Getting knocked off your bike can be a deeply shocking experience. As a cyclist, you are one of the most vulnerable classes of road-users out there. Even if you did everything right, someone else’s careless or dangerous driving could mean you are injured, possibly very seriously. If this has happened to you, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
For many people, cycling isn’t just a means of travel, it is a passion. Making a claim for compensation could help get you back on your bike as soon as possible. Rehabilitation and financial redress are often vital to overcoming the injustice you have suffered.
Injuries suffered in a cycling accident can vary. Broken bones, and injuries to limbs are common. However, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, data they have analysed suggests head injuries occur in over 40% of incidents involving cyclists.
Although accidents caused by other road-users are the most common way for a cycling accident to occur, there are other ways in which you can be injured due to someone else’s negligence. These include:
- Defective safety equipment or parts of your bike. This may involve claiming against the manufacturers.
- Poorly-maintained road surfaces causing hazards such as potholes or loose surfaces. This would involve making a claim against whoever is responsible for maintaining the road.
- Spillages. Depending on the circumstances, this may mean claiming against whoever is responsible for maintaining the road, or against the party responsible for the presence of the spillage including the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
If you have suffered harm due to the fault of others, you are legally and morally entitled to claim compensation for it. Truth Legal can guide you through the process of recovering the compensation you deserve.
Cycling Claims Unaffected by the 2021 Whiplash Reforms
You may have heard about changes to the law involving whiplash claims and road traffic accidents. These changes alter the process by which certain personal injury claims are made, imposing lower injury compensation awards, and preventing affected claimants from instructing solicitors to help them.
However, if you were injured whilst riding a bicycle, your claim will not be affected by these changes fortunately. This means that, even if you have suffered whiplash-type injuries, you can instruct Truth Legal to help you in your personal injury claim.
At Truth Legal, we pride ourselves on giving clients an ethical and honest service. Trust is a huge consideration when it comes to selecting your legal representatives; without it, your claim may only add to an already distressing situation.
Our team of specialist personal injury solicitors and Legal Executives have the abilities to recover the compensation you deserve. We are based in Harrogate with a presence in York, Manchester, and London. Find out more about our friendly and experienced solicitors.
Switching your cycling accident claim to Truth Legal
If you already have a claim ongoing, you are always entitled to change your legal representatives if you wish. The process is straightforward.
You should seriously consider doing so if your current representatives are not providing you with the service you deserve. Perhaps you no longer have confidence in their abilities to secure you the right amount of compensation? Or you feel your case is not being given the attention and experienced handling it deserves? Do they understand the medical evidence? Whatever the reason, you can switch solicitors whenever you want.
If you have already received a judgment or settlement in your claim, you cannot reopen it with different solicitors. However, if you feel that your legal representatives did not deal with your case properly, you may be able to bring a claim against them for professional negligence.
It is much better to avoid that from happening in the first place, however. If your solicitors or the unqualified paralegals running your case do not understand cycling accident claims, then you should consider switching/changing solicitors.
Funding a personal injury claim can often be a worry, which is why Truth Legal tries to help people on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis wherever possible. Where the accident was not your fault, we can usually offer a No Win, No Fee Agreement.
A No Win No Fee Agreement means that, in almost all situations, you will not have to pay our fees if we do not succeed in securing compensation for you.
Upon a successful outcome, often but not always some of our fees are paid by a portion of your compensation award. This is the normal way in which No Win No Fee agreements operate. It is also usual for most of our fees to be paid by the other party or their insurers.
How a claim is funded is always explained in more detail before a claim begins. You can read more about No Win, No Fee Agreements here.
Further information on cycling accident claims
We also offer free initial consultation sessions. These give you time to speak to us about your case without any cost or obligation to proceed further.
If you would like to know more about bringing a claim, or you would like to discuss your circumstances in more detail, please contact us.