Bicycle Accident Claims & Cycling Injury Compensation Lawyers
Have you or a loved one been injured whilst riding a bicycle as a result of someone else's carelessness?
Figures published by ‘We are Cycling UK’ for 2017 indicate that there are more than 4 million regular adult cyclists using UK roads. By regular we mean using a bike to travel more than 3 times per week. In busy cities like London and Manchester cycling is seen as a genuine form of transport and is actively promoted by local Government striving to reduce congestion and achieve cleaner air. In busy cities like London and Manchester however the roads are heavily congested, and cyclists remain the most vulnerable of road users most likely to be killed or injured.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident and you believe the accident was the result of someone else’s fault or negligence then you may be entitled to claim financial compensation. Take the first step and call to speak with one of our expert Road Traffic Accident Solicitors today. We have extensive knowledge and experience of cycling law and have an excellent track record of success with claims of this type. One of our experts will be able to tell you with some degree of certainty after an initial, free consultation whether there is a case to be answered and the likelihood of success. If we believe there is a case, with a high likelihood of success we will be happy to represent you on a no win no fee basis.
We recognise that the idea of a legal court case can be daunting, especially for someone who has suffered huge stress and trauma through injury and our Solicitors will be considerate of this throughout. Obviously the primary goal for anyone who has suffered any type of injury is to focus their efforts on returning to full physical fitness. Our aim as your legal representative will be to fully support you on this journey.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are a leading personal injury solicitors in Greater Manchester for all form of bicycle and cycling injury claims, and we have long-standing relationships with medical professionals who offer rehabilitation, physiotherapy etc and we will look to fund any such care via your financial settlement. We have also seen many people through such a journey of recovery before and have therefore experienced first-hand what worked well for people in a similar position. As well as your legal voice, we can offer genuine compassion for the trauma you have experienced and advice on how to fast-track your recovery. So, pick up the phone today and experience our warm and genuine approach for yourself.
Typical causes of cycling injury
Car Door Accidents
Since cyclists have no seatbelt they can literally be catapulted into the air and land heavily on the ground in the event someone opens a car door directly in their path. Although it is the norm nowadays for most cyclists to wear a helmet these type of accidents can result in serious neck, back and spine injuries and badly broken bones.
Cycle Lane Accidents
The intention of a cycle lane is to afford the cyclist greater protection from motor vehicles. Often, however, motorists park their cars directly in the cycle lane, blocking the cyclist’s path, the lanes themselves are sporadic and so only available for part of a journey, they are not respected by other road users such as buses and cars and in some cases they are on narrow roads where the actual space between the cyclist and other motor vehicles is in any case minimal. All of this exposes cyclists to greater danger, even on roads where cycle lanes are present, and collisions do still occur.
Swerving to Avoid Collision
As a result of roads becoming more heavily congested there is ever-decreasing room for both the cyclist and the motorist on Britain’s roads. Many roads also have parked cars either side, adding to congestion and visibility issues. Many accidents involving cyclists don’t actually involve an actual collision with a moving vehicle. Often an accident and injuries suffered by a cyclist are the result of the cyclist being forced to act, by swerving, to avoid a more serious accident. In doing so they can often collide with a parked car, the kerb or pedestrians and still suffer serious injuries as a result.
Roundabouts can be particularly dangerous for cyclists since motorists often approach them at high speed, they require lane changes and multiple lanes of traffic mean that cyclists are less visible to all motorists. The risk on a roundabout is a collision with a moving vehicle which can be extremely serious and in some cases fatal.
Making a claim when the driver responsible for your injuries is unknown
As detailed above cyclists can often be injured without the motorist responsible even realising there has been an incident, and in such circumstances, there is no identified negligent party. The question for many injured cyclists then is whether they can even pursue a claim with no one traceable to blame? The simple answer is YES. Subject to the circumstances of your accident you may be entitled to pursue compensation from the Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB) and one of our specially trained Solicitors can help you with this. Call us today if this applies and we can guide you through the process.
Making a claim where the negligent person is known
If the negligent party is known then the process is much easier, providing they have adequate insurance, as it is their Insurance Company who will eventually pay the financial sum awarded by the court. The more evidence that can be provided to support the claim and to prove negligence the stronger the case will be. Types of evidence which can support such as case would include:
- Photographic evidence of the scene of the accident and the injuries sustained
- Any CCTV evidence leading up to and immediately after the accident (a Solicitor can help greatly in sourcing this type of evidence)
- Witness testimony from anyone who witnessed the accident
- Medical records detailing A&E treatment received and any following/on-going treatment
As highly regarded legal experts our support in building a solid case can make all the difference to the final outcome and the financial sum awarded by the court. If you are looking to see justice done and to secure the compensation you deserve then look no further than Sheldon Davidson. Pick up the phone and tell us the circumstance of your accident today.
We are passionate about helping clients to seek appropriate justice and recompense, and our track record speaks for itself.
Our experienced RTA Injury Claim Solicitors act regularly for clients across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham, and Whitefield.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are a Lexcel accredited law firm. The Lexcel standard is only awarded by the Law Society to firms who meet the highest standards of practice management and customer service.
With Sheldon Davidson Solicitors in Manchester, you can be confident that your claim is in safe hands.
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