Cycling accidents - common pitfalls and how to avoid them

A young woman and her bicycle

With bicycle sales booming during the Covid-19 lockdown, it is perhaps likely that we will see a surge in people cycling to and from their workplaces as more people edge towards a return to work. While there will, no doubt, be significant personal health and wider environmental benefits resulting from this, there are a number of hazards on our roads, which cyclists need to be careful of.

In the event that you are or have been involved in an accident while cycling, you should take advice from a specialist personal injury solicitor, such as Allan McDougall Solicitors, as to whether or not you may be entitled to claim for compensation. As cyclists are considered vulnerable road users in terms of the Highway Code, they are offered some additional protections when compared with other road users, but have responsibilities too.

In a series of four articles we look at some of the common pitfalls that have arisen in cycling accident litigation, and what cyclists can do to protect against them.

Although these pitfalls can all have potential to result in a less than full compensation recovery, it is rarely the case that all is lost in terms of a claim for compensation, should one or other of them arise. Often negotiation and legal argument will play an important part in determining the level of compensation achieved. It is therefore important to seek legal advice from a specialist firm of solicitors to provide appropriate advice and to negotiate on your behalf, should you be injured in any circumstances.

Flat success fee of just 10% till June 2021

Allan McDougall Solicitors is home to a team of solicitors who are highly trained and experienced in personal injury and cycling accident compensation claims. We are currently offering a flat success fee of only 10% to those who have been injured in cycling accidents, which is significantly less than other law firms’ usual fees. This offer is valid until June 2021. If we are able to apply successfully for legal aid funding on your behalf, no success fee will be deducted from your award of compensation.

Unite and Usdaw trade union members always retain 100% of their compensation because their claims are funded by their union, one of the many benefits of joining these trade unions.

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