Don’t let accident leave you out of pocket

Siobhan McWhinney, Ashton KCJ solicitors.

Siobhan McWhinney, Ashton KCJ solicitors. - Credit: supplied

Cycling and motorbike injuries are a timely topic for solicitor Siobhan McWhinney, of Ashton KCJ.

At this time of year, when the weather is improving, we see the roads getting busier with cyclists and motorcyclists.

With a number of bank holidays coming up, it is the ideal time for people to get out and about on their bikes or motorbikes.

National statistics show that 75% of serious or fatal cycle accidents happen in urban areas, around 75% at or near a road junction and, surprisingly, 80% in daylight.

If you are involved in a cycling or motorbike accident which leaves you needing medical help, you may be entitled to compensation. What you can claim for will depend on the injury and its future implications on your life, but your claim might include compensation for:

The injury itself – depending which part of your body or mind is affected and whether it is a long-term or short-term problem.

Loss of earnings, including overtime – while you are recovering or if you have to change your job or can no longer work as a result of your injury.

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Replacement of damaged possessions – including your bike.

The cost of paying someone else to do things that you normally do yourself while you are recovering – such as housework and gardening.

The loss of enjoyment suffered as a result of not being able to do the things you enjoy in life, such as going out on your bike!

It is important to seek specialist advice as soon as possible after the incident so the facts are fresh in your mind.

This is also important to ensure you get appropriate medical assistance and interim payments to help with rehabilitation, care and daily living expenses while your claim is ongoing.

It is also important to remember that you don’t have to use your insurer’s solicitors if you would prefer to use a local firm.

Siobhan McWhinney, a solicitor with the Ashton KCJ personal injury team, deals with cases ranging from small value claims to multi-million pound settlements. Telephone 01473 849950 or email her at for individual advice.