Melbourne Bicycle Accident Lawyers
At Henry Carus + Associates we will be guided by TAC regulation whenever an accident involves a motor vehicle, and use our expertise to guide an injured cyclist in getting appropriate benefits and common law compensation.
In recent years, there has been increasing evidence to suggest that there is a greater likelihood of a cyclist being injured due to the poor condition of the roadway – which usually means the relevant road authority or its contractors will be liable. This takes the cyclist into the world of public liability where the experience of Henry Carus + Associates excels.
Why Choose Henry Carus + Associates for Your Bicycle Accident Claim?
Cycling Accidents Becoming More Common
In 2008, a study by Melbourne City Council found that cyclists made up 9% of commuters in the city, according to The Age . That figure jumped to 15% in 2014, and cyclists reportedly take an even bigger share on some routes, such as Royal Parade and St Kilda Road.
Cycling’s surge in popularity has plenty of positive effects, such as environmental benefits from reduced petrol consumption and less pollution, health benefits for riders, and less motor vehicle traffic clogging Victorian roads. But there is also a dark side. More bicycles on the road mean more cyclists suffer serious injuries in accidents.
Urban bicycle accidents are said to most frequently involve turns at intersections – often when a driver turns into the path of a cyclist – while rural crashes often involve a motor vehicle striking a cyclist from behind. A study from Adelaide University found that motorists are at fault in 80% of collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles.
How Our Lawyers Help With Cycling Accident Claims
When a car, truck, or other motor vehicle collides with a bicycle, the cyclist frequently suffers serious injuries. Many injured cyclists face a long period of recovery and may be unable to work for an extended period. Some victims of bicycle accidents suffer permanent impairments that prevent them from returning to the life they enjoyed before the tragic incident.
Henry Carus + Associates
At Henry Carus + Associates, our lawyers call on our experience and familiarity with the legal system to recover the full benefits an injured cyclist deserves from all available sources. We understand the legislation that is designed to provide compensation for injured cyclists. We also understand that the system is difficult to navigate without detailed legal knowledge.
That’s where our lawyers can help. We have a success rate that exceeds 98% when it comes to helping injured people in Victoria recover the benefits they need after an accident. Some of our clients recover up to five times more than the initial offer with the help of Henry Carus + Associates.
What You Should Know About Cycling Claims
No fault benefits may include:
- Reasonable medical expenses to treat injuries suffered in the accident
- Reasonable rehabilitation costs related to the injuries from the accident
- Lost earnings caused by the inability to work while recovering from your injuries
- In-home assistance made necessary by your injuries
No fault benefits may also include payment of a lump sum if your bicycle accident injuries resulted in permanent impairment.
If the accident was due at least partly to someone else’s fault, and your injuries meet the legal definition of “serious,” you may be entitled to bring a common law claim for additional lump-sum benefits. These may include:
Common law claims often provide an accident victim with quite a bit more money than what is available in a no fault claim. The total sum may be affected by factors such as your income, your age and the severity of your injuries.
A public liability claim may be another option for recovering compensation after a bicycle accident in Victoria. For example, if a road defect or substandard highway maintenance played a role in the crash, the road authority and its contractors could be held liable in a public liability claim.
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