Cyclists are amongst the most vulnerable road user groups. This is because they are not protected by a vehicle body in the same way as an occupant of a car and are often more difficult for other drivers to see on the road. The Department of Transport statistics report that that there is “An average of 2 deaths and 60 serious injuries per week” due to accidents involving pedal cyclists in the UK.”
Per billion vehicle miles, 1,011 pedal cyclists are killed or
seriously injured, in comparison to 26 car drivers” – ROSPA.
When you or a loved one have been involved in an accident on a bicycle it can be daunting to know what to do next and how to seek compensation for your injuries, time off work and damage to your property.
This is where a specialist Solicitor experienced in making bicycle accident compensation claims can help, not only may you be entitled to compensation, but they can also assist in obtaining private medical treatment such as physiotherapy to assist with your recovery.
The first step is to make some notes about the accident site; the parties involved including any witnesses and take some photographs. Where there are injuries as a result of the accident, you should report this to the Police. It is particularly important that you ask for a police report to be filed if the driver has failed to stop i.e. a hit and run as this will be required in order to make an untraced driver claim.
If the accident was caused by a defect in the road it would be helpful for you to photograph the area as soon as possible after the accident, prior to any repair being undertaken.
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