Cycling is becoming ever more popular in the U.K. Many cities have constructed bicycle lanes to make it easier for cyclists to get from one place to another. However, it is still permissible for cyclists to travel on roads, and motorists must not do anything to compromise their safety. City councils must also do their part to ensure that roads are clear of any obstructions that may lead to a cycling accident
If you have been injured, you may have the right to cycling accident claim compensation. You should speak to a cycling accident solicitor to review your options.
The most common causes of cycling accidents are:
-Reckless and negligent driving by motorists
-Potholes and road defects
-The opening of car doors
Recent statistics state that nearly 18,500 cyclists are injured in road traffic accidents every year in the UK. Many of these accidents go unreported, and some of them have led to serious injuries and fatalities.
You should always report a cycling accident. And it is your right to file a compensation claim if you have been injured in one.
Being on a bicycle puts you in a position of extreme vulnerability. You have little to no protection at all in a collision or a violent fall to the ground. Bicycle accidents typically cause injury to the upper and lower extremities. Minor injuries such as contusions, abrasions, lacerations, strains, and fractures are common. You may even suffer road rash, in which debris from the road is deeply buried in your skin causing severe injury.
Head injury is another common and serious injury caused in a cycling accident. It accounts for 22% to 47% of all cycling injuries. It can lead to long-term disabilities and a lifetime of pain and discomfort. While the latter outcome is a possibility, even a smaller head injury such as a concussion can leave you incapacitated for a time.
The first step is to speak to a cycling accident solicitor. You should do this as soon as possible. If your bicycle accident has put you in the hospital, then you can wait until you are conscious and clear-headed before you contact a lawyer.
When you reach a solicitor to make a cycling accident compensation claim. The first thing they will do is assess the cause of the accident and the level of injuries you have sustained. This will help them determine if you actually have a case against another party. They will advise you correctly once they have reviewed the preliminary facts surrounding the accident.
There is no set amount for a cycling accident claim. The figure takes into account the severity of your injuries and the financial losses you have sustained. These are some of the specific factors that your cycling accident lawyer will look at:
-The seriousness of your physical and mental injuries
-The costs of your current and future medical care, including any life-long care you may require
-Income that you have lost or will lose through work absence or unemployment
-Costs of home renovations required as a result of your injury
-Damage to your bike and other valuables that you were carrying at the time of accident such as laptop, mobile phone etc.
Our cycling accident solicitor can provide you with the expertise and support required to build a legal case against the party whose negligence or recklessness led to the accident, and get you the settlement you deserve.
Your lawyer will collect and review video evidence, forensic evidence, and witness statements to prove that the other party was at fault for the accident and is therefore liable for your injuries. In most instances, this is enough to pressure them into offering a settlement that is fair and adequate.
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