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We have seen almost every kind of cycle accident and we have recovered compensation for clients who have suffered a range of injuries from minor cuts and bruises and whiplash, to fractured bones, ligament and tendon damage, and head injuries. (See our True Cycling Statistics)
If you have suffered an injury whilst cycling, whether as a commuter, an experienced club rider, or simply whilst out riding your bike for fun, then contact us now for FREE advice as to whether you have a claim.
True Solicitors have over 20 years’ experience representing injured cyclists.
Because you were injured and your property damaged through no fault of your own. Why should you be left out of pocket as result of another road user’s careless behavior?
True Solicitors have been acting for injured cyclists for years and, as a consequence, have amassed a wealth of data about cycle accidents and injuries. We are sharing this information in the hope it encourages cyclists and motorists to be more vigilant when approaching common accident scenarios.
According to our data almost two thirds of cycle accidents occur at road junctions, with 26% of accidents being caused by a vehicle pulling out from the left either from a side road or on a roundabout.
Car doors being opened into the path of passing cyclists account for 1 in 25 cycle accidents, but the resulting injuries are far more serious with 38% of cyclists suffering broken bones compared to 25% across all other accident types.
Notwithstanding the risk of imprisonment or a substantial fine, 8% of motorists fail to stop after an accident. This number is surprisingly high and no doubt includes accidents where the vehicle driver did not stop because they were unaware they had caused an accident.
For those cyclists who thought they are safe cycling in a cycle lane – think again! Our data shows that 7% of cycling accidents occur when the cyclist is in a cycle lane.
It is perhaps no surprise that in collisions involving cyclists and vehicles, injuries to limbs are the most common, with around 85% of cyclists suffering arm or leg injuries. Lower limb injuries are the most frequent at 65% with upper limb injures being reported in 55% of cycle accidents. Around 35% of cyclists suffer both arm and leg injuries.
The majority of injuries (53%) are soft tissue injuries, with almost 90% suffering multiple injuries. Again it is the arms and legs that are the most vulnerable with 54% suffering arm injuries and 67% suffering leg injuries.
Bone fractures, ranging from broken collarbones and shoulders to broken legs and fractured skulls, are common and are reported in 1 in 4 cycle accidents.
In almost all cycle accidents the rider is knocked to the ground and so it is perhaps expected that fractures to the upper limbs account for almost two-thirds of fracture injuries.
The prevalence of head injuries is alarming with 23% of cyclists suffering some type of head or facial injury, and 8% suffering what we would describe as a serious head injury, for example where the victim was knocked unconscious, suffered concussion, sustained a skull fracture or brain damage.
The severity of cycle injuries is reflected is the number of cyclists requiring medical treatment (82%), with 70% receiving hospital treatment.
Committed cyclist, Mr. S, instructed True Solicitors twice in the last 4 years after being knocked off his bike in two separate road accidents.
The first accident occurred when Mr. S was cycling to work on his Ribble – Gran Fondo road bike. He was crossing a traffic light controlled junction when a car that was travelling in the opposite direction turned right across his path and drove into him. It was a nasty accident with Mr. S being thrown onto the car bonnet before striking the windscreen and falling onto the road. He suffered multiple soft tissue injuries, his bike and helmet were destroyed, and his cycling clothes ruined.
True Solicitors agreed to act for Mr. S and quickly obtained an admission of liability from the car driver’s insurance company and an interim payment to cover the full cost of the written-off bike and his personal belongings.
We arranged for Mr. S to be examined by an orthopaedic consultant who prepared a report on the extent of his injuries and thereafter we negotiated an award that included the cost of his medical treatment and full compensation for his injuries.
The second accident was more serious. On that occasion Mr. S was cycling across a large roundabout when a car came onto the roundabout from his left and drove straight into him. Mr. S was thrown from his bike and landed heavily on the road sustaining significant facial injuries and soft tissue injuries to his neck, shoulder and back.
Although we were in no doubt about who caused the accident, it took the driver’s insurance company over 2 months to investigate the accident. During this period we worked with Mr. S to obtain evidence to show that his bike, a Cannondale CAAD 12 road bike, was damaged beyond repair – not that there was much doubt, and evidence to substantiate the replacement cost of his shattered helmet and damaged cycling clothes.
The insurance company eventually agreed their policyholder was entirely at fault and released an interim payment to cover the full cost of a replacement bike, medical expenses and ruined cycle clothes.
Meanwhile we arranged for Mr. S to be examined by two medical experts, a Consultant Maxillo-Facial Surgeon to assess the facial injuries, and a General Practitioner to assess the soft tissue injuries.
Following disclosure of the medical evidence we began negotiating with the defendant’s insurance company and were able to obtain a settlement that included full compensation for his injuries and outstanding losses.
Mr Y was cycling home from work when he became the victim of an apparent road rage incident. Mr. Y was in a cycle lane when a car that was travelling in the same direction tried to run him off the road. The car driver slowed down and pulled alongside Mr Y before turning into him and forcing him into a collision with a parked car.
As a result of the accident Mr. Y sustained a fractured wrist, together with cuts and bruises to his face, arms and legs.
The car driver initially fled the scene of the accident but then returned later and gave his details to the police. The police also took statements from several witnesses who had seen the accident.
Notwithstanding the weight of evidence against the car driver, he denied liability for the accident and alleged he was fully established on the main road and that our client simply drove into him.
True Solicitors had no reason to disbelieve Mr. Y and so set about proving that he was not too blame by contacting the witnesses and obtaining full statements. We also arranged for Mr Y to be examined by an Orthopaedic Consultant so that we could assess the nature and extent of his injuries.
Court proceedings were necessary because the defendant’s insurance company would not put forward a reasonable offer. The case subsequently settled 2 weeks before trial with the defendant’s insurance company admitting their driver was at fault for the accident and paying full compensation for the claimant’s injuries, loss of earnings and damaged bike.
Welsh cyclist, Mr. W, was knocked of his Trek Domaine road bike whilst out enjoying a Sunday afternoon leisure ride. He was on a country road negotiating a sharp left hand-bend when he was confronted by an on-coming vehicle on his side of the road. He reacted quickly by swerving to the right to avoid a head-on collision but went over the handlebars as he braked to avoid a stone wall.
He landed heavily on the road and sustained a badly broken collar bone and a minor head injury (that he admits would have been much more serious had he not been wearing a helmet) and required hospital treatment and physiotherapy.
Mr. W instructed True Solicitors after his first solicitor was unable to make any progress with the claim. Unbelievably the car driver’s insurance company denied responsibility and alleged Mr. W caused the accident by going too fast and losing control of his bike!
True Solicitors have years of experience dealing with bike accident claims and knew Mr. W was not at fault however the other drivers insurance company continued to deny liability.
We agreed to act and not long after doing so secured an admission of liability together with compensation to cover Mr. W’s injuries, his lost earnings, damaged bike, and replacement helmet and cycle wear.
Manchester cyclist, Mr P, was out enjoying a Saturday morning bike ride on his Trek Madone when he was involved in an accident. He was riding across a traffic light controlled junction on a green light when a car that was travelling in the opposite direction turned right and drove into him.
Mr P was thrown from his bike and landed heavily on the road suffering soft tissue injuries to his right shoulder, elbow and thigh. The damage to his bike, which included a buckled carbon wheel, damaged derailleur and shifters, and a damaged seat, came to over £1000.
Liability was not contested as the car driver admitted he had not seen Mr P and so we set about obtaining evidence to support his injuries and losses. Soon after providing the insurance company with evidence of the damaged bike, and not more than 5 weeks after the accident, the insurance company made a global offer to settle the claim.
We advised against accepting the offer because he had not been medically examined, however Mr P accepted the offer because it fully compensated him for his losses and he simply wanted to get on with his life.
This case highlights the importance of getting professional legal advice and obtaining proper medical evidence before accepting an insurance company’s offer to settle.
Ms M was out enjoying an evening bike ride with her partner when she was knocked off her Felt Z90 road bike by a car that was being driven by a woman who was driving unsupervised on a provisional driving licence.
The car driver attempted to undertake a car that was stationary in the middle of the road waiting to turn right when she collided with Ms M who was cycling past the stationary car.
Ms M fell to the ground and suffered multiple cuts and bruises to her face, arms and legs, together with soft tissue injuries to her lower back and legs.
Ms M instructed True Solicitors and we notified the driver’s insurance company of our client’s injury claim and arranged for her to be examined by two medical experts; an orthopaedic expert for the soft tissue injuries and a Plastic Surgeon to assess the lacerations and scars on her face and body.
The insurance company quickly admitted liability and paid for the damaged bike and clothes, and made a derisory early offer of £1000 injury compensation. This type of offer is often referred to as a ‘pre-medical offer’ because it is made before the claimant has obtained medical evidence, very often with the intention of settling the claim for less than its full value.
True Solicitors advised Ms M to reject the offer and, after disclosing the medical evidence, settled the injury claim for over £15,000.
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