Cyclist injuries caused by defective cycling equipment injury claims.
The team at MG Legal are pleased that cycling is more popular than ever, with more and more of us, including a few of our personal injury team, taking to our bikes, and getting out there to see the sites.
The down side is that the roads in the UK are becomming more crowded on a yearly basis, and as a result, cyclists are more at risk of being injured on our roads, than at any time in history.
Traffic accidents involving cyclists occur on a daily basis, with more than a third of cyclists reporting some form of personal injury whilst on a public road, or canal path. Because of this, cyclists can now buy a range of safety equipment to help protect them in the event that they are involved in a road traffic accident, or even if they simply suffer a fall due to slippery, muddy or rough terrain.
The importance of cycling safety equipment.
A 2017 study found that in that year almost 4000 cyclists were either killed or seriously injured, with over 70% of fatalities having “moderate to serious” head injuries. The importance of wearing a helmet in particular, cannot be overstated. Whilst bicycles have become more and more technologically advanced over recent times, they still consist basically of the same components, a frame, handlebars, wheels, chain, brakes and pedals. You can add to this additional safety gear such as helmets, lights and reflectors, knee and elbow pads, shoes and tough Hi-Vis clothes to make you visible but also to protect you in the event of a fall. Just as for car owners, it pays to keep your bike and equipment in good order to minimise the risks of anything failing. However, as with any other mass produced items, failures do occur, and cyclists are left injured as a result of defective safety equipment.
What is defective cycling equipment personal injury?
The concept is very much as it says in the title: if you are a cyclist who has been injured, or more seriously injured than you would have been if your equipment had not failed, you are entitled to seek compensation for the injuries. This can be broken down into two categories:
1. Items you have purchased from a retailer and which fail within an unreasonable amount of time. Everything, over time, succumbs to wear and tear and so, of course, nothing is meant to last forever. However, if you purchase, say, a cycle helmet and it fails to protect you in a crash as it should you, you are likely able to make a claim against the retailer under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 on the grounds that you purchased the item in good faith and it was faulty. This applies to all aspects of your bike and related gear, so if the brakes on your brand new mountain bike fail, or if the bolts fixing your bike together are loose and fall apart, injuring you, this is strong grounds for a claim for personal injury compensation.
2. Sub-Standard cycle repairs. Some repairs that are carried out to our bikes turn out to be sub-standard. Again, your rights are detailed in the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and so, if you take your bike to a reputable repairer or cycle centre for repair work, a ‘service’ or any other work and it leaves their care with a serious fault which causes you to crash, such as misaligning the brakes or not tightening the wheel onto the forks, you can pursue your claim for personal injury compensation, against the repairer.
As ever, each incident is different and so, if you believe you have been injured because of defective cycling equipment, please get in touch with MG Legal’s specialist cycling accident personal injury solicitors to discuss how we can help you pursue a claim for personal injury, and repair or replacemebt cycle cost, on a no win no fee basis, with no financial risk to you.
What types of injury do cyclists sustain?
As protection on a bicycle is minimal, injuries can be varied, although the most common our cyclist accident personal injury solicitors have dealt with are:
Head and brain injuries including fractured skull and brain injury;
Neck and shoulder injuries including dislocated shoulders and broken clavicle;
Arm and hand injuries, these can be broken bones, soft tissue injuries or cuts, bruises and lacerations;
Back injuries including fractured vertebrae and slipped disc;
Internal injuries, such as perforated internal organs;
Hip and pelvis injuries including pelvic fractures, dislocated hips and bruised coccyx;
Leg injuries including broken bones, dislocated kneecap, soft tissue injuries, cuts bruises and lacerations;
Foot injuries including broken toes and metatarsals, broken and dislocated ankles.
Whatever the injury you sustain, MG Legal have a wide range of direct access medical experts ready to assess your injuries so that your dedicated specialist personal injury solicitor can settle your claim on the best possible terms for you and your family.
Why choose MG Legal for my cycling accident claim?
MG Legal’s expert personal injury solicitors know that the time immediately following a cycling accident can be highly stressful. This is why every claim we accept is taken on a no win no fee agreement with no financial risk to you, our injured client.
When MG Legal act for you in relation to a cycling accident claim, your own dedicated solicitor, with the help of our bespoke Claim Form, will help make the process as simple as possible so that you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries without having to constantly provide further information to us. When you choose MG Legal, you are more than just a number- to our friendly, dedicated team you are a valued client, and one that we will look after until your cycle injury claim is settled.
If you are struggling as a result of lost wages, or if you are self-employed, a loss of income, as a result of a cyclint accident, then our personal injury solicitors can ask the insurers of the party at fault for the accident, for an interim payment, that will enable you to pay the bills, and get you back on your feet again.
Contact us by phone, email, web-call back form or pop in to see any of our solicitors at our offices at Longridge, Lancaster or Garstang for a same-day, no-nonsense, free of charge, assessment with one of our personal injury specialists.