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 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 that 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.
About McCarthy + Co
With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including road traffic and cycling accident claims. We are a family-run business, who pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial and helpful advice.
Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork but we have worked with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.
Get expert advice on instigating a cycling accident claim today, by contacting our highly experienced solicitors. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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