Cyclist Fatal Accident Claims Explained
19 June 2019
Road accidents can have devastating, life changing and even fatal consequences for any road user, but cyclists are particularly vulnerable. If you have lost a loved one in a cycling accident, it can be difficult to know what to do and who to turn to. It's likely that you will need to deal with the police and the coroner, and you could also have grounds to bring a Fatal Accident Claim against the person responsible for causing the accident.
To make things a little simpler, we explain exactly what to expect during the corner and inquest process as well as how to take the first step in a Fatal Accident Claim.
Dealing with the Coroner
Losing someone close to you in a cycling accident can be shocking and a traumatic loss to suffer, which usually comes without warning. The involvement of the coroner can be an additional source of worry for some. However, there is no need to be concerned about dealing with the coroner, particularly if you have specialist legal representation from a Coroner and Inquest Solicitor.
In the UK, 45% of all deaths are reported to the coroner, and this includes all deaths caused by a road accident. The role of the coroner is not to assign blame, but simply to establish who has died and how, where and when they died. They may need to carry out a post mortem and/or an inquest hearing to establish these facts.
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Taking the First Step in a Cyclist Fatal Accident Claim
If the coroner finds that your loved one's death was caused as a result of the actions of another person or was unnatural, then you may have grounds to make a Fatal Accident Claim. The first step you need to take is to get in contact with a Personal Injury Solicitor who specialises in Fatal Accident Claims and Cyclist Accident Claims.
Our solicitors can provide you with free initial advice and guidance, to help you take that first step, and help you understand what claims might be made like funeral expenses and loss of the deceased's income. We will carry out a free assessment of the claim, including the circumstances in which the accident happened. There's no obligation for you to instruct us to take on your claim, and we will fully explain what options you have.
If we do take on your claim, then we'll fully support you throughout the claims process, providing advice, guidance and representation every step of the way. We'll ensure that a thorough investigation is carried out, with no stone left unturned, and we'll gather all the necessary evidence to support your claim.
We will then negotiate on your behalf to secure a fair compensation settlement for you and your family. We'll work to make the claims process as smooth and as quick as possible for you.
Where possible, we will also secure any financial support that we can for you while your claim is ongoing. This could include arranging interim payments, securing bereavement awards for the cyclist's spouse or civil partner, or making a claim for financial dependents.