Slater and Gordon Lawyers handle more cycling accident injury claims than most other UK law firms because we represent members of the public and members of Cycling UK.
The following information should help set out what steps ought to be taken in order to pursue a claim for compensation in the unfortunate event of having a cycling accident.
The burden of proving fault on the part of a third party rests with you as the Claimant. You should take the following steps to maximise your prospects of pursuing a successful claim.
Tell us where & how the accident happened & about your personal injuries so we can determine how successful your claim is likely to be.
It is increasingly commonplace for motor insurers to make direct contact with potential Claimants at the earliest opportunity and make early settlement offers. The offers that are made are usually low and if they are accepted they are accepted on a full and final settlement basis. It is important that you always obtain legal advice before accepting an offer in settlement of your personal injury claim. Insurers will often take advantage of a Claimant who has not obtained legal advice.
It is important that you do not dispose of any damaged property e.g. your bicycle or equipment. The reason for this is that it may be potentially important evidence and secondly, there may later be arguments with the Defendant’s insurance company as to the pre-accident value of the property.
You should obtain a quote for the cost of any damage to your bicycle from a reputable cycle shop. If the bicycle is deemed a ‘write off’ do obtain confirmation in writing from the cycle shop and confirmation of the cost of a ‘like for like’ bicycle.
If you can, provide original receipts for your damaged clothing (including helmet).
You should never shrug off your injuries. It is always advisable to seek medical attention, even for minor injuries. If you attend the local A&E Department or your General Practitioner this is evidence that you actually sustained injuries in the crash.
It is important that you maintain a record of your ongoing expenses to that these are all included in your claim.
Slater and Gordon can provide immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in the UK. We have offices in London, Manchester, Watford, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Preston and Wrexham.
Solicitors at Slater and Gordon are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) & the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL).