Cyclist knocked off his bike awarded £26,261.86

Neil McGranaghan

Boyd Rice Solicitors were instructed to act on behalf of Mr B in relation to his injury claim.

Our client instructs that he was cycling as part of a large group of club cyclists. He was cycling a road bike with cleats and was wearing appropriate cycling gear. Our client had cycled from Newtownards and just as he was entering Donaghadee he was struck by a van from behind. The collision threw him from his bicycle onto the road. Thankfully he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, however the force of impact caused serious injuries and damaged his bicycle and cycling clothing.

Our client was taken by ambulance to the Ulster Hospital.  He had a series of examinations including an x-ray to his lumbar spine and a CT scan of his chest, abdomen and pelvis. These examinations identified a compression fracture of the body of his L1 vertebrae with 25-30% loss of vertebral height. Our client was admitted to hospital overnight. He further sustained cuts to his elbow, knee and shin as well as bruising to his hip region.

Clearly our client was seriously injured in the accident and it was important to get a full understanding of his injuries before taking all relevant steps to ensure that he received proper compensation together with recovery of the costs of any additional medical treatment required.

Our client’s bicycle was damaged beyond repair. Early discussions took place with the at fault driver’s insurer and we recovered the value of the bike together with the cost of a replacement helmet and clothing meaning that our client could get back on the road when he was ready to do so.

In addition, our client required 10 weeks off work and we recovered all loss of earnings.

Court proceedings were issued on our client’s behalf and the case resolved without the need to attend Court. Liability was quickly established and therefore our aim was to ensure that our client was fully compensation for the injuries he sustained in the accident. The case resolved constructively following discussions with the Defendant insurer’s legal team in the sum of £23,000 in respect of the injuries sustained together with £3,261.86 in respect of bicycle damage and replacement clothing.

Following the successful conclusion of their claim our client commented as follows;

“From the outset Neil McGranaghan guided and advised me throughout the process. Any concerns or queries I had were dealt with promptly (usually within the hour). Delighted to receive a cheque to cover damage to bike and clothing after only 8 weeks. Now the case has come to an end I must say I’m well satisfied with the damages cheque I’ve received. I honestly would not have any reservations in recommending Boyd Rice Solicitors to any of my friends.”

Neil McGranaghan is a specialist cycling accident Solicitor. It is important to receive expert guidance if you have been seriously injured in a cycling accident. We offer a free initial consultation. Please contact Neil by phone on 02891 817715 or by email neil@boydricesolicitors.com