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Cycling Accidents Abroad Claims
From road cycling trips and training holidays in countries with a milder climate than that of the UK, to challenging mountain biking excursions, international cycling trips to Europe and other destinations such as the US, Thailand and India are increasingly common.
There is always the risk of falling off your bike wherever you cycle, but there are situations where someone suffers an injury through no fault of their own while cycling. In these cases, like with cycling accidents in the UK, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
If you have sustained an injury in a cycling accident abroad and it was caused by somebody else’s negligence, our expert solicitors can help you to make a claim internationally. We have helped many travellers who have sustained injuries while cycling in another country to claim by providing comprehensive and easy-to-understand advice and guidance.
How JMW Can Help
We have expertise in both international accidents and cycling accidents. Our specialist cycling injury solicitors will work in collaboration with our accidents abroad team to take a “best fit” approach when it comes to securing compensation to help you get back on your bike as quickly as possible. If required, we can use our links with lawyers around the world to strengthen your claim with specialist technical legal advice from the country where your accident occurred.
Our team will provide you with the expertise required to make a successful claim for a cycling accident abroad, and have helped many cyclists who have sustained an injury in some of the world’s most popular cycling destinations, including Spain, Italy, France and the USA.
If your accident resulted in damage to your bicycle, we can make sure that any claim you make includes an allowance for the cost of your damaged bike and gear. This means compensation will take into account the cost of your bike’s repair or its replacement, so that you don’t need to be concerned about additional outlay on a new bike or parts for something that was not your fault.
Medical Treatment for International Cycling Accidents
If you are travelling abroad to cycle, we would advise that you ensure you take out comprehensive travel insurance with sufficient cover to meet the cost of medically necessary treatment.
Regardless of where you travel, if the cost of your treatment is not covered by insurance, your medical bills may be costly. Making a claim for a cycling accident abroad may be able to cover these treatment costs.
Making a Claim for a Cycling Accident Abroad
Common types of cycling accident claims we have handled abroad include:
- Claims against drivers following a road traffic accident abroad
- Claims against other cyclists whose negligence has caused an accident
- Claims against rental companies if an accident involves faulty rental equipment
If you have been injured while on a cycling tour abroad, you may be able to claim under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. These regulations enable travellers on a package tour to make a claim against the tour operator, who is responsible for the services it has provided and the suppliers.
It is often possible to make your cycling accident compensation claim under English and Welsh law. We will discuss the specific circumstances of your accident and advise you on how we are best able to pursue your claim and what the issues may be.
FAQs About Cycling Accidents Abroad
How much compensation can I claim?
In some cases, English law applies to the level of damages; however, depending on the circumstances of your accident, it may be the international law that determines how much compensation you will receive. We will advise and guide you.
Is there a time limit to making a claim after a cycling accident abroad?
The standard time limit to make a claim in England and Wales is three years from the date of the accident. However, different countries have different time limits and it is therefore important for you to make a claim as soon as possible after your accident. For example, in France, you have 10 years to make a claim, while in Spina, there is a one-year time limit.
You should seek expert legal advice to make sure you don’t miss a relevant time limit and the chance to claim compensation that is rightfully yours.
Do I need to instruct a foreign solicitor to make a cycling accident abroad claim?
The solicitor you instruct to handle your cycling accident abroad claim will depend on a range of factors, including which country you were injured in, how your trip was arranged and how the injury occurred.
That’s why it is important to discuss your options with a solicitor as soon as possible as prompt action will enable your solicitor to help gather evidence and conduct any necessary legal work at an early stage to give you the best chance of success.