ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

HOW TO MAKE A COMPENSATION CLAIM AFTER A BIKE ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT?

The statistics clearly tell us that motorcyclists and pedal cyclists are one of the most vulnerable group of road users in the UK.

Between 2011 and 2015 there were 1,365 motorbike riders injured in accidents in England and Wales. On average in 2013 there were 6 deaths and 94 serious injures per week invovling motorcyclists*.

In 2015 18,844 cyclists were injured in reported road accidents**. These figures only include accidents reported to the police. According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)***, the number of accidents in which cyclists are injured is significantly higher given many accidents are not reported to the police, even when the cyclist is injured sufficiently enough to require hospital treatment. The figures also exclude cycling accidents that occur away from the road.  

Despite these worrying accident statistics, the number of bikers and cyclist using our roads continues to grow with both becoming ever more popular. Studies suggest cycling has positive health benefits, a cyclist’s carbon footprint is significantly lower in comparison to driving a motor vehicle and cycling saves you money.

Can an injured  motorcyclist or cyclist make a claim against a car or other motor vehicle?

All road users are obliged to follow the Highway Code of Conduct. Under the Highway Code motorists are required to pay particular attention to motorcyclists and cyclists. A breach of the Highway Code can be used by injured bikers as evidence that a motorist has been negligent and support a claim for damages and compensation. 

If you were involved in an accident with a motorist, which was not your fault the law is there to protect you and you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries and any losses suffered as a result of your accident.

Should I make a claim after a bike accident?

We know making a claim for compensation after an accident is often not a priority for motorcyclist or cyclists however even a minor injury can result in motorcyclist and cyclists suffering hardship through not being able to work, resulting in a loss of earnings combined with bearing the cost of repairing or replacing a damaged bike and bike equipment. The law is there to protect 2 wheel riders. Bike Injury Solicitors will help you not only make a claim for compensation for injury but help you secure rehabilitation to aid your recovery and recover your additional losses.

Common types of road accidents involving bicycles and motorbikes we deal with

  • Driver unexpectedly turning across the path of a 2 wheel rider

  • Driver colliding into the rear or side of a motorcycle or bicyle rider, particularly when bikers are overtaking parked or stationary vehicles

  • Driver coming out of a junction and failing to give way

  • Driver coming out of a driveway and failing to give way to cyclists, particularly to children

  • Driver pulling out from a parking bay or out of stationary traffic

  • Driver changing lanes unexpectedly

  • Driver failing to give way at traffic lights and roundabouts

  • Driver or passengers opening a vehicle door without warning

  • Accidents with lorries and HGVs where cyclists are positioned in their blind spot

Common causes of road traffic accidents involving motorbikes and cycles

The common causes of road traffic accidents* include:-

  1. Driver failing to look properly especially at junctions

  2. Driver carrying out a poor turn or manoeuvre

  3. Driver failing to judge a the speed or path of a motorbike or bicycle

  4. Driver driving carelessly, recklessly or in a hurry

  5. Driver impaired by alcohol

  6. Driver travelling too fast for the road conditions

If you have been involved in a bike accident and have suffered injury we will make your claim for compensation to get you back on the road. We are experts in dealing with all types of road traffic cycle accidents. We will get you the rehabilitation you may need to help aid your recovery from your injuries and sort out your damaged bike. Call us or request a call back for a free consultation today. 

*      Department of Transport National Statistics 2013

**    DfT (2016) ‘Table RAS30002: Reported casualties by road user type, age and severity, GB 2015’ 

***  ROSPA (Accident prevention charity) Cycling Accidents – Facts and Figures

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