Cyclists are vulnerable road users who fare badly in accidents. You are 15 times more likely to be killed on Britain’s roads if you ride a bike than if you drive a car. That is the stark and sobering reality revealed by the Government’s road safety statistics.
In 2016, 18,477 cyclists were injured in road accidents – and that’s just the ones reported to the police. Of those, 3,499 were killed or seriously injured.
“Thank you Andrew, what can I say? Just knowing that my family are now financially secure is such a huge relief. Thank you so much for being there for us. I’m so glad I found you.” DP, July 2018
“One of the biggest problems we face as cyclists is that many other road users see us as an inconvenience and assume that their journey or manoeuvre takes precedence over a cyclist” says Andrew. “Being squeezed off the road or cut up by drivers is par for the course, even just on the way to work in the morning. It’s an attitude we typically encounter after a cyclist has been seriously injured; the suggestion that it was all or largely the cyclist’s fault.”
The reality is that there are far more disputes on liability in accidents involving cyclists than in other types of accident on the road.
“I’m not suggesting for one moment that cyclists are never in the wrong” says David, “but in my experience cyclists on the whole tend to be very sensible and have their wits about them on the road. After all, one lapse of concentration or a moment’s poor judgement and it’s really going to hurt. Often, when a cyclist describes to me how their accident happened, I can picture myself in that exact same situation. I really believe that makes it easier for me than a non-cyclist to anticipate and head off potential arguments on liability.”
It’s not just motorists
Of course, motor vehicles are not the only cause or contributing factor to cycling accidents. Pot holes, gravel and other defects on or in the road surface are another big problem. David and Andrew estimate that approximately one in four of their cycle accident enquiries are potential claims against the Highway Authority.
In addition, they have successfully represented cyclists injured by ‘car dooring’, hit and run incidents, poorly serviced bicycles and distracted pedestrians.
“David, thank you so much for your support through this very difficult time for my whole family. You really do have an amazing ability to explain things in a way that ordinary people can understand and that has helped us so much in making the decision we have.” TH, September 2017
What is the first step for making a cycling accident compensation claim?
Our specialist cycling lawyers are well placed to quickly assess the merits of your cycling accident compensation claim on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. Why not call Andrew or David on 01225 462871 for an initial informal discussion?
Alternatively, complete the contact form at the bottom of this page and they will contact you.
How is my compensation calculated?
Calculating the total amount of your compensation can be a very involved process. The most important factor is protecting you for the future. Further information about how compensation is calculated is available here.
Are there any time limits?
The law does provide time limits for bringing a personal injury claim. Further information about them is available here
Can I change solicitor?
If you’re unhappy with your solicitor you really aren’t alone. Believe it or not, many of our clients begin their claims with other law firms before becoming disillusioned with their poor levels of service and/or lack of knowledge and understanding of their condition. We are experts in turning claims around.
Further information about changing solicitor is available here.
How can I fund my personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim can be funded in a number of ways. It’s all about finding the method of funding that’s right for you.
Further information about funding a personal injury claim, including No Win / No Fee, is available here.