HELP - Cycling Accident Claim

ScreaminWargasm
ScreaminWargasm Posts: 289
edited April 2013 in Road general
Hi All,

Just wondering if anyone has ever had to make a claim against a driver after being knocked off of their bike. I would have thought my case is fairly straight forward as the driver of a van pulled directly out in front of me, causing me to crash into him at 30mph!
He was interviewed by Police at the scene and was reported for summons to court for careless driving.

My bike is trashed as is all my kit that had to be cut off at the scene. I've also spent a week in hospital having an emergency operation on my femur/hip which snapped in two! If the bone doesn't fuse together as it should do (30% chance it won't), then I'll be having an entire hip replacement at the age of 32.

I will not be at work for a very long time and off the bike for even longer which I'm truly gutted about having pre booked numerous sportives throughout the year including France!

Any advice on where I should start would be much appreciated.

Mick

Comments

  • danlikesbikes
    danlikesbikes Posts: 3,898
    British cycling if your not a member ask them who they would use for legal advice.
    Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.
  • farrina
    farrina Posts: 360
    Try here http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership/article/memst-Legal-Support-and-Assistance-0

    Good luck and sorry to hear about your mishap.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    Alan
    Regards
    Alan
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,520
    if you don't have legal cover, try one of the companies that advertise in cycling weekly...

    http://www.bikeline.co.uk
    http://www.cycle-claims.co.uk

    hope your recovery goes ok
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • bernithebiker
    bernithebiker Posts: 4,148
    30mph? You were hauling ass, dude!

    Get well soon!
  • Thanks for the replies guys, I'll check out the links.

    The added speed was from me descending a hill at the time unfortunately. At my normal speed I'd have had loads of time to stop, get off walk over to and tell the driver to pay more attention lol
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Here's a great link to follow - note the idea of keeping diary of your pains other than your hip - esp neck and back!

    viewtopic.php?f=40052&t=12722930

    If you do a search of the forum there are loads of people who have had bad accidents - especially commuters

    Get well soon
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    CTC are worth considering as well. And certainly, for future disaster, worth being a member of British Cycling or CTC.

    I've currently got two claims on the go with CTC :roll:
    Faster than a tent.......