Legal service for cyclists launched

Syd Smith has cycled to work for 30 years and knows the dangers cyclists face

CYCLISTS injured in accidents on Scotland’s roads now have an new legal service to turn to.

Cycle Law Scotland is a new branch of Thompsons Solicitors, one of the largest personal injury firms in Scotland, and specialises in providing Scotland’s cyclists with unrivalled, specialist, personal representation with accident claims.

“If a cyclist is involved in an accident through no fault of their own and suffers injury or damage to their cycle and cycling equipment, it’s important they seek expert legal advice as soon as possible,” said Syd Smith of Cycle Law Scotland, who has been cycling to work for 30 years.

“By seeking legal advice from Cycle Law Scotland, injured cyclists can benefit from our in-depth knowledge of personal injury compensation, road traffic law and cycling.”

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), around 16,000 cyclists are killed or injured in road accidents across the UK every year – a statistic which Syd fears could rise over the next few years.

“As a result of soaring fuel prices, innovative cycle-to-work schemes and people discovering how enjoyable cycling can be, there are increasing numbers of cyclists on our roads. Increased numbers, unfortunately, leads to increased risk of injury through accident and, with little by way of protection, cyclists can often sustain serious injury requiring expert legal help.”

The new arm of the firm follows the summer launch of  Motorcycle Law Scotland, which is aims at bikers.

“At Thompsons, we recognise that specific groups of road users require specialist legal representation and it’s a natural step to extend our services to cyclists,” continued Syd.