Cycling has become an increasingly popular mode of transportation. With more and more people taking to their bikes for the daily commute to and from work, this puts a greater number of cyclists on the road for a greater amount of time. While there are many clearly marked cycle lanes, especially in larger cities, these lanes are also used by buses and other motorists attempting to pass or avoid long traffic queues. Often accidents occur when a biker and motorist come into contact in a cycle lane.
Greater Exposure Leads to Serious Injuries for Cyclists
Unlike the occupants of a car, cyclists are completely exposed, and they are not secured to their bicycles with seat belts. Cyclists, therefore, have a greater exposure to a risk of injury and often these injuries can be serious or even fatal.
Cyclist injury claims commonly result from the following:
- Accidents in Cycle Lanes
- Car Door Accidents
- Cyclist Injuries on Roundabouts
- Cyclist Injury at Junction
- Reversing into a Residential Driveway
- Swerving Cyclists
At Graham Coffey & Co. Solicitors, we recover not only compensation for any injury sustained through a bike accident, but we also look to include the cost of repairing or replacing the bike. Increasingly, specialist bikes are being manufactured from high-tech materials such as carbon fibre and this can translate to a replacement cost of a bike that is on a par with the cost of a small motor vehicle or motorbike.
If the injury sustained through the accident prevents you from going to work then your lost earnings will also need to be included in your claim.
Cyclist Accident Case Study
Our client, Mr. H., was riding his bicycle when he was knocked from his bike by the defendant's car and sustained a serious head injury. The defendant blamed Mr. H. for his failure to have lights on his bike, for wearing dark clothing and failing to wear a helmet. Despite these assertions, we pursued compensation for Mr. H. on the basis that the roundabout was well lit and that the motorist would have seen Mr. H. if he paid adequate attention to other users of the road.
We successfully obtained an admission of liability from the defendant's insurer, and despite persistent attempts by the insurer to reduce the compensation payable to the claimant due to his failure to wear a helmet, we recovered over £10,000 for the client.