how do I make a claim about a cycling accident
If you have been involved in a bike accident within the past three years you can make a claim for injury and financial losses. If you only want to make a claim for damage to your bicycle, this can be done if the accident occurred within the past six years.
Cycle accident claims can be very complex, especially if the issue of contributory negligence is raised or the defence of automatism is used. It is always best to seek help from a law firm with specialist bicycle accident solicitors who are also members the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Your claim will usually cover your injuries and any limitations those injuries have forced on you, such as an inability to carry out usual household chores. These elements are referred to as ‘general damages’.
The other ’special damages’ component of a claim would cover financial losses such as repairing or replacing your bicycle and damaged clothing, increased travel costs due to being unable to cycle, loss of earnings and any private treatment costs.
If liability is admitted, it should simply be a case of providing evidence of your injury and financial losses and agreeing the value of your cycle accident claim with the other side’s insurer. If liability is not admitted, or is disputed, investigations will need to be made to gather evidence to prove liability which will obviously affect the length of time it takes to conclude your cycle claim.