Cycling is a very popular activity in the UK. While some cycle out of necessity, some choose to cycle to work, some use cycling to get fit, and some choose to cycle to be more environmentally friendly. While it would be nice to think that riding a bike is safe all of the time, cycling accidents do happen and often involve other road users and vehicles like lorries, cars and buses.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident caused by somebody else, you may be eligible to make a bicycle accident claim for compensation.
In this guide to claiming compensation for a bicycle accident, we’ll look at the personal injury claims process, explain what type of accidents could lead to a claim, and give you some idea of how much compensation for a cycling accident you could get.
Table of contents
- When Do You Need To Make A Cycling Accident Claim?
- Cycling Claim Examples
- How Much Compensation For A Cycling Accident Can I Claim?
- Cycling Injury Compensation Calculator
- Time Limits For Claiming Injury Compensation For A Bicycle Accident
- Using A Personal Injury Solicitor To Make A Bicycle Accident Claim
It is important to understand that all road users owe each other a duty of care to try and keep each other safe on the roads. That means they must use the roads safely, pay attention to others around them and not act aggressively. To be eligible to claim compensation for any cycling injuries you sustain, you’ll need to prove that:
- The other road user was negligent in some way; and
- You were injured because of their actions.
We’ll look at some types of negligence that might make you eligible to claim for a bicycle accident later on. However, regardless of how the accident happened, you should try and take steps to help prove what happened, who caused the accident and how you suffered. There are many ways to do this including:
- Asking for the contact details of any witnesses to the bicycle accident.
- Seeking copies of dashcam footage or CCTV footage if there is any.
- Visiting A&E to have your injuries treated if an ambulance wasn’t called.
- Reporting the cycle accident to the police if the accident happened because of dangerous or aggressive driving.
- Take pictures at the accident scene to show the road layout and where your bike (as well as the other vehicles) ended up.
- Swapping details with the other road users involved and noting their vehicle registration number.
All of this information could go some way to substantiating a bicycle accident compensation claim if you go on to make one. We are happy to go through any evidence with you to see if you’re likely to have a successful claim. Please call our specialists on 0800 6524 881 if you would like to discuss your options.
While bicycle accidents can simply just happen, if all road users drive or ride with care and attention, avoidable accidents and injuries shouldn’t happen. However, you’ll probably have witnessed negligence on the road on many occasions. Here are some cycling claim examples where you could claim compensation:
- If a vehicle driver misjudges the distance and pulls out of a junction in front of a cyclist and causes a collision.
- Where the cyclist is hit by a car door by a driver or passenger and knocked off their bike.
- Where a vehicle driver changes lanes or turns off the road without realising a cyclist is present.
- Dangerous or reckless driving (which can include speeding, drink driving or drug driving).
- Cyclist hit by a car and knocked off bike in a roundabout accident due to careless driving.
Remember, as well as proving that the other road user was responsible for your bike accident, you must be able to prove the extent of your injuries in a cycling accident claim. Therefore, we would always advise you to visit a minor injuries unit, your GP, or a hospital for treatment.
If you’d like to see how we could help with your claim, call our team today.
Bicycle and cycling accident claims are made up of many different elements. That means it’s difficult to calculate how much compensation for a bicycle accident you might be paid until everything has been reviewed by a specialist. To give you some idea of what could be included in a claim, take a look at the following list:
- Personal and psychological injuries.
- The cost of repairing or replacing your bike.
- The replacement cost for any personal property damaged in the cycle accident.
- Any other expenses linked to your injuries such as care costs or loss of earnings.
When you get in touch with our team, a claims advisor will listen to what’s happened and explain your options. They could ask a solicitor how much your bike accident might be worth. Our advice is free so why not give us a call to start the claims process today? If your case is suitable, we could appoint a No Win No Fee solicitor right away.
In this section, we’re going to consider how much compensation could be paid for a cycling injury. As we have alluded to already, settlement amounts will vary because they are linked to the severity of your injuries. Therefore, while you can use our cycling injury compensation calculator below, the settlement amounts should be used for guidance only until your case has been properly assessed.
Also, it is important to point out that we can help you claim if a loved one has been involved in a fatal accident. While no amount of money will cover your loss, claiming compensation could help you cope a little better with expenses such as funeral arrangements. It’s especially true if you and your family relied on the victim financially.
Due to the number of different injuries from a bicycle accident that are possible, they’re not all listed in our compensation calculator. If you’d like to know what your injury could be worth, please call today for a free case review. Also, please remember these figures are average compensation estimates only. Should your case be won, there is no guarantee that you’ll receive the figures listed above.
When making a bicycle accident claim as an adult, you’ll have 3-years to do so. This, in most cases, will begin from the date the accident happened, or from when the injury caused by the accident was diagnosed. One exception is where child cyclists are injured. If that’s the case, a litigation friend can represent them in a claim. The time limit does not apply so long as the claim is started before the child’s 18th birthday. If no claim is made, when the child becomes an adult, they’ll have until their 21st birthday to file their own claim.
Where a cycle accident claim is started and the defendant admits liability for everything straight away, the whole case could be settled in a few months. However, many cases involve negotiation over blame or injuries and require further evidence. Where this is the case, the amount of time required to finalise everything can go beyond a year.
We advise that you start your cycle accident claim as soon as possible. By doing so, you’ll give your solicitor plenty of time to collate all of the evidence needed to support your case. Furthermore, you’ll find the process easier while everything is still fresh in your mind.
Please call today and ask for a free review of your case. There’s no obligation to proceed and you won’t be charged for our service even if you don’t go on to claim.
We believe a personal injury solicitor gives you the best opportunity of making a successful bicycle accident claim. If your case is strong enough, we could appoint a solicitor from our team to represent you. They will present your case to the defendant’s insurer in a clear and professional manner. Furthermore, they’ll deal with any queries or objections that may be raised by the defendant. Throughout the claims process, you’ll be able to contact your solicitor if you have any questions and they’ll let you know about any progress regularly.
If you are ready to start a claim today, call us on 0800 6524 881. When you do, everything will be clearly explained and your case review will be carried out over the phone right away. Remember, all bicycle accident claims that we take on are processed on a No Win No Fee basis which allows you to relax because you know you’ll only pay solicitors fees if your case is won.
Last updated 14th August 2021.