By James Vincent. Last Updated 17th December 2020. No matter whether you are an avid cyclist or you simply go out on your bike for a bit of exercise now and again, you are putting your faith in other drivers. There is no denying that cyclists are the most vulnerable on the roads. You could have all the protective gear available, but there is no way of telling what damage another vehicle could do if it were to hit you.
If you have been involved in a cycling accident cases that was not your fault, pursuing compensation could be a suitable course of action. Why should you have to suffer due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness? Throughout this guide, we are going to discuss Cycling accident in greater length. Outlining steps to take, factors to consider, and more importantly, how a personal injury solicitor could be of assistance.
Here at Accident Claims, we could help you to secure the payout you are entitled to. After speaking to our team, one of our advisers could assign you to the best cycling claims solicitors for your case. We have an excellent track record and have worked on many British cycling claims. Read our guide below for more information, and you will also find our contact information at the end, should you have any further queries. However, if you feel that you are ready to speak with an adviser and begin your case, please call us on 0800 073 8801.
Select a section:
- An introduction to cycling incident and injury claims
- What is a cycling injury?
- If you have been involved in a cycling accident, find out the steps you need to take
- Starting the cycling accident claiming process
- Claiming for a cycling accident that has happened while at work
- Statistics regarding cycling accidents
- FAQ: If I have been knocked off my bike by a car, can I claim compensation?
- What damages can I claim for after being involved in a cycling accident that has resulted in an injury?
- The most common causes of cycling accidents
- How much compensation will you get if you have been involved in a cycling accident that has resulted in an injury?
- What are 100% No Win No Fee cycling accident claims?
- Why Accident Claims should be your first port of call when making a claim
- Call Accident Claims today to start your claim or to get free, no-obligation advice.
Unfortunately, many different types of injuries could be caused due to a cycling accident. In some cases, a cycling accident could be a blameless turn of events. However, if you happen to be involved in a cycling accident due to another’s fault, you could have grounds to seek compensation. You may also have grounds to claim if someone you love has suffered a fatal accident.
Within the guide, you will find all of the details you need regarding claiming, including plenty of bicycle accident claim tips, as well as further information on specific accidents, such as securing knocked off bike by car compensation. Throughout this guide, we aim to answer the following questions:
- What is a personal injury claim?
- How can a personal injury solicitor help me?
- Could a solicitor offer to handle my cycling accident claim?
- I am having issues finding affordable representation. Are there funding options available?
- What is a No Win No Fee agreement?
- Should I begin my case within a specific timeframe?
By the time you have read this guide, you will have the answers to the questions listed above, plus many others. In the meantime, If you have any queries regarding the information supplied, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are here to help.
A cycling injury is any type of damage that was sustained while an individual was cycling on their bike. This could be an accident that has happened because a car has collided into a person and their bike. It could happen because a teenager was trying to do tricks and ended up hurting themselves. It could happen because of sheer carelessness. Either way, it simply means that the injury occurred while cycling. Of course, in order to make a cycling accident compensation claim, the accident must have also been someone else’s fault – not your own. You must also begin your claim within a certain timeframe.
As we previously mentioned, you must begin your claim within a specified timeframe in order for it to be successful. For cases involving adults, you would have 3-years from the accident date to start your claim and seek compensation. Alternatively, the 3-year time limit would start from the date a delayed diagnosis (caused by a negligent party) is confirmed by a medical professional.
Failing to begin your claim with the allocated timeframe may affect the eligibility of your case. However, please note that there are exceptions to the limitation period. For instance, a litigation friend will be appointed to handle claims involving children under the age of 18 and to act on their behalf. In contrast, under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, those who lack the mental capacity to pursue their own case can have a litigation friend act on their behalf.
If you are unsure where your case meets the criteria listed above, please speak to one of our advisers today.
While the fate of your case will primarily lie in your solicitor’s hands, there are some actions that you can take to strengthen your case. A prime step you could consider is collecting evidence. Gathering the necessary evidence is critical for a successful outcome. Here are some of the steps to take:
- Get the details of the person who owns the vehicle if you have collided with a car, as well as noting the make, model and registration number.
- Get the contact details of any witnesses.
- Take photographs of the scene.
- Take photographs of your injuries if they are visible.
- Keep a record and proof of any expenses that you have been subject to because of your accident.
- Make a note of everything that has occurred.
- See a doctor – This is vital for your health and your chances of securing compensation.
Naturally, you may be feeling unsure where to start with cycling injury claims. We can assist you with that. It is as simple as giving us a call, and we will handle the rest so that you have nothing to worry about.
When you call our team, we will provide a free consultation, which gives us both the chance to ask each other some questions. This is nothing for you to get anxious about. We are only going to ask queries so that we can fully understand what has happened and advise you in the best possible manner.
Not all cycling accidents happen during an individual’s personal time; some people cycle because it is part of their job. Delivery men and women often cycle when handing out leaflets and small postage items. If you have suffered a cycling accident while working, determining who to claim against depends on the type of accident that has happened. A collision with another car will result in cycling accident claims against the other driver.
In contrast, if the accident has happened because you were given a faulty bike or insufficient training from your employer, they will be responsible for what has happened. You may be nervous about making a claim against your employer, but there is no need to be. All employers are required, by law, to have insurance in place to cover such incidents. So, if you have suffered due to your employer’s negligence, please contact our team today.
Cyclists and motorbike users are inherently at a disadvantage on the road, as they do not have access to various safety features found in other vehicles, such as seat belts, airbags, and the vehicle’s shell soften the impact. Therefore, when accidents involving cyclist occur, the outcome can be devastating.
2018 statistics published by the Department for Transport (DFT) state that 99 cyclists died on British roads, and 3,707 individuals were seriously injured or harmed. These are the most current statistics provided by the DFT.
Some other statistics you may be interested in are as follows:
- Three-quarters of fatal cycling incidents involve major head injuries.
- Men make up 80 per cent of cyclist casualties.
- 80 per cent of cycling incidents happen during the day.
- Three-quarters of cycling accidents happen at or near to a road junction.
- Rural roads are where half of the fatal cycling accidents happen.
- Three-quarters of severe or fatal cycling incidents happen in built-up and urban areas.
If another driver has knocked you off your bike due to carelessness or dangerous driving, you would have considerable grounds to make a compensation claim. To successfully secure a payout, you will need to show that the driver was at fault and that you did not cause the accident. Perhaps the driver was not paying attention? Or, maybe they were driving too fast and too recklessly? We have years of experience handling cycling accident compensation claims, and we can help you to get the full amount of compensation.
What damages can I claim for after being involved in a cycling accident that has resulted in an injury?
Understandably, you may consider taking legal action if you have been involved in a cyclist accident that wasn’t your fault. You may also question what damages you could claim for and whether a personal injury solicitor could assist you. When seeking compensation, it is crucial to outline that damages are often broken down into two categories:
General Damages – often awarded to those who endure physical or psychological trauma.
Special Damages – often awarded to those who endure a financial loss. Special damages can take into account:
- Medical costs – including any counselling expenses
- The cost of travel – can cover the cost of public transit if you are unable to drive your car and need to take public transit.
- Loss of income – your potential earning has been significantly reduced or affected by your accident.
- Care costs – If someone has had to assist around the house while you recover, they will be able to file a claim for care. This includes friends and family members.
With a personal injury solicitor by your side, they’ll use their wealth of knowledge and experience to ensure you receive an accurate amount of compensation for the damages you’ve endured. Why not reach out and speak to one of our advisers to discuss your potential case and to determine whether a solicitor could take on your claim?
We look forward to speaking with you.
There are many different reasons why a cycling accident could happen. Here are some of the most common:
- A cyclist could ride into the path of a vehicle.
- Motorists could turn across the path of a cyclist.
- Motorist emerging into the path of a cyclist.
- A pedestrian walking in front of a cyclist.
The Department for Transport (DFT) outlined in their 2018 report that cyclist-related incidents in Great Britan had increased by 21% from 2008. The report also outlined that numerous factors could cause a collision of this nature; here are some examples:
- Travelling too fast for the conditions.
- Driving carelessly.
- Drivers being impaired by alcohol.
- Poor manoeuvres and turns.
The road surface itself may also be an attributing factor for cyclist accidents. For instance, potholes, obstructing debris, or uneven road surfaces could cause an oncoming cyclist to fall and injure themselves. The city council would be responsible for maintaining public pathways and roads (unless it falls onto private land).
Therefore, it is city councils duty to ensure public roads and pathways meet the required safety standards. Failing to adhere to these standards could cause hazardous conditions, such as potholes, to go unnoticed. In return, this could cause a cyclist to crash or fall, and the council could be held responsible.
A No Win No Fee solicitor could offer to handle your cycling accident claim, so long as you can provide evidence. Within the sections that follow, we look at various forms of evidence you could provide and answer critical questions.
How much compensation will you get if you have been involved in a cycling accident that has resulted in an injury?
You may come across a cycle accident compensation calculator online when searching for legal representation. There is no doubt that these tools are very popular. However, inputting a few minor details about your case is never enough to give an accurate estimate. If you have used one of these tools, we advise that you take the amount you have been quoted very lightly.
It is vital to recognise that compensation amounts do differ quite considerably. It all depends on the individual circumstances of your case. After all, all cycling insurance claims are different, and they are handled as such. However, to give you a better understanding of the payout you may receive, you can refer to the table below, which shows average cycling accident compensation amounts based on the sustained injury.
|Why are you claiming compensation?||Some extra notes||The typical payout for this sort of injury|
|Less Serious Leg Injuries||This refers to soft tissue damage, a brake or a fracture to the leg, which has caused a lot of discomfort and pain.||Up to £11,110|
|Moderate Leg Injury||Such injuries to the leg result in movement being restricted and disability. The level of an award within the bracket will be influenced by the extent of treatment undertaken; impact on employment; the presence or risk of degenerative changes and/or future surgery. The individual may have a life-long prognosis.||£26,050 to £36,790|
|Leg Injury (Amputation of both legs)||This refers to an amputation of one or both legs. Where the amputation occurs, i.e. whether it is below or above the knee, is also considered when determining the payout amount.||£225,960 to £264,650|
|Severe - mild wrist injury||This refers to cases whereby there is no function in the damaged wrist. The amount you receive depends on how long it takes you to make a full recovery.||£44,690 to £56,180|
|Moderate Shoulder Injury||Most individuals will have moderate pain due to soft tissue damage or a frozen shoulder with limited movement.||£7,410 to £11,980|
|Serious Shoulder Injury||Some common symptoms for these injuries include paralysis, limb numbness, and movement being restricted, with both the neck and shoulder being affected.||£11,980 to £18,020|
|Severe shoulder injury||The individual will also have some tissue damage to the neck for their injury to fall into this category. As a consequence, elbow and arm movement may also be limited.||£18,020 to £45,070|
|Minor Back Injury||This amount of compensation is likely for muscle pain, a slipped disc, or a soft tissue injury. A full recovery is made within three months.||Up to £2,300|
|Moderate Back Injury||The individual is likely to be in constant discomfort and/or pain due to soft tissue or ligament damage to the back.||£26,050 to £36,390|
|Severe Back Injury||This refers to injuries that relate to the organs or have caused paralysis.||£85,470 to £151,070|
|Mild head injury||The individual may suffer lasting effects due to their injury, but they will not have any brain damage.||£1,500 - £9,500|
|Moderate Brain Damage||Some side effects of injuries like this include a change in personality, mental disability, and loss of feeling in certain limbs.||£140,870 to £205,580|
|Severe Brain Damage||This is for the most severe brain / head injuries. Individuals in this case will typically be unresponsive.||£264,650 to £379,100|
Within the table above, it discusses general damages in greater length. However, as we previously mentioned, any financial loss you have endured could be factored into your case. Losses of this nature are referred to as Special Damages, and you would be required to provide evidence to support your claim. Thankfully, you can provide various forms of financial documentation to support your case, such as bank statements, credit scores, and receipts. You will also be required to provide evidence to support any physical or psychological trauma you’ve endured, which can be achieved by attending a medical assessment.
Here at Accident Claims, we can help organise a medical assessment with an impartial professional. By attending a medical examination, you will be asked numerous questions relating to your injury. The professional will also examine the severity of your injury and determine whether there are any future implications. The information collected from the assessment will be placed in a report that can value and support your claim.
To receive an estimated figure that takes into account the inquire characteristics of your case, please reach out and speak to our team. By clicking the live chat feature on the right side of the page, you can speak to one of our advisers in real-time. Not only can our personal injury claims team offer free legal advice, but once they have listened to the factors that make your case, they could offer an estimated figure and connect you to a No Win No Fee solicitor.
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Not all solicitors operate to the same payment structure. For instance, some solicitors will charge per hour, while others operate to a No Win No Fee scheme. With a solicitor that charges per hour, you will be billed based on their time, no matter the case’s outcome. However, countless experts acknowledge the benefits of a No Win No Fee agreement. Most importantly, No Win No Fee agreements alleviate the financial burden associated with the claims process, allowing people to focus on what matters, seeking justice and recovery.
A No Win No Fee agreement may also be referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
Thankfully, our solicitors operate on a No Win No Fee basis. Therefore, if a solicitor offers to handle your case, you would have access to the following benefits:
- If the solicitor does not win your case, then you are not obligated to pay anything in the form of legal fees.
- At no-point, while the claim is on-going would you be required to pay a surprise fee.
- There are no start-up costs. Allowing you to begin your case as soon as possible.
- No Win No Fee means you will pay the solicitor an agreed percentage of your compensation. Therefore, you only pay if compensation is secured, and don’t worry, it is capped by law.
Why not reach out and speak to our personal injury claims team to discover whether a solicitor could handle your case under a No Win No Fee agreement? We look forward to hearing from you.
You have many options available to you when it comes to launching a cycling accident claim, which can be an overwhelming experience. Thankfully, we are here to navigate you through the entire process. Should you choose Accident Claims to handle your case, we will be there for you every step of the way.
“Our solicitor’s operate on a No Win No Fee agreement and have up to 30 years of industry experience.”
Not only is our service 100% No Win No Fee, but our advice is available free of charge, and we match all of our clients with solicitors that have at least 30 years of experience in the industry. We are also incredibly understanding. We know that you are going through a strenuous time, and we will always be sensitive to that. Our team are incredibly sympathetic to you and your situation, so we are here to help you every step of the way.
If you have any questions or you would like some cycling accident claim advice, all you need to do is get in touch with our friendly and experienced team, and they will help you in any way they can. Our helpline is always open – seven days a week, 24 hours a day – so you can speak a convenient time for you.
- Call us:< 0800 073 8801.
- Enquire online: Click here to use our online form.
- Email us: send us an email to email@example.com to begin your claim today.
- Online Chat: Click the icon on the right corner of the page to speak with an adviser.
The advisor you are connected to can also assist if you are ready to begin the claim process. All you have to do is reach out and speak to our team, and the rest will fall into place. Thankfully, our claims team are well versed in personal injury law. Therefore, if they believe you have a valid case, they will match you to the best No Win No Fee solicitor possible – ensuring you are in the right hands.
Hopefully, this guide has answered a lot of your questions, but we may know that you may need some extra details, and these links should prove helpful…
Naturally, you may consider researching into road traffic cases, why not read our guide? We offer valuable information.
If you have endured whiplash from a car accident, please check out our guide to learn more.
There are many people that are unaware they could take legal action if they’ve been the passenger in a car accident that was caused by negligence.
This link enables you to download the THINK! CYCLIST toolkit. THINK! CYCLIST is a campaign that has been launched by the government in an attempt to lower the number of pedal cyclists that are seriously injured and killed on the roads.
This link also takes you to the UK Government website. Here you will find statistics and information on road safety, casualties and accidents per year. Publications date back to 2010.
Finally, this link takes you to the website for the THINK! CYCLIST campaign so that you can learn more about it and what it entails. There are also some good safety tips on this website too.
Cycling Accident FAQ’S
How many cyclists are killed each year?
The DFT reported that 99 cyclists died on British roads in 2018.
Do I need to find a solicitor in my hometown?
A solicitor can offer to handle your claim, regardless of your location. Your solicitors will keep you updated by speaking over the phone, sending emails, or by meeting in person.
Can cyclists report drivers?
You can report a driver for careless or dangerous driver to the police. In order to do so, you will need vehicle information, such as the vehicle’s make, model, colour, and registration number.
Updated: 15th of December 2020