bike accident claims
If you have been injured in a bike accident we know how difficult it can be to cope on your own. The injury itself will be causing you pain and suffering but it can also place limitations on your lifestyle. In addition you may also be suffering from a loss of income which can add further strain to your situation.
Our specialist cycling accident solicitors can help you with everything, from claiming for your personal injury and your losses, such as loss of earnings and travel expenses, to arranging private medical treatment and rehabilitation to assist in your recovery and get your life back on track. Pursuing compensation for your cycle accident is not something you have to do on your own, you need specialist advice. Trust us to help you.
About cycling accident injury claims
Being involved in a bike accident can be a very frightening experience as unlike car accidents, cyclists are often exposed and this can lead to them suffering very serious and life changing injuries. Cycling has also become more popular over recent years although the number of motor vehicles on the roads has increased too. This means that despite cyclists wearing helmets, bright clothing and putting better lights on the bikes, more bike accidents are happening.
A personal injury claim is not only there to cover the physical harm that has been done but also to cover any damage that has been done to your personal property including:
If your bike is damaged then it may require repairs or, depending on the severity of the damage and the age of the bike, it may be deemed a write off. Although hire vehicles are not available in such cases the cost of the repairs or of purchasing a new bike will be claimed against the insurance company of the person at fault.
Cyclists often carry any number of personal belongings with them, particularly if they are commuting to work. This often includes expensive equipment such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and MP3 players. Other items that are often damaged as a result of an accident include jewellery, helmets and clothing, all of which will be covered by your compensation claim.
Common Causes of Cycling Accidents
There are many different circumstances in which cyclists are injured on the road and our experienced solicitors can help you with a wide range of bike accident claims such as:
- Being knocked off your bike
- Pedestrians stepping into the road
- Vehicles pulling out on you
- Vehicles changing lanes on you
- Vehicles moving into your space
- Rear end collisions
- Car doors being opened into your path
- Potholes and poor road maintenance
About Cycling Accidents & Injuries
The majority of serious collisions involving cyclists happen at, or near, junctions such as round-a-bouts or T-junctions, which are particularly hazardous. Understandably, the severity of the injuries sustained by cyclists increases with a road’s speed limit , so higher speed roads including many rural roads see more serious or fatal injuries.
Approximately 80% of accidents involving cyclists occur in the daylight, when most people travel on their bikes, although accidents in the dark are more likely to result in a fatality.
The most common injuries sustained by cyclists on the road include:
It is more common for cyclists to injure their arms than their legs but both are extremely common injuries including breaks, fractures and strains. Although most injuries of this nature are not permanent there can be considerable pain, inconvenience and financial damage in the event of long recovery periods and complications.
Chest & Abdomen Injuries
These injuries can be extremely serious and are often accompanied by head injuries. Blunt trauma to the abdomen can occur from the bike’s handlebars, and can cause internal organ injuries. Similar harm can result if a cyclist is hit by a car door or thrown from the bike and subsequently injured by the wheels of a car.
These include everything from minor cuts and concussion to brain damage and fatal skull fractures. Often the most serious are those known as closed head injuries, where there are no visible wounds. Often caused by a violent blow or impact to the head, these injuries can cause the greatest amount of damage to the brain often resulting in paralysis or cognitive problems.
Injuries include bruising, lacerations, soft tissue damage and fractures. In the most serious of cases, surgery may be required including skin grafts and reconstructive surgery.
Expert Bicycle Accident & Cycling Injury Claims Lawyers
Many law firms now use teams of unqualified fee earners to deal with personal injury claims, who don’t have the level of expertise and knowledge you should expect from your legal team. You won’t know who is handling your claim and your compensation award could be put at risk.
You need a dedicated personal injury solicitor with a thorough knowledge of how insurance companies operate who can successfully navigate the claims process including the potential pitfalls and obstacles.
Widely recognised as the leading personal injury lawyers cross North Wales and Cheshire, PSR Solicitors are an exceptional team of legal professionals who can secure the very best financial package and care plan for your recovery and rehabilitation. We will:
- Help you to establish the fault of the driver and will work to build a thorough and effective compensation claim.
- Work tirelessly to secure all of the compensation you deserve to cover the best medical care, specialist equipment, modifications to your home and to protect against loss of earnings.
- Ensure that financial support and interim payments are in place until your claim is settled.
- Advise you on any benefits you are be entitled to.
- Provide information on personal injury trusts to protect your claim from third parties, care costs and any means testing, which can affect any benefit payments.
At PSR Solicitors, we have significant experience dealing with the full range of cycling injuries, so whether your injuries are short-term or life-changing and permanent, we have the expertise to help.
We are proud of our reputation as the leading personal injury specialists across North Wales and Cheshire and of our outstanding track record of delivering excellent results for all of our clients. We have been accredited by the Law Society for exceptional personal injury services and have achieved the Lexcel Practice Management Standard for legal provision.
Am I eligible to make a Compensation Claim following a Cycling Accident?
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, whether as the result of another driver’s recklessness or misjudgement or due to poor road maintenance then you may be eligible to make a compensation claim.
The amount you receive will depend on a number of factors including the extent of your injuries, how they affect your everyday life, the level of financial damage caused and medical care and treatment that you require.
How do I make a Cycling Accident Claim?
Claiming compensation for any injury can feel daunting and overwhelming but we will manage and coordinate everything on your behalf.
After an initial, no-obligation chat, we will advise you on how likely you are to have a successful claim and how much you can expect to receive.
We will need information about your accident and you injuries but we will go at your own pace and will never make you feel pressured or rushed. We can visit you at home or in hospital and can even take your initial instruction over the phone so that we can begin to act as quickly as possible.
Steps you can take to help us with your claim include:
- Provide photos from the scene of the accident
- Report the accident to the police
- Provide the name, contact details and insurance information of the driver involved.
- Provide the names and contact details of any witnesses.
- Seek immediate medical treatment.
- Keep a record of all expenses incurred as a result of your injury.
- Use a specialist Cycling Accident Claim Solicitor, such as PSR Solicitors.
No Win No Fee Bike Accident & Cycling Injury Claims
If you are looking to claim compensation for an accident on your bike/cycling accident and you want free advice from a fully qualified solicitor then please contact us now. Using one of our specialist solicitors ensures that you have a better chance of winning your claim and receiving all of the compensation and help that you are entitled to.
We have offices throughout North Wales and Cheshire and you can contact us safe in the knowledge that one of our expert solicitors will take care of everything for you on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you won't have any legal costs to pay if your claim is unsuccessful so No Win No Fee = No Risk To You.
Contact the Cycling team at PSR
With offices in Colwyn Bay, Ellesmere Port, Rhyl, Shotton and Wrexham, we have been established in the heart of local communities since 2009. As a leading team of Personal Injury Solicitors in Wales (with Injury Lawyers in Cheshire too) We have helped thousands of clients claim the maximum amount of compensation and access first-class medical care to help with their recovery.
So contact us today and speak to one of our solicitors in confidence.
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