Bike accidents have become increasingly common, thanks to a combination of more cars on the road and a greater number of cyclists. While there are some steps that you can take to try and help ensure your safety, you are never fully guaranteed that you won’t be involved in an unexpected accident. One of the most common problems for cyclists is that drivers are often unaware of their positioning, or they do not allow appropriate room or time when passing cyclists.
These types of accident can seem innocuous to the driver, but even a shunt can lead to you being thrown from your bike and suffering broken bones or worse. Unfortunately, cyclists do die in road accidents every year, and most of these accidents involve cars or other motorised vehicles.
Whether you were hit while waiting at a junction, a car swiped you as they were passing, or even if a driver opened their door in your path without checking, you may have a case to claim compensation from the negligent party; compensation that can be used to pay for all expenses that you incur, and to ensure that you do not suffer as a result of lost earnings. Compensation figures can quickly add up, when you take all of these factors into account, and it is money that you are not only entitled to but that you will almost certainly need during and after your recovery.
Claiming Compensation After Been Knocked Off Your Bike By A Car
You should always seek medical assistance if you have been involved in any kind of accident. Even if you believe that you are fine, you may have suffered internal injuries or your injuries may be worse than they first feel, when the adrenaline is still flowing around your body. Let the paramedics check you over or, at the very least, book an appointment with the doctors or attend the hospital to have your injuries checked over after the event. This can also prove useful to your solicitor when they are trying to build a case and claim compensation on your behalf.
In some cases, the other party may submit an offer of compensation to you or your solicitor, before the case goes to court. This early settlement can prove beneficial, but it is important that you make sure it is for a reasonable and fair amount. Serious injuries can attract a large sum of money, because you will need that money, but it can make even a low offer look like a large sum of money. You should discuss any compensation figure you receive with your solicitor to make sure that it is indeed a fair figure.
Your solicitor will help you throughout the claims process. They will ensure that your case is as strong as possible, that you are claiming for a fair amount, and that you have the best possible chance of successfully submitting that claim. For this reason, it is important that you choose a solicitor or firm of solicitors that are experienced in this area of law.
Carry On Cycling is not only a team of professional personal injury solicitors, but keen cyclists so they understand the intricacies of this type of accident and its aftermath.