What to Do if You’ve Been Knocked off Your Bike
A high percentage of cycle claims where cyclists are knocked off their bike occur on busy city roads where everyone is in a rush to get 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 bike every year in the UK. That statistic is staggering alone when you think of the potential damage and injury to the cyclist which could sadly even end in a fatal accident.
Furthermore, a large number of collisions with lorries occur on a yearly basis. It is believed that 94% of fatal collisions with lorries between 2008-2014 in London occurred on the front left side. This is a very common area for bikers to be collided 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 a lot bigger than people think and cyclists need to be aware of this to avoid a potential collision. To minimise a collision, cyclists should not try to squeeze past a lorry in heavy traffic.
Whether you are a professional cyclist or you simply use your bicycle to go to and from work, you are much more vulnerable to vehicles as you are completely open to the elements. To make yourself less vulnerable you should try to make sure you do the following things whilst on the roads:
- Be fully aware of traffic around you at all times
- Wear a helmet
- 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
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 serious injuries such as wrist fractures, whiplash and shoulder dislocations. The value of a bicycle claim will largely rely on the extent of your injuries and the impact it has had on your life. As an example, the amputation of one leg could award you £111,1000 while bowel impairment can payout damages of £71,500.
For more information, please visit our cyclist accident compensation calculator.
What Is the Bike Accident Compensation Process?
The process of making an accident claim if you have been knocked off your pedal bike will usually involve the following steps:
- Following your bicycle accident, you should seek medical attention for your injuries ASAP
- Collect visual evidence of your injuries and damage to your bike and personal property
- Take the names and contact information of witnesses
- 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
- 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
- A Claim Notification Form will be submitted to the other party – they then must decide whether to accept or deny blame
- If liability is accepted, then the two parties will negotiate on a bicycle settlement, otherwise, 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
Knocked off Bike by Car Compensation
“Hundreds of cyclists are involved in collisions and near misses whilst cycling every year in the UK. The majority of the time these victims are entitled to pursue a claim for compensation.”
If you have been knocked off your bike with 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 help guide you back on track as quickly as possible. Get in touch with us today to discover your options for knocked off bike by car compensation.