Have You Been Knocked Off Your Bike?

Have you been knocked off your bike by a car driver? The majority of victims are entitled to compensation. Find out what legal opportunities are available to you.

Knocked Off Bike Statistics

A high percentage of cycle claims where cyclists are knocked off their bikes occur on busy city roads where everyone is rushing to their destination as quickly as possible. Cyclists being knocked off their bikes and claiming compensation is on the rise. In fact, in a recent article, there are 25 near misses of cyclists nearly being knocked off their bikes every year in the UK. That statistic is staggering when you think of the potential damage and injury to the cyclist, which could sadly even end in a fatal accident.

Furthermore, many collisions with lorries occur every year. Between 2008-2014 in London, 94% of fatal crashes with lorries happened on the front left side, a frequent area for bikers to collide with as it is the driver’s blind spot. In the past few years, there has been an increasing awareness of the scope of a lorry’s blind spot. It is much bigger than people think, and cyclists need to be aware of this to avoid a potential collision. To minimise a crash, cyclists should not try to squeeze past a lorry in heavy traffic.

 

How to Avoid Being Knocked Off Your Bike

Whether you are a professional cyclist or use your bicycle to go to and from work, you are much more vulnerable to vehicles as you are entirely open to the elements. You can take several steps to reduce the chances of being knocked off your bike or soften the injury severity if an accident occurs. Here’s what you should do to make yourself less vulnerable on the roads:

  • Be fully aware of traffic around you at all times.
  • Have a light on your bike in the dark and wear reflective clothing
  • Be aware of dangers and ride with anticipation of the dangers ahead
  • Check the weather forecast and plan ahead
  • Take extra precautions when passing parked cars in case occupants open a door.
  • Ride with traffic, not against it
  • Be alert at all times, reducing distractions such as earphones
  • Cycle with a friend to boost your visibility to others and for support if an accident occurs
  • Be ready to give way at a moment’s notice in case drivers fail to
  • Choose a cycle-friendly route, such as bike lanes and wide roads
  • Follow road rules and signs, such as stopping at red lights and not turning into streets you shouldn’t
  • Wear padded and protective clothing, including a helmet, gloves and thick pants

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How Much Can I Claim?

How much in settlement damages you may receive following a bicycle accident can depend on several factors, including the accident and your injuries. Being knocked off your bike can cause injuries like wrist fractures, whiplash and shoulder dislocations. The value of a bicycle claim will primarily rely on the extent of your injuries and the impact it has had on your life. For example, amputating one leg could award you £111,1000, while bowel impairment can payout damages of £71,500. Find out more about leg injuries from a bike accident.

For more information on compensation payouts for being knocked off your bike, please visit our cyclist accident compensation calculator.

 

What Steps Should You Take After Being Knocked Off Your Bike?

No matter what measures you take to protect yourself, there, unfortunately, remains the possibility that you will be knocked off your bike due to someone else’s actions. If you are knocked off your bike, it’s helpful to know beforehand what you can do to recover from your injuries and maximise your chances of compensation.

Here are some of the steps we recommend you follow if you are knocked off your pedal bike:

  • Immediately after an accident, you should get yourself and others to a safe place away from the road to prevent another accident
  • Call the emergency services even if your injuries are not yet prevalent, and especially do so if there remains a road hazard to others.
  • Following your bicycle accident, you should seek medical attention for your injuries ASAP to gain a clear indication of the impact.
  • Collect visual evidence of your injuries and damage to your bike and personal property
  • Take the names and contact information of witnesses at the scene
  • Let the police know about the accident if they have not yet been called – this should be an earlier priority if the bike accident scene requires an emergency response
  • Consider what legal options are available to you and appoint a firm to manage your case
  • Avoid apologising or admitting any partial blame as this could be used against you by the other party
  • Co-operate with your bike accident solicitors to explain how the accident came to be and who is responsible
  • Your solicitors may require further assessments by a medical professional to examine the full extent of your injuries and provide a reliable valuation
  • Specialist bike accident solicitors will work with leading medical and rehabilitation professionals to aid your recovery
  • A Claim Notification Form will be submitted to the other party – they then must decide whether to accept or deny the blame
  • If liability is accepted, then the two parties will negotiate a bicycle settlement, or it will transfer to a court where a judge will make a decision
  • After a bicycle accident claim has been settled, if you have won your case, then the other party’s insurance company will pay out the awarded damages

 

Start Your Claim for Knocked off Bike by Car Compensation

“Hundreds of cyclists are involved in collisions and near misses whilst cycling every year in the UK. Most of the time, these victims are entitled to pursue a compensation claim.”

If you have been knocked off your bike by a vehicle whilst cycling, then you may be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim. As specialist cycle accident claim solicitors, we have a very high success rate in claiming compensation if you have been knocked off your bike. As it is common that cyclists are not aware of their rights, at R. James Hutcheon Solicitors, we can provide specialist legal advice to inform you and help guide you back on track as quickly as possible. Get in touch with us today to discover your compensation options for being knocked off your bike by a car.

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