Cycling Accidents

cycling accident claim

Here at Mark Reynolds Solicitors, we carry out our sympathetic, professional and honest approach to people who come to us with cycling accident injuries. We can also help if your accident was caused by an uninsured or untraced driver.

The Statistics

Whilst 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.

Every year in this country around 18,500 cyclists are killed or injured in reported road accidents, including around 3,400 who are killed or seriously injured. RoSPA estimates the number of injuries could be underreported by at least half, as not all incidents are reported. The hazards of cycling on the open road are quite evident – traffic is getting ever busier and people are rushing around in their cars like never before.

Common causes of a cycling accident are as follows;

  • Motorist emerging into path of cyclist
  • Motorist turning across path of cyclist
  • Cyclist riding into the path of a motor vehicle, often riding off a pavement
  • Cyclist turning right across one or more lanes of traffic
  • Child cyclist playing or riding too fast
  • Defective road surface

Mark Reynolds as your bike accident solicitor

We’ll get you the maximum injury compensation available. You’ll be in good hands:

  • Get your bike repaired or replaced
  • Get damaged clothing and accessories repaired or replaced
  • Specialist impartial advice
  • No Win No Fee
  • All injury and types of bike accident accepted
  • We will update you at every point of the claim process
  • Rehabilitation
  • Maximum compensation

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 are a quick 10 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:
    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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 surely better than being hit by a car.
  3. 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
  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. 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.
  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. Wear something bright – high visibility saves lives
  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. Avoid listening to music – If you cannot hear the other traffic, you lose a huge sense of your surroundings, which causes accidents
  10. Indicate – hopefully, if you are riding a bike, you have done your cycling proficiency so use it – it saves lives.

Making a claim

Contact Mark Reynolds 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. 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 freephone 0800 002 9577 or you can complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.