When Can a Cyclist Claim Against a Motorist

When Can a Cyclist Claim Against a Motorist?

Cycling on the roads comes with its inherent risks, especially when sharing space with motor vehicles. If you’re a cyclist involved in an accident with a motorist, it’s essential to understand your rights and when you can make a claim against the driver.

  • Negligence: One of the primary grounds for a cyclist to claim against a motorist is if the driver was negligent. This could include actions such as speeding, running a red light, failing to yield, or driving while distracted. If the driver’s negligence contributed to the accident and your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation.

  • Failure to Follow Road Rules: Motorists are required to follow specific rules and regulations when sharing the road with cyclists. If a driver breaches these rules, such as by failing to give cyclists enough space when overtaking or cutting off a cyclist at a junction, they may be held liable for any resulting accidents.

  • Dangerous Driving: In cases where the motorist’s actions go beyond negligence and constitute dangerous driving, such as reckless overtaking or aggressive manoeuvres, cyclists may have strong grounds for a claim. Dangerous driving poses a significant risk to cyclists’ safety and warrants legal action to hold the driver accountable.

  • Contributory Negligence: It’s essential to note that in some cases, both the cyclist and the motorist may share some degree of fault for an accident. However, even if the cyclist is partially responsible, they may still be able to claim compensation, although the amount awarded could be reduced to reflect their contribution to the accident.

  • Legal Assistance: Navigating the complexities of a cycling accident claim against a motorist can be challenging, especially when dealing with insurance companies and legal proceedings. Seeking the advice of a knowledgeable personal injury solicitor who specialises in cycling accidents can greatly improve your chances of a successful claim.

If you’re a cyclist who has been injured in an accident involving a motorist, it’s crucial to understand your rights and explore your options for seeking compensation. By knowing when you can claim against a motorist and seeking legal assistance, you can protect your rights and receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

Our team has decades of combined experience in successfully advising and representing clients in personal injury cases resulting from cycling accidents. We are sympathetic and understanding and are here to help you every step of the way.

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