Motor vehicles don’t own the roads. Everyone who uses the road needs to respect others who are also entitled to use our roads.
Here at Taylor & Scott bicycle accidents compensation lawyers, we have seen an increase in accidents involving bicycles, cycles and pushbikes.
Recently the laws in NSW have been strengthened to protect bike riders. Motor vehicles have to maintain minimum distances from bicycles. These changes to the laws have been necessary because of the dramatic increase in serious injuries to bike riders here in NSW.
Accidents involving bicycles in NSW can arise in many different circumstances. Motor vehicles get too close to riders which can make a bike unstable. The bigger the vehicle and the faster it is going can cause havoc to a bike rider and cause very serious injuries as a result. Often motor vehicle drivers are not keeping a proper lookout for bike riders. Car doors are opened into the path of unsuspecting bike riders. Cars change lanes without looking. How often do we hear a driver of a motor vehicle claim “I just didn’t see the bike”? Sometimes we need to ask “Did you actually look before you changed lanes”.
Bike riders need at all times to ride defensively. Wear reflective gear particularly when riding early in the morning and in the evening. Make sure you personally and your bike are well illuminated.
Here at Taylor & Scott, we have unfortunately had to act in a number of catastrophic cases involving bicycle riders. Injuries can be devastating. Bike riders can be killed, paralysed, lose limbs. Coming into collision with a motor vehicle can have devastating effects on a bike rider. Sometimes, bike riders are injured by pedestrians. Failure by pedestrians to watch where they are walking, stepping into the path of a bike rider or jay walking, can all have devastating effects on a bike rider who is knocked from his bike.
Taylor & Scott’s bicycle accident compensation team have also acted for bike riders who have been injured as a result of dog attacks. It is not unusual to hear that a dog has chased a bike rider causing accidents and subsequent injuries. Provided we can identify the owner of the dog, we will be able to sue the owner for their negligence.
If you have been injured by a motor vehicle, motorbike, bus, truck, pedestrian or dog, you may have a claim against the greenslip insurer of the vehicle at fault or against the owner of the animal that caused your injuries.
Here at Taylor & Scott, we suggest you follow these simple rules if you are injured:-
- Call the Police to report the accident. Make sure you ask the Police for an Event number.
- Take details of exactly where the accident took place.
- Try and get details of the person who you believe was responsible for your accident.
- Seek medical help.
- Contact the bicycle accident compensation legal team here at Taylor & Scott on 1800 600 664 or complete the Contact Form on this page. We will assist you to complete the Motor Accident Claim Form that must be served on the greenslip insurer of the motor vehicle at fault.
- Remember time limits apply.
Our team of bicycle accident compensation lawyers will offer you a Free Case Assessment. We will meet with you at home, hospital or other convenient place if you are unable to meet at one of our offices. If we act for you, it will be on a no-win/no-pay basis meaning if you don’t win, we don’t get paid.
Bicycle accident compensation is not about quick settlements. It is about ensuring that you receive every dollar that you are entitled to as a result of your bike injury.
Our team of cycling accident compensation specialist lawyers are dedicated to helping you to a better future.
At Taylor & Scott “We Care For You”.