at fault for your cycling accident, then you'll be entitled to claim for your bicycle accident injuries and other losses.
Cycling accidents can involve serious injuries. It's important that you consult with specialist personal injury solicitors like the ones at Spencers solicitors. We will make sure that you receive the full amount of cycling accident compensation you are entitled to. When dealing with your claim, we will make sure all your recovery needs are addressed and that you receive compensation for all losses incurred.
With our expert cycling accident knowledge and personal injury claim expertise, we can ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation. This will include damages for your cycling accident injuries. We will also ensure that all your medical treatment and other losses are fully recompensed. We'll do this by working together with the right medical experts who will assess your injuries and prepare medical reports to support your claim.
Spencers cycling accident solicitors are just a phone call away on 08000 93 00 94. Call now for a free initial discussion about your potential cycling accident claim.
Rule 163 of the Highway Code states that motorists should:
"Give cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car."
Many motorists lose patience and try to overtake cyclists when it isn’t risk-free to do so. This can often cause them to leave insufficient room when trying to pass the cyclist. Errors of judgment when overtaking bicycles can cause cycling accidents that result in injury to the cyclist. Many serious injury claims are made as a result of cyclists being injured by overtaking motorists travelling too close to them motorist travelling too close to the bike
A common cause of cycling accidents is when a motorist pulls out of a T junction into the path of a cyclist riding along the more major road. Cyclists are harder to see than motor vehicles. Almost 2/3 of cyclists killed or seriously injured every year are involved in road traffic accidents that take place at or near to road junctions.
Roundabouts can be very hazardous for cyclists. The difference between the speed of motorists and cyclists becomes really apparent at roundabouts.
Motorists tend to nip onto roundabouts quickly and make their exits quickly too. The slower moving cyclist may be vulnerable to these quick, sudden movements by motorists. It's easy for motorists to lose sight of cyclists in blind spots during the course of manoeuvring around a roundabout.
Accidents can be caused by vehicles who park in a cycle lane, meaning that cyclists have to pull out into the main section of the road. Cycle lane accidents can be caused by taxis or other motorists stopping to drop off passengers and then swiftly pulling away again, without looking properly.
Potholes are the bane of all motorists lives these days. However, for cyclists, they can represent something far more serious. When a cyclist rides over a road defect, they can be thrown onto the road surface at great speed. This can lead to them sustaining very serious injuries.
Pothole claims are often vigorously defended by the authority responsible for maintaining the roads. That will be the Highway Authority or the local council/authority.
The size of the defect in the road is relevant to whether there may be a reasonable chance of making a successful claim or not. So too is whether the authority already knew about the defect or not and how frequently the roads were inspected too.
For these reasons, it is advisable to contact an expert cycling accident solicitor, if you are thinking about claiming compensation by making a pothole accident claim.
It's a good idea to get someone to take photos of the defect as soon after the accident as possible. Ask them to take some measurements of its depth and surface size too. This could help your case if you decide to make a pothole accident claim.
It's a sad fact of life that there are motorists who collide with cyclists and then fail to stop after the accident. There is no excuse for causing an accident and then fleeing the scene. Nevertheless, plenty of people do.
Likewise, there are still many people driving around our roads whilst uninsured.
What happens if you are injured in a cycling accident caused by an untraced driver or an uninsured driver?
If you are injured in a 'hit and run' accident, or one caused by an uninsured motorist, it is still possible to make a claim for personal injury resulting from that accident.
Fortunately, there is a body known as the MIB (Motor Insurers Bureau). The MIB was set up for the purpose of compensating the victims of hit and run drivers and of uninsured drivers too.
The MIB will step in and in effect take the place of an insurance company. There are different procedures for making a claim depending on whether your claim is against an untraced or an uninsured driver.
Seeking legal advice from an experienced cycling accident claim solicitor is especially important when you've been injured in a road traffic accident that was caused by an untraced driver or an uninsured driver.
Spencers solicitors have many years of experience of dealing with cycling accident claims where the involvement of the MIB is necessary. Our bicycle accident claims specialist solicitor, Steve Barke will be pleased to take your call on 08000 93 00 94.
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Cyclists are at risk of suffering any type of injury when they have a cycling accident. At best, most cyclists only have the limited protection provided by a cycling helmet, if indeed they wear one.
Spencers solicitors have dealt with some very serious injury claims on behalf of cyclists. These can include:
At the other end of the severity scale, cyclists frequently suffer cuts, bruises and concussion in cycling accidents.
The amount of compensation that cyclists can expect to recover when making a personal injury claim very much depends on the severity of the injuries they sustain.
Damages (compensation) for pain and suffering, will range from a few hundred pounds up to hundreds of thousands of pounds.
In catastrophic injury cases, damages can run into a seven-figure sum.
As well as claiming for personal injury following a cycling accident, there will also be financial losses to consider. When making a bike accident claim on your behalf we take all financial losses into consideration, including:
Make a note of the accident circumstances, to include:
Whether you cycle to work, are an avid mountain biker or ride only as a leisure activity, we believe you should be able to pursue cycling in a safe environment.
Spencers Solicitors have long campaigned for changes in the law to improve cycling safety as well as to raise public awareness of cycling casualties on our roads. We have some tips for keeping safe whilst out cycling, in our comprehensive cycling safety article.
If you would like to find out more about making a bicycle accident claim on a no win no fee basis, the first thing to do is contact us. It's free and you're not obliged to start your claim with Spencers, after talking with us. Naturally, we do hope you'll choose Spencers, but we won't put any pressure on you.
You'll get straight through to one of our team. By listening carefully to you they will be able to identify your needs and assign a bicycle accident lawyer best suited to meeting them.
We're keen to help you start your bike accident claim. We believe that talking to us will be the first step in securing bicycle compensation and ensuring that you get the compensation that you deserve.