If you have been involved in an accident while on your bike, and it can be proven that the accident was caused by another person’s action or inaction, then you could be able to claim for compensation to cover any loss that you have suffered. If a pedestrian steps out in front of you without looking, then you are able to claim from them, and similarly, if a pedestrian lets their dog walk out in the road in front of you, then you could also have a right to claim compensation from them.
You will need to instruct a specialist solicitor, because they will have a deeper understanding of the intricacies of this area of law. Doing so could mean that you receive a compensation figure that means you don’t have to worry about meeting mortgage payments, even if you are unable to work. Attempting to represent yourself in these cases is not only challenging, but may mean that you lose a compensation claim on a technicality, and not because you are not entitled to the money that you have tried claiming.
Dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs, and even if they are walked on a lead, this means that it is down to the owner to ensure that they do not cause an accident or injure somebody. Pulling across the pavement and into the road not only means that there is the hazard of the dog, but there is also the dog lead that can essentially act like a tripwire.
Being thrown from your bike is not a nice experience, and it can lead to serious injuries as well as damage to your bike and other items. Injuries can range from relatively minor soft tissue damage to much more serious brain or spinal injuries. The most serious injuries can leave you handicapped for life, or they could mean that you are forced to claim on behalf of a lost relative. It is important that you claim because you are entitled to the money.
Even a broken ankle can take several months to heal and fix properly, and this may mean that you are unable to work or earn money. Statutory sick pay will usually barely cover the very basics, and it may not even be enough to meet mortgage repayments or monthly rental costs. You could struggle to get around, without having to pay transport costs, and you may need to pay to have somebody come in and take care of you and the house. These are all costs that should be included within your compensation figure.
Hopefully, you will be able to make a full recovery following you accident, and your compensation is meant as a means of ensuring that you can do so without the worry of not being able to pay bills. If you won’t make a full recovery, then your compensation is used for much more and this should be taken into account by your solicitor.
Call Carry On Cycling on 0333 777 3280 to determine whether you have a case to claim against a dog owner. They are a team of professional solicitors that are also keen cyclists, so they will look after you from beginning to end, ensuring that you enjoy a full claim management service.