Have you been involved in an accident on your bicycle? Did you suffer an injury as a result of the injury and it was not your fault? LPS can help you claim for cyclist accident compensation.
Cyclists are more likely to be killed or seriously injured than anyone involved in a road traffic accident, although this is the case many cycling accidents remain unreported. Cyclists can sustain substantial injuries during an accident and suffer long term physical and financial hardship
Types of accidents
- The most common cause of cycle accidents is where an oncoming driver turns right across the path of a cyclist leaving the cyclist with nowhere to go other than into the negligent driver’s car.
- Another cause of accidents is where a driver emerges through ‘give way’ markings to the left or right of the correctly proceeding cyclist, effectively ‘T boning’ the poor cyclist and taking them out.
- Roundabouts can cause problems when motorists routinely fail to see cyclists (because they are so intent on looking for other motorists).
- Potholes and poorly maintained roads are a further problem for cyclists and we are very successful with these claims.
Regardless of the type of cyclist you are, if you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault we can help. We have a team of solicitors who can help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
10 Top tips for avoiding cycling accidents
We’d prefer that you didn’t have to put in a bike accident claim altogether so here’s a quick 101 in precautions you can take to avoid being in an accident:
1) Get some lights – the amount of accidents that happen due to motorists not being able to see the cyclists is high
2) Exercise caution at junctions
a) If you don’t think a car approaching from the right or left has seen you then wave – your arms going left and right is more likely to be seen than a bike coming straight towards them
b) Move closer to the middle of the road as cars approaching from side roads are more likely to see you there than if you are tucked against the curb
c) Slow down– if you are approaching at a lower speed, you have a better chance of being able to avert a collision by stopping if needs be – annoying, but better than getting hit by a car, we reckon
3) Stick to your side of the road – cyclists have a habit of skipping traffic by cycling on the wrong side of the road when they think it is clear. Not a good tactic as there’s nowhere for you to go if a car starts off towards you.
4) Ride to the right when passing parked cars – this will keep you at a safe distance from people opening their doors on you
5) Don’t ride on the pavement – pedestrians use them and when at crossings it is confusing for drivers as you should be on the road
6) Do not stop next to cars at red light - instead, queue up behind them – this will stop the car turning on you when the lights go green
7) Avoid listening to music - If you cannot hear the other traffic, you lose a huge sense of the traffic around you, which causes accidents.
8) Do not swerve in and out of traffic – do this at your peril. You risk being rear ended or hitting the car in front if there is any change in speed
9) Wear something bright- high visibility saves lives
10) Indicate – hopefully if you are riding a bike, you have done your cycling proficiency so use it, it saves lives
Making Your Claim Couldn’t Be Easier
Your cyclist accident compensation process couldn’t be simpler. All you need to do is complete our easy to use claim form, and leave the rest to us, or alternatively call us on 0800 996 1807, text 4myclaim to 88802 or chat to us online to discuss your No win no fee claim.