As with car users who’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t their fault, cyclists are also eligible to claim compensation. It’s important to choose a solicitor who specialises in cycle accident claims, as they’ll understand the trauma you’ve suffered and help the process run smoothly.
Cycling is becoming a much more popular pastime, especially with the success of British competitors in the Olympics and Tour de France. With more cyclists on the road, this ultimately leads to more accidents. Often this is due to other road users being unaware of the cyclist or unsure what they were doing. However, it could also be caused by animals veering into the path of the cyclist or damage to the road surface, such as potholes. Whatever the cause of the accident, if it wasn’t your fault, you’re entitled to claim compensation.
Why choose a bike accident solicitor?
A bike claim solicitor can be a valuable asset when claiming for injuries or damage sustained in an accident. You will often have specific needs, which differ from those of a car driver. The solicitor could help with the cost of recovering, storing and repairing your bike, ensuring that you’re back on the road as soon as possible. They can also assist with claiming back the full cost of the equipment if it’s uneconomical to repair it.
Cyclists aren’t as protected as drivers of other vehicles, so there’s a greater likelihood of them sustaining injuries in an accident. There are no airbags or other safety features to protect them and they rely solely on their clothing and equipment. The extent of the injuries suffered in an accident will vary, but could range from minor wounds, sprains and fractures through to more serious head injuries and amputations. By using a specialist solicitor, you can quickly get the right medical treatment and deal with the costs of rehabilitation or physiotherapy if required.
However you’ve been injured in an accident, it’s likely to have had a significant impact on your life. It might have been necessary for you to take time off work, reducing your income for a period of time or the extent of your injuries might have led to depression or other mental health issues. Whatever the circumstances, you need the claims process to be as smooth and straightforward as possible. A bike accident solicitor will understand the legal process inside out and help you navigate through it without any hassle.
When you are injured in a cycling accident, it’s not just your injuries and the damage to your bike that need taken into consideration. Hopefully you’ll have been wearing protective equipment, which may well have been damaged in the impact. As part of the claims process, your solicitor will be able to claim for the costs of replacing these items if necessary.
A specialist cycling claims solicitor can be an extremely valuable asset when you’ve had an accident on your bike. If you think that you’re entitled to make a claim, they can help you to get the maximum amount of compensation you’re entitled to.