The huge growth in cycle ownership in the UK has seen millions of us enjoy the health benefits of fresh air and regular exercise, but it has also meant an increase in the number of folk risking serious injury, and death, in a cycling accident.
In 2016, there were over 18,477 reported accidents involving cyclists. 102 were killed (two deaths every week) and 3397 cyclists were seriously injured. The great majority of those killed in a cycling accident had suffered head injuries.
How to avoid an accident
There are a number of ways to reduce the risk of a cycling accident:
- Keep a proper lookout
You should be constantly assessing potential danger, that way you have a greater chance of being able to react to hazards before they become an accident. Road junctions are particularly dangerous so take extra care.
- Be seen – Be safe
The most common defence by car and lorry drivers is “I didn’t see him”. By enhancing your own presence in the road, you will significantly increase the chances of being seen. Brightly coloured lycra may not be your thing but you can just as easily wear inexpensive reflective material and also, put your lights on in daylight. More people are killed and seriously injured during the day than at night.
- Be predictable
Cycle in a way that other road users can predict your behaviour. This will reduce your chances of being hit by a motorist. If you break the law by running a red light, or weave between traffic and fail to signal, you can be found to be contributory negligent for your accident and injuries and it can significantly reduce any compensation. You could even lose your case.
Can I claim?
Claiming and receiving compensation for your injuries is not a lottery win. It is your right to claim compensation to try to put you back together again and we provide first class specialist legal advice and support all along the way.
What will it cost me?
Many law firms will offer you a no-win-no fee agreement for your cycling accident claim, but they will also routinely charge you a success fee at the end of your case, regardless of the prospects, which can amount to £’000s taken off your compensation. We don’t charge you for an initial fact-finding consultation. We will carry out a careful risk assessment as to the prospects in your case and if you are blameless for your accident and injuries, we will offer you a no-win-no fee agreement with a zero-success fee. It is rare for us to ask a seriously injured client to make a contribution toward their legal fees.
Reach out to us if you have any questions.
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