We have successfully concluded a claim for our client who was a cyclist involved in an accident at a roundabout. Our client was awarded over £14,750 for his injuries and out of pocket expenses after suffering lacerations to his scalp and face, damaged teeth, a fractured collar bone and fractured thumb together with some other minor injuries.
Our client was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Medical evidence suggested that had he done so, the laceration to his scalp could have been avoided but that other lacerations to his face would not have been avoided.
Our client won £14,750 in compensation – click the Claimometer button to start your claim today…
Although it is not illegal to not wear a cycle helmet, it can have an impact on the damages that a claimant can be entitled too. In accidents where a cyclist helmet is not worn, damages can be reduced by a percentage of up to 25% if the injuries could have been avoided in their entirety had a helmet been worn. If injuries would have been reduced had a helmet been worn, then a deduction of 15% for that particular injury is normally applied. These reductions do not affect the value of other injuries sustained which would have occurred whether a client had been wearing a helmet or not such as a fractured wrist.
We were successful in reclaiming the cost of private surgery to improve the scar to the eye and recoup the cost of dental treatment received. Thankfully the injuries to the collar bone and thumb settled within a short space of time leaving only minor symptoms which were expected to resolve and did not interrupt aspects of day to day activity.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) around 19,000 cyclists are reported as being killed or injured in road traffic accidents. Sadly one fifth of these reported injuries involve children. Four out of five casualties are males and almost 80% of these accidents occur during daylight hours.
Most cycling accidents occur in urban areas and most cyclists injured are male. For understandable reasons most accidents tend to occur in the summer months.
At What’s My Claim Worth, the majority of cycling accident claims we encounter are caused in the following circumstances;
- Accidents caused by motorcyclists coming from side roads who don’t notice the cyclist.
- Accidents caused by motorists crossing the cyclist’s path
- Accidents caused by motorists not seeing cyclists travelling up ahead who hit them from behind.
Most of the injuries we encounter are arm and leg related injuries such as fractures to the arm or ligament damage to the knee together with cuts to the head, face and other parts of the body.
How to Make a Cycle Accident Claim
Whats My Claim Worth have a team of specialist lawyers who are able to advise you in relation to the prospects of successfully pursuing a claim at a very early stage. Normally, they are in a position to tell you if you have a claim during the initial free telephone consultation.
If your claim can be accepted, our lawyers will work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis and will insure your case to make sure that you are fully protected.