Remember Your High-Vis

With this fantastic summer weather (so far – not wishing to jinx it!) and the light and warm evenings, we are seeing many more people getting out and about on their bikes and as such 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. Many people wear high visibility clothing at dusk but few feel the need to wear it during the day which may well contribute to them not being very visible to motorists – hence the high percentage of daylight accidents.    

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, whether it causes a long-term or short-term problem, loss of earnings - including overtime –  whilst you recover from the accident, replacement of damaged possessions – including your bike, the cost of paying someone else to do things that you normally do yourself such as housework and gardening and 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.

Roger Loomes
T: 01473 849949
E: roger.loomes@ashtonslegal.co.uk
Roger has over 30 years legal experience and is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.