Compensation For Client Knocked Off Bike
25 October 2019
Mr. C was cycling with three friends when a car that was travelling in the opposite direction turned right and knocked him off his bike. Mr. C’s road bike was damaged beyond repair and he sustained multiple cuts and bruises and soft tissue injuries to his shoulder, wrist and neck.
The claim should have been straightforward because there was little doubt about who caused the accident, however the car driver would not accept she was responsible and so her insurance company refused to pay out.
Even though we obtained evidence to prove our client’s claim; witness statements from Mr. C’s friends and from the driver of a passing car who was kind enough to stop, together with a report from the police who attended the accident scene, the insurance company still refused to deal with Mr. C’s claim.
It was not until court proceedings were commenced and a date set for trial at York County Court that the insurance company realised the futility of its position and settled Mr. C’s claim in full. This included compensation for his injuries, a replacement bike, damaged clothes and equipment, and loss of earnings.
Mr. C was very pleased with the eventual outcome, but was baffled and angry by the insurance company’s attempts to avoid paying his claim. “I could not believe that a simple claim where the other driver was so clearly at fault could turn out to be so complicated. True Solicitors were recommended to me and I would certainly recommend them to anyone else based on their knowledge of these types of cases and excellent service”.
“This case highlights the problems that can be encountered by cyclists even when the accident circumstances are apparently straight forward.
Insurance companies are quick to deny claims in the hope that injured cyclists, who very often do not have legal expenses insurance, will give up. This happens too often because taking an insurance company to task by starting court proceedings is complicated and costly.
We acted for Mr. C on a ‘no win no fee’ basis which meant there was no financial risk to him and he did not have to pay anything upfront.” – Paul Drabble – Partner
True Solicitors have over 20 years’ experience working with cycling accident claims. We have recovered compensation for clients who have suffered a range of injuries from minor cuts and bruises and whiplash, to fractured bones, ligament and tendon damage, and head injuries. We will handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.