Cycling has become very popular, and is a green and efficient way to get around. However, cyclists are very vulnerable to accidents on today’s busy roads, and these accidents can result in both serious injury and damage to your bicycle.
Injuries sustained can range from cuts and bruises to broken bones and severe head injuries. In some cases, victims can suffer from psychological problems and, in extreme circumstances, injuries can prove fatal.
Cyclists have a limited amount of protection when on the road and accidents usually occur when drivers are unable to see you on the road. However, there are a number of other circumstances that can result in an injury, including:
Damage to road surfaces (e.g. potholes and raised surfaces)
Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Faulty bicycle or repair
Weather, such as snow or ice
If an incident was caused by another person, you could be entitled to make a claim for the injuries sustained and the damage to the bicycle.
Make a claim today
At Lupton Fawcett, we have our own keen cyclists who specialise in dealing with cycling accident claims and can offer advice and guidance on the compensation process.
Financial support can be sought to cover any loss of earnings, medical treatment and extra costs, such as travel. In a recent case, we secured £87,000 in compensation for an injured cyclist.
Case study: cycle accident caused by a damaged service hatch
We were instructed in a claim against the Local Authority and a Telecommunications Company jointly for personal injury suffered when the Claimant cycled over a damaged service hatch on the public highway and was injured. Liability was admitted jointly by the defendants post-issue, but a dispute arose in the medical evidence over the extent of injury prevailing and whether or not there was a chronic pain issue. The case involved an appeal against a case management decision but unfortunately, the Claimant was unable to adduce evidence of the pain condition. The Defendant sought to raise credibility issues late in the day, but a settlement was eventually agreed on an economic basis - agreed settlement £10,000.
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