Can I claim compensation for a mountain trail biking accident?
If you have suffered injury in a mountain trail biking accident we may be able to assist you on a no win, no fee basis. Call us on our free helpline on 0808 139 1606 or send the details of you claim to [email protected].
There has been an increase in the number of people taking up mountain biking following the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns. Particularly popular has been the extensive network of forestry and hill trails throughout the UK. The easing of restrictions has led to the reopening of bike parks and seen an influx of novice and inexperienced riders taking up the sport, alongside those who are already proficient.
This has resulted in a demand for bigger and more complex bike parks and downhill trails. But the nature of the sport can leave riders exposed to risk of serious injury. So what is the legal position if something goes wrong? Can you claim compensation for a mountain trail biking accident?
Can I still claim if I have signed an accident disclaimer?
Many mountain trail bike riders assume that signing an acceptance of risk form prior to their ride prevents them from making a compensation claim should an injury occur. However, this is not the case. Compensation can still be claimed where an accident is caused by the negligence of an instructor, a leisure company or the Forestry Commission – even if you signed a disclaimer. You may also be able to make a claim where the accident was caused by the carelessness of another cyclist.
What should I do if I am involved in an accident that was not my fault?
It is advisable to gather the details of any other party involved, including their insurance details. It is also beneficial to take the details of all those who witnessed the incident. We would recommend that you inform the owners of the trail, or the police if the incident happened on public land.
Take photographs of the injuries sustained and of the scene of the accident. Keep any bike or helmet camera footage relating to the incident.
You should then seek professional legal advice from solicitors who are experienced in this area law.
For a free claim assessment and details of No Win, No Fee funding contact us on 0808 139 1606 or via our email address at [email protected]