Cycling Accident Compensation
If a cyclist has been injured or killed in an accident that was not their fault, bike riders have the same rights as vehicle drivers to claim compensation for their injuries sustained from an accident.
We understand that even if the cyclists do the right thing and wear the right protective gear and following the road rules, it is found they are not always visible. If you have been injured whilst riding your bike it is a possibility to claim compensation for the injuries, you had sustained in the accident.
There are many factors contributing to bicycle accidents:
As it is known that some drivers are careless or inattentive when driving. Drivers can be fined if found on any electronic device. Distracted drivers are a hazard to cyclists, pedestrian and other cars. When on your bike, you should always have your eyes on the road. Cyclists looking down at their devices are increasing the chance of an accident occurring.
Speeding vehicles can contribute to cycling accidents. As it is understood, the faster your car is going the longer your braking distance. Long braking distance can be the silver lining between hitting a cyclist or not. While bikes don’t go as fast as cars, it doesn’t mean bikes are to go as fast as you can. Serious injuries and death can be linked to the speed of travel.
An intersection or merging lanes
A cyclist has the same responsibilities as vehicles to follow the road rules when merging or at an intersection. Extra care from both cars and bicycles will increase the chances of avoiding an accident.
Sidewalk, Parking lot and Driveways
Sidewalks, parking lot and driveways tend to be smaller and confined compared to other public roads. In small and confined spaces, it is much harder to avoid an accident and also there is a higher risk of accidents occurring. When riding or driving in this area it would be recommended to take extra caution when in small and confined spaces.
In Australia, too many cyclists are either injured or killed on the road due to reckless or negligent drivers. Other cyclists and pedestrians can contribute to the cause of accidents, along with poor weather, poor road conditions or just bad luck.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident and it was not your fault you may be eligible to make a compensation claim. If it was gross negligence or a mistake it is still the other party’s responsibility.
Making a Claim
Get in contact with our Brisbane local team and speak to our claims consultant. When negotiating your entitlements your lawyer will consider:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expense
- Out of pocket/ other expenses
- Equipment for recovery
- Loss of income
- Loss of future income
- Psychological impact
If you have been in an accident whilst riding your bike, our dedicated team at Unlucky Accident Claims can help you receive compensation on a No Win No Fee basis. We offer a free, no-commitment consultation call. Speak to one of our specialised on 1800 865 825 or you can request a call back online.
When you share details regarding your accident and injury with our team and they will find a specialist in your area who specialises in bicycle accident compensation claims. Our bicycle accident injury lawyers will be able to provide personal legal advice and give you a better idea of how successful your claim will be.
What to do first
If you were involved in an accident with a vehicle, make sure you advise the authorities as soon as possible:
- Do not accept responsibility on the scene- they may be at fault
- Driver’s name, address and vehicle registration
- Witness details
- Take lots of photos
- Seek medical attention
- Keep damages clothing and equipment
If you’ve been unlucky, call our dedicated team for a no-obligation consultation on 1800 865 825, or alternatively, you can request a call back online.