If you are a cyclist, you are one of the most vulnerable road users. And the increasing popularity of cycling has also meant a significant increase in cycling accidents. The most recent study published by the Road Safety Authority shows cycling accidents up 59% year on year.
Most cycling accidents happen in built-up urban areas and, unsurprising in this context, Dublin has by far the largest proportion of accidents * involving bicycles followed by Cork, Galway and Limerick. The vast majority of cycling accidents * involve another vehicle, where someone on a bike is struck by a car or goods vehicle. Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) are a particularly hazardous for cyclists as they are prone to blind spots which make cyclists difficult for HGV drivers to see.
Instigating a cycling accident claim
If you are a cyclist who has been injured as a result of the negligence of a driver of another vehicle, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injuries * suffered as a result. As insurance is mandatory for all motor vehicles on Irish roads, it is generally the negligent driver’s insurance company who will be responsible for dealing with any claim arising.
In rural areas, the hazards involved in cycling are different; narrow roads, bad road conditions and loose animals on the roads all pose particular challenges for cyclists. If you suffer an accident as a result of a badly designed or constructed road feature, the local authority may be responsible for any claim for personal injuries * suffered by you as a result. Where loose or stray animals are the cause of an accident, the owner may be liable for your accident and may be covered under farm or household insurance for any claim arising.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.