Ipswich: Travelling on two wheels can bring dangers

Richard Foyster of Ashton KCJ Richard Foyster of Ashton KCJ

Thursday, June 26, 2014
2:49 PM

Legally Speaking with Ashton KCJ

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With the warmer weather and lighter evenings, this is the ideal time of year for people to get out and about on their bikes and we tend to see the region’s roads getting busier with both cyclists and motorcyclists.

It is important, however, to be aware of the risks.

National statistics show that 75% of serious or fatal cycle accidents happen in urban areas, around 75% at or near a road junction, and surprisingly, 80% occur in daylight.

If you are involved in a cycling or motorbike accident which leaves you needing medical help, you may be entitled to compensation. What you can claim for will depend on the injury and its future implications on your life, but your claim might include compensation for:

The injury itself – depending which part of your body or mind is affected and whether it is a long-term or short-term problem.

Loss of earnings, including overtime – while you are recovering or if you have to change your job or can no longer work as a result of your injury.

Replacement of damaged possessions – including your bike.

The cost of paying someone else to do things that you normally do yourself while you are recovering – such as housework and gardening.

The loss of enjoyment suffered as a result of not being able to the do the things you enjoy in life, such as going out on your bike!

It is important to seek specialist advice as soon as possible after the incident so the facts are fresh in your mind. This is also important to ensure you get appropriate medical assistance and interim payments to help with rehabilitation, care and daily living expenses while your claim is ongoing.

It is also important to remember that you don’t have to use your insurers’ solicitors if you would prefer to use a local firm.

Contact Richard Foyster on 01473 849950 or richard.foyster@ashtonkcj.co.uk for individual advice.

Richard Foyster

Partner

Ashton KCJ Solicitors

www.ashtonkcj.co.uk

This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. We would advise you to seek professional advice before acting on this information.

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