Bicycle Accident & Injury Compensation

Many Irish cities and towns have a prominent cycling community, with recent statistics suggesting that as many as 39,000 people commute by bicycle every day in Dublin alone.

Whilst cycling is beneficial to the health, unfortunately, road accidents and injuries involving cyclists are common.

At Gibson and Associates, we are highly experienced in dealing with Irish cycling accident claims. Our friendly and approachable team will assist you through every part of the claim to ensure you receive exactly the amount of compensation you deserve.

To speak to a member of our legal team, give us a call on 1890 989 289, email us on info@gibsonandassociates.ie or fill out our Online Enquiry form and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

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Types of Cycling Accident Claims

There are many different circumstances that may lead to a cycling accident. These may include:

  • Collision with another vehicle during a commute
  • Collision with another vehicle whilst cycling for enjoyment
  • Injury caused by falling from a bicycle due to unsafe road or pathway
  • Mountain cycling accidents
  • Professional cycling accidents

The Importance of Claiming Compensation For Cycling injuries

Unlike many other road users, cyclists are rarely covered by insurance, which means cycling accidents are not only detrimental to a victim’s health but can also have a huge impact on personal finances. Victims may find themselves having to pay for expensive medical bills, and accidents that cause a victim to take time from work may lead to a loss of earnings.

In their nature, bicycle accidents can be very serious. Cyclists tend not to wear as much protective clothing as motorcyclists, and speeding cars and negligent drivers can cause great amounts of harm to road users wearing only helmets for protection.

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What to do After a Bicycle Accident

If you are involved in a cycling accident, it’s important to remain calm and attend to any urgent medical needs first. Once these have been dealt with, it’s important to collect the following information if possible.

  • Where the accident took place
  • What time the accident took place
  • Who was involved in the accident
  • How the accident happened
  • Contact details of any witnesses
  • Garda details, including the incident number
  • Photos of the accident scene
  • Any video/head cam footage of the accident

After you have received any medical treatment needed, it’s important you retain all details of your injuries along the treatment received.

This information will help you when you come to make a compensation claim. The more information you have, the better equipped you will be when it comes to starting legal proceedings to claim any compensation you deserve. However, depending on the exact circumstances of your bicycle accident, you may not be able to collect this information in its entirety. You may still be able to make a claim without everything listed above, but bear in mind that the more information you have, the better.

How to Claim Compensation for Bicycle Injuries

In order to start a claims process, you must present the details as listed above to a trained legal representative. Depending on what type of cycling accident you have been involved in, you may need more information, but your solicitor will be able to advise you individually based on your case. They will also talk you through how much you will be liable to claim in compensation.

Safety Tips For Cyclists on Irish Roads

Accidents do happen, but there are many things you can do to ensure your safety when using your bicycle on Irish roads.

1. Wear a Helmet

Irish law states you must wear a protective helmet when riding your bicycle on Irish roads. Make sure that you use a helmet that has never been involved in an incident before, and if you are involved in a fall, make sure you change your helmet before riding your bike again. Helmets that have already received an impact are no longer suitable for protecting your head from future impact.

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2. Wear Reflective Clothing

Reflective clothing such as jackets or bibs helps cars notice you on the roads. They are particularly important at night time although can be equally as important during dark winter days. Yellow or orange are best colours for highlighting your presence to other road users. It’s also wise to wear reflective strips on your wrists and arms so that you’re easily seen when indicating to turn in the dark.

3. Install a Headlight on your Bike

It’s important you use a headlight on your bicycle, especially if you cycle during darker hours. Make sure it’s bright enough and big enough to be seen by other road users and use it consistently when daylight is dim.

headlamp bicycle

4. Indicate Clearly and Consistently

Use your arms and hands to indicate your movement clearly to other road users. Be 100% consistent in your use of indication, even if you don’t see any other road users around. It is your responsibility as a cyclist using roads to let other road users know where you are going.

5. Don’t Stop in a Car’s Blind Spot

If you’re waiting in a traffic queue, don’t wait in a car’s blind spot, but wait behind them. This will ensure cars behind and in front of you will be able to see you clearly, and this will minimise your chances of collision.

Helmet Cams – Are They Useful?

Using cameras to capture vehicle journeys are fast becoming a must-have accessory for many road users, and ‘helmet cams’ have proven to be especially popular with cyclists – especially those who commute on their bicycle.

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Helmet Cams are small cameras that are fixed to the helmet of cyclists, capturing footage of their journey as they travel. They are particularly useful for helping prove who is at fault if an accident should occur, and for people using their bicycle as their main form of transport, they can be a great reassurance.

Useful Online Irish Cycling Communities

Ireland is lucky to have a huge range of active and prominent cycling bodies, supporting the cycling community and providing a huge amount of information about the sport in general. We have listed the details of each below for your information.

1. IrishCycle.com

IrishCycle.com is an extremely comprehensive information site, featuring news articles and statistics about cycling in Ireland, as well as opinions and views from experts and keen cyclists in the country.

2. CyclingIreland.ie

Cycling Ireland is the National Governing Body for the sport of Cycling, and the website contains a huge amount of information aimed at professional and sports cyclists. It also features a range of information about general cycling in Ireland.

3. DublinCityCycling.ie

This website is an information hub for anyone who wishes to cycle in Dublin. It features cycling maps, advice on how to keep safe when cycling in the city and much more.

4. DublinCycling.ie

Dublin Cycling are an ‘independent, voluntary group’ who aim to promote improved conditions for cyclists in Ireland, as well as greater recognition of the benefits of cycling. Their website has a wealth of information about cycling in Dublin, cycling advice and information on their current campaigns.

5. SafeCyclingIreland.org

This website is aimed specifically at cyclists in Ireland, and features a huge amount of information about how to keep safe on Irish roads. It also has information for drivers of cars and other vehicles about keeping Irish cyclists safe. Staying Safe on your Bicycle

Claim Cycling Compensation With Gibson & Associates Today

At Gibson & Associates, we have been resolving personal injury* matters across Ireland for many years. Our experienced solicitors are dedicated to helping and offering you guidance at every stage of the compensation claim process. For more information about our solicitors and our claims process, take a look at our ‘Why Choose Us’ page.

Get in touch with us today on 1890 989 289, email us on info@gibsonandassociates.ie or fill out our Online Enquiry form and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

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