Bicycle accidents can happen whether you are riding a bicycle in the city or in the countryside. However, most bicycle accidents occur in urban areas and occur at T-junctions. In fact the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) reports that 75% of fatal or serious bicycle accidents happen in cities and towns. All it takes is a lapse of concentration or observation on the part of the rider or another road user and a cyclist can become seriously injured. Statistics report just over 100 deaths a year to occur in cycling accidents on UK roads but over 16,000 injuries a year due to cycling accidents. These figures only consider bicycle accidents which have been reported to the police so actual figures for injuries are estimated to be higher as not every accident which results in injury is reported to the police.
If you have been the victim of a cycling accident in which another road user’s negligence led to your injury you may wish to make a claim for compensation. First things first though, it is important you get yourself healthy. Your health is the number 1 priority following a cycling accident, but claiming for personal injury compensation from the negligent party should be priority number 2. A personal injury claim can be made up to 3 years from the accident date but it is best to make a claim sooner rather than later. This is because if you make a claim as soon as possible you will be able to recall the incident to the best of your ability. As part of your claim you will have to give an account of the accident, this may be verbal or written or both. You will also have to have your injuries assessed by a legal doctor. Again, if you claim as soon as possible following the incident your injuries will be at their most prominent and so an accurate assessment of the extent of your injuries will be made.
Contact a specialist cycling accident lawyer if you want to make a claim, and do it today. As it stands you can currently make a personal injury claim for no cost to yourself whatsoever. The law changes at the beginning of April which means the no-win-no-fee agreements which are currently available from most personal injury lawyers will no longer be available. No-win-no-fee means that you will pay nothing if your case is unsuccessful in court and you will also pay nothing if your course is successful in court, your fees will be recovered from the other side. Roskell Davies offer no-win-no-fee personal injury claims and offer all initial enquiries free of charge. Simply give us a call for free on 0800 142 2901 or fill in a quick online enquiry.