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Cycle Accident

Introduction to Cycle Accidents

With widely promoted health benefits, thousands of people enjoy cycling for entertainment purposes. But it's not just the thrill of pedal power that sees people taking to their bicycle. Problems with congestion, escalating fuel costs, and environmental concerns around car travel, has led to more people making their commute by bike.

However, while cycling can be good fun and great exercise, cyclists are vulnerable on the roads and have little protection if they are involved in any type of collision (especially a collision with a motor vehicle).

If you are involved in an accident on the road as a cyclist, you may be able to make a cycle accident personal injury claim for compensation.

What should I do if I am involved in a cycle accident?
  Steps to take after a cycle accident
Why Should I Choose Thompsons Solicitors?
  About Thompsons Solicitors
Cycle Accident Personal Injury Claims we have dealt with
  Injured cyclists we have helped
Avoiding Cycle Accidents
  How to avoid being injured as a cyclist
Making a Cycle Accident Compensation Claim
  How to begin your cycle accident personal injury claim

What should I do if I am involved in a cycle accident?

Steps to take after a cycle accident

If you are in a safe place after your cycle accident and you suspect that you may have been badly injured (head injuries or spinal injuries), stay as still as possible and wait to be examined by a Paramedic.  If you are not in a safe place, make your way to the nearest safe place and call the Emergency Services if you need to.

If you are well enough after your cycle accident you should exchange details with the other person involved in the collision.  Take as much information as you can including the driver's name, their vehicle registration number, the make and model of their vehicle, their address and contact telephone number together with their insurer's name and a policy number.  If there are any witnesses to the cycle accident, you should also take their names, addresses and telephone numbers.

If you are taken straight to hospital after your cycle accident, the Police should take details of the other driver or drivers involved in the cycle accident which can be passed to you or your personal injury solicitor at a later date.

As soon as you are feeling well enough following the cycle accident you should contact a personal injury solicitor experienced in dealing with cycle accidents and cyclist injury claims.

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Why Should I Choose Thompsons Solicitors?

About Thompsons Solicitors

At Thompsons Solicitors, we will always strive to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for you in the shortest amount of time.

We are experienced in dealing with cycle accident personal injury compensation claims and also have specialist teams of solicitors based across our network of offices throughout the UK who are experts in dealing with claims for serious injuries.

Our solicitors will always be happy to review your cycle accident personal injury claim and will always speak to you in plain English. 

You can contact us to discuss your cycle accident compensation claim in more detail by calling 08000 224 224 or by completing one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Cycle Accident Personal Injury Claims we have dealt with

Injured cyclists we have helped

Cyclist hit by wing mirror of truck

In this case, Thompsons helped a cyclist to claim compensation after he suffered life-changing injuries in an accident where he was hit on the back of the head by a truck's wing mirror.

He was in intensive care for over 3 weeks and was paralysed for 2 months.  He came out of hospital in a wheelchair and didn’t even start walking again till six months later.

He was left with permanent problems after the accident and had to take early retirement from work.  He also had to give up playing cricket.

Thompsons recovered compensation for the injured cyclist and he was very happy with the outcome.  To read his testimony, visit Dr. Powell's Story.

Postman thrown over handlebars

Thompsons Solicitors helped a postman make a personal injury compensation claim after he was injured whilst riding the cycle provided to him by his employers, The Post Office.

The postman was riding along on his cycle when his front brake snapped in two and his front wheel locked.  He was thrown over the handlebars and was injured.

It was found that the brake had snapped because of either a defect in the manufacture or because of metal fatigue.

Thompsons Solicitors recovered compensation for the postman.  To read the full version of this story, visit our LELR, Issue 46.

£200K for East Yorkshire man injured when road sweeper knocked him off his bike

Thompsons Solicitors' specialist personal injury lawyers helped a former British Energy employee from East Yorkshire, who was knocked off his bike by a road sweeper and then suffered a stroke, to recover over £200,000 in compensation.

He was on his way home from work when he was knocked off his bicycle, from behind, by a roadsweeper.  He suffered injury to the back of the head and severe bruising to the back of his body.  After the accident he lost consciousness and came to at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. A CT scan on his brain confirmed that he had suffered a stroke at the site of the accident.

To read the full story visit our News Desk.

Cyclist Collides with Bollard

In this case, our client was a cyclist who was cycling along a designated cycle path when he collided with a bollard in the middle of the path that he could not see.

The bollard had been placed on the cycle path to prevent motor vehicles from accessing the cycle path; however, it had no reflective strips on it and the streetlight nearby was not working.  The cyclist could not see it at all and collided with it, injuring himself.

It was discovered that someone had reported the streetlight as broken four days before the accident but the council had not repaired it.  Following the accident, the streetlight was repaired and reflective strips were placed on the bollard, which was 25 years old, to bring it in line with all of the newer bollards used by the council.

Thompsons Solicitors recovered compensation for the cyclist.

Driver Pulls out of Junction into path of cyclist

Thompsons also helped a cyclist who was injured after a driver pulled out from a junction to his left and collided with him as he was cycling along a main road.

The cyclist suffered from bruising to his head and shoulder together with a soft tissue injury to his knee.

After Thompsons Solicitors approached the third party insurers, they accepted liability but were only prepared to offer the cyclist £2110 compensation.  This offer was rejected and the case proceeded to Court.  The Judge awarded the cyclist £3426 compensation for his cyclist accident.

Van collides with cyclist on Roundabout

In this case, our client was cycling around a roundabout when a van collided with him, causing him to be thrown up onto the bonnet of the van.  He was knocked unconscious and needed hospital treatment for injuries to his shoulder and his ear.

He was absent from work for over two months as a result of his injuries and with help from Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors he recovered £6,000 compensation.

Cyclist receives compensation after losing leg in accident

In this case, Thompsons Solicitors' Serious Injuries Team helped a cyclist to recover £750,000 in compensation after he was hit by a car whilst cycling.

The man suffered head injuries and his leg was broken in five places needing five operations straight after the accident and a further nine in the eighteen months afterwards. Eventually surgeons conceded defeat in saving his right leg and decided to amputate the right leg below his knee.

To read the full story, visit our News Desk.

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Avoiding Cycle Accidents

How to avoid being injured as a cyclist

Probably the most important thing to do as a cyclist is to wear a decent cycling safety helmet.  If you are involved in a fall or a road accident you may avoid serious head injuries or even death by wearing a cycle safety helmet.

It is also a good idea, for children especially, to wear knee or elbow pads which can prevent nasty injuries to your joints if you fall from your cycle.

It is sensible to wear high-visibility clothing when riding at dusk or dark.  Reflective strips on clothing are picked up by lights on motor vehicles to help cyclists to be seen.

Make sure that your cycle is in a good state of repair and has lights fitted to the front and rear.  Also, make sure you learn and use the hand signals for cyclists, detailed in the Highway Code.

Don't listen to MP3 players or talk on mobile telephones while riding your cycle.  This will take your attention away from the road, prevent you from hearing traffic and could lead to a cycle accident.

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Making a Cycle Accident Compensation Claim

How to begin your cycle accident personal injury claim

Contact Thompsons Solicitors with as little or as much information as you have to hand about your cycle accident or cyclist injury.  We can investigate further with the Police or witnesses to obtain any other evidence needed to begin your cyclist accident personal injury claim.

All personal injury claims, including cycle accident personal injury claims are subject to strict time limits, so you need to act fast.  For further information, visit our Time Limits page.  Another reason to begin your cyclist accident personal injury claim as soon as possible is that you are more likely to recall the exact circumstances if the cycle accident has only just recently occurred.

You can telephone us on 08000 224 224 or you can complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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