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Home > News > Cyclist struck by car at roundabout receives road accident compensation

17th December 2012

Cyclist struck by car at roundabout receives road accident compensation

On his usual route to work through a busy traffic area, our client was negotiating his way around a traffic roundabout when the rear of his bike was struck by the defendant’s vehicle, throwing him and the bike into the air. The accident caused our client to suffer several injuries. He asked our specialist road accident compensation lawyers to represent him in bringing a claim for road accident compensation following his cycling accident.

Although the defendant admitted liability, the insurer refused to negotiate an acceptable sum in compensation for his injuries and we were forced to issue court proceedings. After advising our client to reject an initial unacceptable offer, and through continued fierce negotiation, we were able to secure a five figure sum in road accident compensation prior to the trial date.

Cycle accident

Our client had been negotiating the roundabout when the defendant’s vehicle hit his bike towards the rear. The defendant had failed to allow time for our client to pass safely, even though he had the right of way.

He was thrown into the air and, after completely somersaulting over the top of the car, landed heavily on the road, still astride his bike. Fortunately, he was wearing full protective clothing, including a helmet, which went some way to reducing his possible injuries. However, the cycling footwear he was wearing and which were clipped to the pedals, meant that he did not become detached from the bike.

Injuries caused by cycling accident

Our client was taken to hospital for treatment but was initially advised that there were no broken bones. His request for an x-ray was refused and he was given painkillers, advised to keep it elevated and apply an icepack, and discharged.

Several days later, when he was still unable to walk and still in considerable pain, he visited his GP who immediately sent him back to the A&E department for an x-ray. This confirmed that at his initial examination, hospital medical staff had missed the presence of a fracture. He had in fact suffered an undisplaced fracture in his foot and his leg was put in a plaster cast below the knee.

Consequences of road traffic accident injuries

Unfortunately, the fracture did not heal as quickly as would normally be expected, and a second cast was applied. In all, our client was unable to work for many months, and for much of that time was unable to walk or drive.

He was able to carry out light duties only for some months following his return to work, and continues to suffer pain from his injuries. He has lost considerable mobility and flexibility in his foot and ankle.

Making a claim for road accident compensation after cycling accident

Clear Answers’ solicitors are waiting to provide you with expert legal advice. Our specialist road accident compensation lawyers have extensive experience in all types of road traffic accident compensation claims.

If you or a family member has suffered any kind of personal injury through no fault of your own, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and to talk you through the claims process in plain English. Alternatively, please complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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