Statistically, cyclists suffer a significant level of hazards on British roads. If you were involved in a road traffic accident and another road user’s negligence caused your injury, cycling accident solicitors could help you launch a claim for compensation today. It can be easier than you think to present compelling evidence that someone else’s actions harmed you. With the right help, you could put forward a realistic claim for cycling accident damages.
In this article, we discuss the circumstances under which you could make a cycling accident claim. Perhaps you already have evidence to show personal injury and how you were knocked from your bike by the reckless driving decisions of others. We’ll discuss how proof can help.
How could you connect with cycling accident solicitors to help organise your claim?
Our advisors give free legal advice and are available 24/7. Find out what your cycling crash claim could be worth by:
- Calling us on the number at the top of the page to connect with our advisors right now
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You can find out how much your cycle accident compensation could be worth in one phone call. What’s more, if you have a strong claim, our advisors could connect you with expert cycling accident solicitors from our panel.
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- Accidents That Cycling Accident Solicitors Could Help You To Claim For
- What Will I Need To Prove For A Personal Injury Claim?
- Where Could Bicycle Accidents Occur?
- Cycling Accident Solicitors Can Calculate Compensation
- Reasons To Use No Win No Fee Lawyers
- Speak To Our Cycling Accident Solicitors Today
Accidents That Cycling Accident Solicitors Could Help You To Claim For
Road users have a duty to use the roads with standard care and skill. This ‘duty of care’ means that any road user who fails to meet the standard and injures you as a result, could be liable for those injuries.
Solicitors can help cyclists claim if they’ve been injured because of accidents involving:
- The negligence of a motorist, moped rider or motorcyclist.
- Unmaintained roads, including faults such as potholes the council is aware of but hasn’t fixed.
- Public transport, where the driver of a bus (for example) was negligent.
- The reckless riding of public e-scooters.
Claims against pedestrians and other cyclists can be difficult if no insurance has been taken out by the negligent party. However, if you’ve suffered an injury due to the negligence of a party not mentioned, our panel of solicitors could still help you.
Using a type of bicycle accident compensation calculator, we examine the two heads of damages that you can claim. One compensates you for your injuries (general damages) and the other compensates you for the financial losses that the accident created for you (special damages). Combined, this amount can form the basis of your compensation claim and we explain in detail the evidence you need to prove them.
We offer advice about how to make a personal injury claim with cycling accident solicitors. Although anyone is free to represent themselves in a cycling compensation claim, we explain how working under a No Win No Fee agreement with a solicitor from our panel can be easier.
What Will I Need To Prove For A Personal Injury Claim?
After an accident on your bicycle, you could suffer a whole array of physical or even mental injuries. The trauma of being thrown into oncoming traffic or crushed between speeding vehicles can leave you with potentially life-threatening damage. General damages can compensate you for this.
As you set out on your bike injury compensation claim, it’s essential to prove all the detrimental effects the accident has had on you. This includes a detailed independent medical assessment conducted by a GP or specialist. Their findings form the basis of a medico-legal report establishing the severity of your injuries. This report can also act as evidence of the cause of your injuries.
Appointments such as this can be arranged on your behalf by a cycling accident solicitor at a time and place that is convenient to you. The report is also used by a personal injury lawyer to value your injuries.
As well as the amounts that can be valued for your physical or mental injuries, it can be possible to take all the costs associated with your bike accident and injury into account. This can be much more far-reaching than you may have thought. Acting on the advice of cycling accident solicitors, you could be properly reimbursed for:
- Damage to your bicycle
- Time off work as you recover, causing lost income
- Medications or scar damage treatment
- Physiotherapy or chiropractor costs that aren’t covered by the NHS
- Trauma counselling if not covered by the NHS
With bills, receipts, and statements to prove these losses, you could see all of them reimbursed to you by the other side’s insurer. With this in mind, it’s essential to retain all proof linked to the financial losses.
Proof of breach of duty
In road traffic accident cases there can often be no clear-cut answer as to who was responsible. There may be a degree of blame on both sides. But it can still be possible to attribute the greater part of the responsibility to the other road user if they were to blame.
Under The Highway Code, all road users have a duty to each other to demonstrate due care and diligence on the roads. In addition to requirements such as not speeding, driving recklessly, or under the influence of drink and drugs, drivers must:
- Be in possession of the correct licence
- Have the proper MOT and third-party insurance as a miniumn
- Register the vehicle or motorcycle with the DVLA
The Highway Code outlines rules for cyclists too, such as proper bicycle lighting and hi-visibility safety clothing. Obviously, cyclists must obey the laws of the road too.
As someone considering a personal injury claim, you would need to prove the other side was at fault. Therefore you could:
- Gather witness contact details (for statements at a later date)
- Access CCTV footage (if possible)
- Request the reports from emergency crews that attended
- Take pictures of your injuries and the accident site
With this evidence added to your independent medical assessment and proof of financial losses, you could put forward a comprehensive and thorough claim for damages against the other party.
Where Could Bicycle Accidents Occur?
Bicycle accidents can happen in a multitude of scenarios. For example:
- In heavy ‘stop-start’ traffic
- In a cycle lane that follows the road
- At junctions
- On hazardous roads
Cyclists can be at risk in these scenarios. Unprotected by the steel casing of a vehicle, you could be uniquely prone to injury from other road users. The slightest nudge or bump from another car can be all it takes to send cyclists crashing onto the road or pavement. Likewise, manoeuvres taken to avoid pedestrians suddenly crossing or running into the road can mean the cyclist comes off far worse trying to avoid a collision.
Helmet camera equipment and the prevalence of CCTV can do much to protect cyclists in all these places, but you could still be injured by the reckless decisions of a motorist. Cycling accident solicitors can look at your claim and help you use evidence to aim for the highest amount appropriate in compensation.
Cycling Accident Solicitors Can Calculate Compensation
A cycling accident solicitor can also use the contents of your medical assessment to value your injuries. They can also use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to do so. This is a compendium of injuries listed in severity from head to toe. With each entry, there is an award bracket which is an amount based on previous compensation given to others with similar injuries. The table below illustrates some of the figures from the JCG:
|Brain Damage||Moderately severe||£205,580 to £264,650|
|Neck Injury||Severe (i)||In the region of
|Arm||Severe||£90,250 to £122,860|
|Back||Severe (i)||£85,470 to £151,070|
|Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips||Severe (i)||£73,580 to £122,860|
|Leg Injuries||Severe (i)||£90,320 to £127,530|
|Knee Injuries||Moderate (ii)||Up to £12,900|
|Ankle Injuries||Modest||Up to £12,900|
|Hand Injuries||Less Serious||£13,570 to £27,220|
|Psychiatric Harm||Moderate||£5,500 to £17,900|
These amounts are illustrative only. The aim is to acknowledge impacts that might vary from person to person in a way that is fair. For example, general damages take into account how that level of injury might affect:
- Pain and suffering
- Impact on personal relationships
- Increased risk of future health problems
- Loss of pleasure in life
Issues such as this can vary from person to person, so general damages try to offer a consistent and equitable amount in all cases of personal injury compensation.
Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB)
Sometimes the motorist who injures you may not have adequate insurance or any insurance at all. They may also leave the scene without exchanging contact details with you.
In cases such as this, an organisation called the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) could help. uninsured or untraceable drivers. You can approach the MIB yourself about making a claim or connect with a personal injury solicitor who can assist you. For more help, speak to our team about pursuing claims on his basis.
Reasons To Use No Win No Fee Lawyers
No Win No Fee agreements (also called Conditional Fee Agreements) are a way of funding the services of cycling accident solicitors. With no need to pay their fees upfront, your claim could start sooner than you realise. There are numerous other benefits too:
- There are no ongoing solicitor fees.
- If the claim fails, there are no fees to pay your solicitor at all.
- A success fee is due if you win, but this amount is capped by law.
As the case progresses forward, you can benefit from expert advice and experience. Solicitors can explain the legal jargon and help facilitate the proper collection of evidence. A solicitor can also help you accurately anticipate future costs. It is only possible to make one bike accident claim for each cycling accident so it can be invaluable to have professional help to anticipate and include any predicted expenses you may face.
Speak To Our Cycling Accident Solicitors Today
If you’re ready to start your claim for cycling accident compensation, we can help. We can also help if you need anything else. Simply reach out on the contact details below and after a brief, informal chat, our advisors could connect you with cycling accident solicitors to help. What’s more, there’s no obligation to proceed with the services of our panel.
- Call us on the number at the top of the page.
- Contact us via our website.
- Or use the ‘live support’ option to access immediate help.
We have more information on cycling, claiming and cycling accident solicitors below.
Why not check out more of our personal injury claims guides below:
- A guide to road traffic accident claims
- How to claim compensation after an accident on public transport
- Learn how to make a bus accident claim
- Car park accident claims
- Motorcycle accident solicitors
- What to do if you’re involved in a public transport accident
Written by WAT
Published by VIC