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Bike accident claims

Cycling is one of the most popular ways of everyday commute. It is considered healthy as it keeps as fit, enables us to breathe some fresh air before getting stuck in the office and is cheaper than paying high public transport fees. Cycling is good for the environment and quite often quicker than being stuck in standstill traffic if you drive a car. All of the advantages explain why some 13 million people in the UK choose cycling as their way of exercising and commuting. Unfortunately cycling as any other means of transport brings with it some dangers such as being involved in road traffic accidents. Cyclists are much more vulnerable than other road users and are most likely to incur an injury after a collision with larger vehicles or motorbikes.

What is an accident claim?

If you have been involved in a bike accident which was not your fault and you suffered an injury as a result you might be entitled to compensation to reimburse your pain, suffering as well as financial implications of your injuries.

Types of accidents

Your claim will vary depending on the type of accident you were involved in. The main types of accidents are as follows:

  • Hit and run, where, as a cyclist, you have been a victim of dangerous or careless driving and suffer injury as a result of being hit by a motor vehicle where the responsible driver does not stop after the collision takes place.
  • Motor accidents, where you have been involved in a collision with a motor vehicle and suffer injury as a consequence
  • Accidents resulting from a poor maintenance of the road surface, such as falling off your bike after cycling into a pothole
  • Accidents resulting from a collision with another cyclist or road user

If you incur an injury during a collision with another driver or cyclist as a result of their negligence you can claim compensation from their insurance company or the cyclists directly. The situation is different if the accident was a result of poor maintenance of the road. In those circumstances you can claim compensation against the local authority responsible for the maintenance of the roads in the area the accident took place.

How to make a claim

Depending on the circumstances of your accident, it might be a good idea to instruct a solicitor to receive the best legal advice. A lawyer with expertise in accident claims will guide you through filling out the compensation claim form and advise you on the next steps of the process.

What to include in the claim

Your claim should include some details necessary to describe the accident such as:

  • Description of the place of the accident, which makes it possible to identify
  • Time and date of the accident
  • Personal details of those involved
  • Description of what has happened as well as
  • Description of the vehicles or bicycles involved
  • Present photographs if any were taken
  • Details of the police or other services attending the scene of the accident

It might be difficult to remember some of the details of the accident after a while and it is advisable that you make the necessary notes as soon as possible after the incident occurred while the events are still fresh in your memory. If your injuries are serious and the matter is more complex you might have to include medical evidence to support your claim.

The amount of compensation

How much you receive in compensation depends on the seriousness and complexity of your injuries as well as your financial situation before the accident and what impact the accident had on your life. The sum of money received aims to compensate for your pain and suffering as well as any damage to your bicycle and reimbursement of any medical costs.

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