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Case Study: LS - Knocked Off His Bike By a Car
A man has been awarded £6,000 compensation with help from JMW after he was injured after being knocked off his bicycle by a car.
Twenty-four-year-old LS was riding his bicycle along a residential street in the opposite direction to a car driver. The car pulled out across the road to make a right-hand turn, directly into the path of LS, who was knocked off his bike as a result of the manoeuvre.
The accident was witnessed by three people who stated that LS was unconscious for about two minutes and was taken to hospital in an ambulance.
LS was diagnosed with a broken left wrist and needed an operation to put in a metal plate. He had soft tissue injuries to his back and felt a bit dazed for a few days from the knock to his head.
The Claim Process
LS contacted JMW four days after the accident and his lawyer started his claim process straight away. The lawyer contacted the car driver’s insurers who initially tried to say that LS was partially to blame because he was wearing dark clothing, did not have lights on his bike and was not wearing a helmet. They offered settlement on a 50/50 basis which means only giving him half of the value of his claim. However LS’s lawyer pointed out that the accident took place on a mid-summer evening when it was light, a fact that was supported by the witnesses, plus the main injury was to his wrist which was not affected by him not wearing a helmet.
LS told his lawyer that he would be happy to accept £1,500 but his JMW lawyer advised LS that the valuation of the claim for his injuries was between £3,750 and £4,250, a figure that did not include the damage to his bicycle or the loss of earnings he had suffered as a result of the accident.
Following numerous offers of settlement and much negotiation LS’s lawyer secured a settlement of £6,000 for him which was far more than he had expected.
Have You Also Been Hurt While Riding Your Bike?
The Claims Process
Mr B, a cyclist, was knocked off his bike by another cyclist, causing him injury. He decided to make a claim and got in touch with JMW Solicitors.
Mr B, a postman, was knocked off his bike whilst travelling home. Mr B was cycling along a one way street when, as he came to the end of a junction, another cyclist emerged off the pavement and drove into him, knocking him off his bike. He decided to make a claim and got in touch with JMW Solicitors, who expertly handled his claim.
Ms S was proceeding around a roundabout on a Brompton bicycle, preparing to turn right. As she reached her exit and indicated left, a motorist did not see her, did not change their path and drove into her.
Ms V was in the cycle lane and was stationary at traffic lights, when a car approached from behind and pulled in to her right. As the traffic lights turned green, Ms V began to cycle ahead. However, the vehicle proceeded to turn left, without having previously indicated, colliding with Ms V and knocking her off her bike.
Mr D, a cyclist, was riding his bike down a main road when a motorist in a stationary car opened the driver’s door of the parked car and hit Mr D’s hand and chest, throwing him off his bike and onto the ground.
Mr G made a claim for severe injuries he had experienced as the result of a cycling accident. He was referred to JMW solicitors, where the Twisted Spokes team handled his case.