Compensation Claims When Using Cycling Accident Solicitors

By Danielle Coleman. Last Updated 22nd December 2022. 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?

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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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Select a Section

  1. Accidents That Cycling Accident Solicitors Could Help You To Claim For
  2. What Will I Need To Prove For A Personal Injury Claim?
  3. How Long Do I Have To Make A Bicycle Accident Claim?
  4. Where Could Bicycle Accidents Occur?
  5. Bicycle Accident Claim Payouts
  6. Bicycle Accident Claim Payouts – Claim With A No Win No Fee Lawyer
  7. 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.

What Will I Need To Prove For A Personal Injury Claim?

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.

How Long Do I Have To Make A Bicycle Accident Claim?

If you would like to make a bicycle accident claim, it must typically be started within the personal injury claim time limit. The Limitation Act 1980 sets this as three years from the date of the accident. However, there are some circumstances that will suspend the time limit.

Time limit suspensions include:

  • If someone under the age of 18 suffers injuries in a cycling crash, then the time limit is suspended until their 18th Once it ceases to be suspended, they will have three years in which to bring a bicycle accident claim. However, while the time limit is suspended, a litigation friend could start a cycling crash claim on their behalf.
  • Someone who lacks the mental capacity to claim, such as if they suffer a brain injury when knocked off a bike by a car, or they had a pre-existing condition, will not be able to start a bicycle accident claim without a litigation friend acting on their behalf. However, should they regain their mental capacity, the time limit of three years will apply.

Call our advisors to start your bicycle accident claim today.

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.

Bicycle Accident Claim Payouts

If your claim for compensation for being knocked off a bike is successful, you could be awarded both general and special damages.

General damages is the amount awarded to claimants for the pain and suffering their injury has led to.

To show you what you could receive in general damages, we have included a table showing bracketed figures from the 2022 Judicial College Guidelines. These figures should not be taken as guaranteed as every claim is assessed indivdually.

InjurySeverityAward Bracket
Brain DamageModerately severe£219,070 to £282,010
BackSevere (i)£91,090 to £160,980
Neck InjurySevere (i)In the region of
£148,330
Leg InjuriesSevere (i)£96,250 to £135,920
ArmSevere£96,160 to £130,930
Injuries to the Pelvis and HipsSevere (i)£78,400 to £130,930
Hand InjuriesLess Serious£14,450 to £29,000
Psychiatric HarmModerate£5,860 to £19,070

Knee InjuriesModerate (ii)Up to £13,740
Ankle InjuriesModest Up to £13,740

Bicycle Accident Claim Payouts – What Else Can You Include?

You may be wondering about the average compensation for being knocked off a bike due to negligence. However, knowing the average compensation may not be helpful to you due to the many variables that can impact bicycle accident claim payouts.

Road traffic accident claims compensation could include special damages, through which you could recover any costs you incurred due to your bicycle accident. You must, however, be able to supply proof. This could mean presenting your payslips for loss of earnings if your injuries resulted in time off work. Other examples of what could be claimed for under special damages includes:

  • Damage to your bicycle
  • Medications or scar damage treatment
  • Physiotherapy or chiropractor costs
  • Travel costs

Talk to our road traffic accident claims team for advice on what costs you could recover as well as what evidence you could present to support special damages.

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.

Bicycle Accident Claim Payouts – Claim With A No Win No Fee Lawyer

We cannot provide the average compensation for being knocked off your bike, as many factors will affect your payout in a successful claim. However, a lawyer could help you secure the correct amount of compensation for your injuries as well as make sure that you are claiming for everything you are entitled to under special damages.

Some lawyers may require high upfront costs, which could put some off claiming. However, not every lawyer charges upfront for their services.

Bicycle accident claim payouts could be sought with the services of a No Win No Fee lawyer. Their services may be provided under the terms of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is a type of No Win No Fee.

A No Win No Fee lawyer typically won’t ask you to pay upfront fees or cover ongoing costs. If your lawyer helps you secure compensation for your bicycle accident, a success fee will be taken from your award. This will be legally limited. Should your bicycle accident claim fail, you usually won’t be expected to pay your lawyer’s fees.

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.

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