With increasing traffic congestion and an increased focus on fitness, there has been a corresponding increase in the number of people using bicycles. Unfortunately, this has also led to an increase in the number of people having bicycle accidents and making injury claims.
If you or a member of your family has suffered a personal injury from a bicycle accident due to negligence of another party in a road traffic accident, you may be entitled to claim for compensation for injury and loss.* Mulroy and Company Personal Injury Solicitors, specialise in personal injury claims and we are help to help.
Over the years Mulroy and Company Personal Injury Solicitors have acted for many claimants involved in bicycle accidents. Some of the cases involving bicycle accidents can be far from straightforward. Often the other party will often deny liability and almost always allege contributory negligence on the part of the cyclist.
Mulroy and Company Solicitors are in a position to advise you if the settlement offered is fair for the loss and injury suffered as the result of a bicycle accident.
Often, after a road traffic accident occurs, the injured party is discouraged from seeking the assistance of a solicitor or is put under pressure from an insurance company to accept a settlement.
However, it is vital that before accepting any personal injury compensation from an insurance company that you obtain advice from a personal injury law firm. The insurance company is most likely making an offer to settle the case now as it fears it may have to make a higher offer in the future.
It is vital to remember that insurance companies employ a wide range of experts from claims managers, motor vehicle assessors, actuaries and medical advisors to represent them.
The advice from Mulroy Personal Injury Solicitors is simple – Never settle a personal injury claim without obtaining legal advice.
If you have had a bicycle accident, Mulroy and Company Personal Injury Solicitors will be happy to advise you on any questions or queries you may have. We are here to help. Please do not hesitate to telephone us at 091 – 586760 or email us to discuss your claim.
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What causes bicycle accidents?
The leading cause of bicycle accidents are drivers not paying due attention. Sometimes, a cyclist can get caught in a blind spot, a driver turns right into the path of a bicycle travelling in the same direction, a driver rear-ends a cyclist, a driver opens a door in front of a bicyclist, or the cyclist swerving to avoid animals.
Bike accidents can also occur when cyclist hit potholes, manholes etc.
I have just had a bicycle accident. What should I do?
If you are involved in a bicycle accident, it is important that you follow the below guidelines;
(i) Avoid moving the bicycle from the scene of the road traffic accident if possible.
(ii) Telephone the Gardaí to attend at the scene of the road accident.
(iii) Take a photograph of the accident scene including the damage to your bicycle and the other vehicle involved and the positions of the bicycle and vehicles relative to one another and their position on the road relative to any landmarks.
It is also important that if there are skid marks on the road or broken glass or other debris from the accident that you take photographs of these also, including if possible, their location on the roadway.
(iv) You may be shocked and upset following the bicycle accident and you may be the subject of intimidation from the other party. However it is important that you do not admit liability at the location of the accident.
(v) Obtain the following information:
a) Name and address of the driver.
b) Details of the vehicle including make, model, registration number etc.
c) Details of the Insurance Company and policy number of the other driver/drivers;
d) Name of the Garda who attended the scene of the accident;
e) Details of any witnesses who witnessed the bicycle accident;
Who can you make your Claim against?
If you are injured by another road user in a bicycle accident, you will bring your claim against that road user.
However, liability can also arise if an injury results from potholes, manholes etc. In this case the Local Authority or a contractor may be liable.
Mulroy and Company Solicitors will advise you on the liable party.
Why choose choose Mulroy and Company Solicitors?
We promise a speedy response when you first contact us. If you decide to proceed with a claim, we will advise you on how to proceed and give a realistic estimate of the likely outcome.
We will process your claim as quickly as possible.
Mulroy Personal Injury Solicitors are here to help. Please do not hesitate to telephone us at 091 – 586760 or email us to discuss your claim.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.