As keen cyclists themselves, Hewitts cycling accident team are all too aware of the dangers cyclists face on the roads, from damage to their bikes to serious, sometimes fatal, injury.
Our combined personal injury compensation experience and specialist cycling knowledge provides clients with expert advice and support across a range of cycling related injuries and accidents.
Bad driving and poor road conditions make cyclists very vulnerable on the roads. Cycling accidents can happen when drivers do not see cyclists because of:
- Blind spots
- Doors being opened by parked cars
- Drivers turning across a cyclist’s path at junctions and roundabouts
- "Too close for comfort" cases, where drivers do not leave enough room to ride safely
Some cycling accidents are caused by “black spots” or the condition of the road, such as potholes.
Even if the accident is partly the cyclist’s fault, there may still be a claim for compensation.
Our specialist solicitors are experts in investigating cycling accidents, gathering evidence to build a strong case and helping clients to obtain the compensation they deserve.
Our dedicated solicitors deal with compensation claims for a range of cycling injuries such as road rash, cosmetic injuries, facial scarring and dental injuries and even catastrophic brain and spinal injuries. The impact of a cycling accident is not always physical, the psychological trauma can be significant, leaving riders unwilling or incapable of getting back on the road. Sometimes therapy, often not available on the NHS, is required.
We only use experts experienced in legal cases to assess the extent and long-term impact of these injuries.
As our specialist solicitors also deal with cases involving complex ongoing financial loss, they can help to set up trusts and make Court of Protection and Deputyship arrangements.
Following a cycling accident, we help clients claim for any future financial losses including:
- Lost earnings from time off work
- Long term care and support
- Private medical treatment – physiotherapy, rehabilitation and cosmetic surgery
- Equipment repair and replacement - custom bikes, helmets and specialist clothing
- Travel costs if a bike is the main form of transport
- Unused sports and cycling club membership fees
- Future losses
We proactively manage cases by asking for interim upfront payments. This gives real peace of mind, providing funds to pay for expert medical care and enabling our clients to get back on their bikes as soon as possible.
If you, or a member of your family, is unfortunate enough to be involved in a cycling accident here are some guidelines to explain what to do.
Please get in touch for a free initial consultation and we can answer all your questions. We will explain how to make a no win no fee compensation claim and what to do next.
Hewitts support many regional cycling clubs and events, visit our cycling community page here.
Simon Pattison is now back on his bike thanks to Hewitts.
In 2015, keen cyclist, Simon was knocked off his bike whilst cycling through Yarm. He suffered serious injuries and was hospitalised. Simon needed to take time off work for treatment and to recover from his injuries. A local cycling shop based in Darlington recommended Hewitts Solicitors.
He said: “During the time I had off work, I was constantly thinking about the accident and asking myself questions, what could I have done differently? How am I going to move on from this? Will I recover?”
“Having instructed Hewitts to act on my behalf, I was so grateful as they took my worries away. They were professional, honest and straightforward, always with my interests at heart. As there were complex issues with two eye witnesses claiming the accident was my fault, Hewitts carried out a detailed investigation and were able to prove that those witnesses were mistaken in their recollection of my accident.”
“Hewitts settled my claim giving me renewed energy to move on with my life. More importantly, I'm back on my bike with a smile on my face, and I have Hewitts to thank.”
"They were professional, honest and straightforward, always with my interests at heart.”