Cycling accident claims
When representing someone involved in a cyclist accident, understanding cyclist behaviour is very important. Like all road users, cyclists must adhere to the law, but they are vulnerable and it helps to have an understanding of the types of issues that can cause or contribute to accidents. Both partners of the firm are keen road cyclists and have covered many miles between them, both in the UK and abroad. As such, our team has a unique understanding of cycling and cyclists.
“More and more people are starting to cycle to and from work or have rediscovered their love of cycling in their spare time. As a result of this we are seeing more cycling accidents. Our experience as cyclists means our understanding of these accidents is second to none.”
Russell Sutton, Serious Injury Solicitor, Senior Partner and cyclist.
It may be that you or someone you know has been involved in a cycling accident and you’re not sure what to do next. Cyclist accidents often result in serious injures as cyclists are very vulnerable to injury and we understand that.
If you are involved in an accident whist out on your bike, it is important that we gather as much information as possible at an early stage as this will help us can put your cycling accident claim together.
Important information includes the names of all parties involved, including any witnesses, photographs that may have been taken of the scene and any CCTV/Bus lane or Go Pro footage. If the police were called, you may well have the name of the attending officer and a reference number which will help us obtain a copy of any police report that may be available. The more information you provide the better.
Bikes and equipment can be very expensive. If you were riding a carbon fibre bike and you were involved in a collision, it is often unsafe to ride that bike again, despite the fact it may appear undamaged. This is because tiny cracks can have been caused to the carbon frame or forks. We would suggest you seek specialist advice on this before riding the bike again and keep photographs of any damage. Also, we advise you to keep the bike itself as insurers often want to inspect them before agreeing to any payout payout.
Similarly, helmets should not normally be used again after any impact so you should keep them available for inspection but not use them again even if they appear undamaged.
If you can provide receipts for damaged items, this helps but it is not essential.
Contact us and we can provide the relevant advice and guidance on your cycling accident claim and what you should do next.
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Establishing who was at fault in a cycling accident claim is very important. Cyclists can easily fall into blind spots of other vehicles, making them more vulnerable as road users and to serious cycling injuries. Our senior partners are both keen cyclists and understand too well the dangers cyclists face.
Our investigation will begin asking you or your representative to collect and supply as much information about the circumstances surrounding the accident as possible Please provide us with as much information as you can, even if you think it may not be relevant. We can then put your cycling accident claim together.
Getting you treatment or funding for rehabilitation
A high percentage of cycling accidents claims result in serious injuries, and we understand that compensation won’t be the first thing that is on your mind. That’s why we provide help and support to ensure you get back on your feet as soon as possible.
We’ll immediately start to put together an application to secure funding for any rehabilitation or treatment you may need. We have an experienced team, able to put together the most complex of care packages and this is often the most important issue to deal with at an early stage.
Securing early interim (advance) payments to cover any initial expenses or loss of earnings is also key and we understand that. Day to day expenses need to be met while you are recovering and knowing this is in hand will allow you to concentrate on getting better.
We will need to establish the specific details of your situation. We may ask you some of the following;
- Were you in the driver’s blind spot? and did they carry out full observations before manoeuvring?
- How was the other driver driving before the accident?
- Were there witnesses to the accident and did you collect their details?
- What do you think caused the accident?
- Where were you riding at the time of the incident?
- Do you have any footage of the accident? Go-pro?
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We understand that sometimes you just want to know if you have a claim or not, without having to speak to someone and relive the specifics of what happened. We’ve built our eligibility calculator to help you out. We don’t collect the details from this form unless you submit an enquiry and you’ll be able to get a good idea as to whether you have a claim or not from the result.
Once you’ve completed the questions and got your result, regardless of the answer you may still want to speak to a professional who may offer further advice or routes to success. If that’s the case you can start your cycling accident claim process today.
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We secured over 10 times what the insurers offered
How we secured over £100,000 in compensation for an injured cyclist
We acted for a forty year old man who was knocked off his bike on the way to work, resulting in him sustaining serious multiple fractures of his foot and ankle. We argued that as a result of the accident, he was going to face substantial problems in following his chosen career path as an IT Consultant due to ongoing future problems walking and standing.
He had a career plan which was to start working in London on a freelance basis but could not stand on busy trains, in and out of London. As a result, his future earnings were reduced significantly. The case was defended and legal papers issued and was eventually settled for a substantial 6 figure sum, ten times the figure initially offered by the insurers of the other party.
In situations like this it’s very important that you work with solicitors like us who have extensive experience of securing compensation and ongoing care for victims of serious accidents.