Moffat & Co Solicitors

Moffat & Co Solicitors
Accident Compensation Claim Solicitors Scotland
PO Box 28287
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH9 2WU
Telephone:
0131 662 6988
Fax:
0131 667 8175

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Moffat & Co Solicitors Over 25 years of experience at your service

Cycle Accident Claims

Free-wheeling why cyclists are just as vulnerable to injuries on the road

Why cycle?

With greater awareness of our carbon footprints and the increasing costs of running a car, more and more people are taking to the roads on their bicycles. Many local councils are actively encouraging their road users to use two wheels instead of four. In Richmond, London, the council has set up a 'Smarter Travel Cycle Ambassador Scheme', which encourages confident cyclists to offer help to those who would like to cycle on the roads, but were perhaps too nervous to do so. Within weeks of opening the scheme, over 50 of these 'ambassadors' had volunteered to mentor nervous cyclists and feed records of their progress to the local council.

Is cycling dangerous?

According to the Department for Transport, the number of households owning bicycles has increased by 47% over recent years. However, it is easy to understand the reluctance of some people to embrace cycling, when you consider the risks involved in cycling on the roads. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), between 60% and 90% of cycling accidents on the road go unreported. Of those that are reported, apparently there has been an increase by 10% of the number of accidents in which cyclists are killed and the number of accidents in which cyclists are seriously injured are up by 2%. In addition, RoSPA estimates that there are around 150,000 accidents per year that take place away from the road.

What if I'm injured?

In the event of an accident, the most important thing to do is stay calm. Although the driver of the vehicle that hit you may be at fault, it pays to remember that he may genuinely not have seen you. Instead, you should focus on yourself and ascertaining the extent of your injuries. If your injuries are severe and you are able to, you should call an ambulance, although it is more than likely that the driver or other witnesses will already have done so. To reduce complicating your injuries, you should restrict your movement and try to explain to someone nearby what you think your injuries are.

Legal procedures

If you are involved in a road accident, you are legally required to report the incident to the police. Not only does this create a record of the incident, but it also prevents later complications, should you be in the position to make a claim. Your immediate priority is to find out as much about the other person involved as possible; name, address, car registration and their insurance details. You should take your claim to an injury specialist solicitor who will advise you on whether it is worth pursuing or not. In the event that it is, you may find you are able to claim for a number of things outside the ramifications if your injury. These may include repairs to or the replacement of your bicycle or even damages to or the replacement of property that has been damaged or destroyed as a result of the accident. It is always worth placing your case in the hands of a specialist, especially if there are complex matters to be resolved within the framework of the claim.

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Testimonials

Since contacting Stan I was continously informed of the development and progress of each step of my claim. Stan was persistent and patient throughout the whole process and reassured me he would win me the compensation I deserved - and he was true to his word. I am extremely happy with the outcome of my claim and this is all thanks to Stan.

Sarah

My case was dealt with personally by Stan Moffat and what a brilliant guy. His office contacted me personally by telephone at the start of my claim to explain who they were and what they would be doing for me. All through the case I was kept fully informed of all actions either by e-mail or by letter and reassured by Stan several times of any queries I had.

It is very seldom that a solicitor will take the time to speak personally at any time with you without getting run through secretaries etc. I commend this man for that as this was a very upsetting and important time for me and he did everything in his power to make this as easy and as swift as possible for me.

I highly recommend the service that this firm brings and the speed that they move at.

J McMahon

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