Compensation has been awarded in two separate cases concerning members of cycling clubs. One cyclist was killed and the other injured.
Rod Robinson was killed after being involved in an accident with a car, whilst cycling with his club in August 2003. The driver of the car had initially admitted liability for the accident, but the insurance company later decided to fight the case. Once expert evidence had been obtained, however, the insurance company agreed to settle the claim, and a six-figure sum was recovered on behalf of Mr Robinson’s wife.
In a separate incident, Liam Hallam was out training with his cycling club in February 2006 when he was injured at a railway crossing. His front wheel became lodged in a large gap in the crossing and he was sent flying over the handlebars. As a result, Mr Hallam suffered severe bruising to his knee and strained his shoulder. Fortunately, he recovered from his injuries fairly quickly, although his training schedule was affected. Mr Hallam won an undisclosed figure in compensation for the accident.
If you have been injured as a result of an accident on the road, whether you were a cyclist, pedestrian or other road user, you may be entitled to compensation.