Cycling Accident Claims Guide – How Do I Make A Claim? – How Much Cycling Accident Compensation Will I Get? – Compensation Amounts Guide

By Marianne Blackthorn. Last Updated 11th March 2022. Have you been injured because of a cycling accident that was caused by negligence on the part of someone else? If so, then you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. As long as your injury was caused by negligence on the part of another person or party, you could be entitled to claim. Trust our advisors to provide you with the right cycling accident solicitor to handle your cycling accident claim. Whether the cause of your injuries was negligent driving on the part of a motorist, negligent upkeep or management of the road or something else, you could be owed a compensation payment.

Call Advice to find the right personal injury lawyer to handle your cycling accident claim. We are an established and respected personal injury claims advice service, that can provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer from our panel to handle your claim. The personal injury solicitors from our panel have years of experience handling claims for people wrongfully injured in road traffic accidents, and will always fight to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to.

If you have been injured because of a cycling accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim a compensation settlement from the person responsible. We offer a free personal injury claims consultation to all of our potential clients. Call us today to talk about your cycling accident injuries and if you are entitled to claim. We will estimate what your bicycle accident settlement amount in the UK could be and provide you with an excellent solicitor from our panel to handle your claim. Call us today on 0161 696 9685 to begin your claim. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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A Guide To Cycling And Bicycle Accident Claims

Cycling Accident Claims

Cycling Accident Claims Guide

Cycling is an enjoyable way to travel, whilst also getting fit and doing your bit not to pollute the air. However, cycling is also riskier than other forms of transport on the road, as bicycles are slower than motor vehicles, and the cyclist does not have an outer protective shell that drivers and passengers in cars, vans, and lorries have.

Motorists have a legal duty of care towards those who use the road, meaning that they are legally obliged to uphold the health and safety of other road users whilst driving. If they fail to do so and their negligence causes a road traffic accident that injures a cyclist, they could be held liable for the cyclists’ accident and may have to pay the cyclist compensation. Similarly, if another party causes an accident, such as a company doing repair work on the road, which leads to a cyclist becoming injured, they may have to pay the cyclist compensation for their injuries.

In this guide, we will tell you what a cycling accident can involve and share some cycling accident statistics. We will also provide you with a compensation table, which outlines bracket compensation amounts for a cycling accident claim.

We will explain the personal injury claims process and advise you on the benefits of using a No Win No Fee solicitor to make your claim. Remember, we offer a free personal injury claims consultation for anyone looking to claim compensation for a bicycle accident. Call today to speak to one of our informed advisors, who will let you know whether or not you meet the eligibility criteria to make a claim and will estimate how much compensation you could get for a bike accident, depending on your personal circumstances. You will then be provided with an experienced cycling accident solicitor from our panel, who will begin work on your cycling injury claim right away.

What Is A Cycling Accident?

A cycling accident is any accident involving a cyclist where the cyclist is injured as a result. Cycling accidents commonly happen on the roads but can also take place on other terrains, such as a racetrack, in the countryside or in a park. If the cycling accident is caused by negligence on the part of another party, then the injured cyclist could be able to make a cycling accident claim for compensation.

Bicycle And Cycling Accident Compensation Calculator

If you have experienced a cycling accident that was not your fault, which resulted in you being injured, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Many of our clients ask us “how much compensation will I get for a bike accident?” You can use our compensation table below to determine how much your bicycle accident claim could be worth. The amounts we have shown are from the Judicial College Guidelines. For a quote personalised to you, which also accounts for special damages you could be awarded, call Advice for your free estimation.

Severity and Body PartUpper and Lower LimitComments and Notes
Moderate Hand Injuries£5,260 to £12,460Soft tissue injuries, deep lacerations, crush injuries and penetrating wounds.
Less Serious Hand Injuries£13,570 to £27,220Could include a severe crush injury. This will result in functionality being significantly impaired, despite or without surgery.
Wrist Injury (E)In the region of £6,970A uncomplicated Colles fracture of the wrist.
Minor to Moderate Elbow InjuriesUp to £11,820Injuries that do not cause permanent damage. This could include simple breaks, lacerations and tennis elbow syndrome.
Severe Pelvis Injuries (i)£73,580 to £122,860Extensive pelvis fractures that could include a ruptured bladder and dislocation of a low back joint, or resulting in spondylolisthesis of a low back joint, necessitating spinal fusion. There will also be lasting disabilities, such as sexual dysfunction and a lack of bladder and bowel control.
Moderate Knee Injuries (i)£13,920 to £24,580This could include torn meniscus or cartilage or dislocation. The result will be wasting, weakness, minor instability and other similar mild disabilities.
Moderate Toe InjuriesUp to £9,010Laceration injuries to one or more toes, relatively simple fractures or the exacerbation of a pre-existing condition.

Types Of Damages A Cycle Accident Claim Can Include

If you successfully claim compensation for a cycling accident, your compensation claim will be awarded in two parts, general damages, which are the main part of your claim, and special damages. Let’s look at what these mean in more detail.

General Damages

General damages are the main part of a personal injury claim and are usually the largest amount of compensation awarded. They exist to compensate the victim of the accident for the pain, suffering, and loss of amenity they have experienced as a result of the accident.

Special Damages

Special damages is additional compensation that is awarded to reimburse the injured person for any expenses they have experienced as a result of their injuries. Special damages can include the following:

  • Medical expenses you have incurred as a result of your injuries, including the cost of doctor’s appointments, hospital treatment, and medication.
  • Travel expenses you have incurred as a result of your injuries, including the cost of a taxi to the hospital, or alternative transport if you are temporarily unable to cycle or drive.
  • Reimbursement for at-home care. If a friend or family member cared for you while you were recovering from your injury, you could claim compensation to reimburse them for their hard work. If you are likely to need additional care in the future, you can claim compensation for this too.
  • Any mobility equipment or special adaptations to your home that you may now need.
  • Any income or in work benefits lost because of your accident. This is common if you have to take several days off work as a result of your injuries.

Cycling Accident Statistics

Cyclists are more vulnerable on the roads. They don’t travel at the same speeds that motorised vehicles do, so are more likely to come off worse off in a collision, and also don’t have the added protection of an outer shell on their vehicle or driver’s airbags.

According to Department for Transport (DfT) statistics on road accidents, pedal cycles were involved in 149 fatal accidents in 2020. There were also a reported 4,455 serious cycling accidents and 12,162 slight bicycle accidents.

Not all of these accidents may have been caused by another road user’s negligence. From further DfT statistics, we can look at some of the reported contributory factors for pedal cycle accidents in 2020. The chart below includes contributory factors that could be considered negligence.

Cycling Accident Chart

Cycling Accident Chart

Get in touch with our team of expert advisors today to find out more about claiming cycle accident compensation.

Safety Tips To Avoid Getting Knocked Off Your Bike

You can do the following to help keep yourself safe when cycling on the road.

  • Always wear a helmet that fits well. It could save your life.
  • Wear fluorescent clothing during the day, and bright reflective clothing at night, to help you to always be seen on the roads.
  • Be aware of other road users, including pedestrians using pedestrian crossings.
  • Make sure that your bike lights and reflectors work.
  • Never jump a red or amber light on a bike lane or road.
  • Memorise The Highway Code.

You should also maintain your bike and your family’s bikes to a high standard (especially if they are children) to ensure that they are safe to use.

We will now look at common cycling claim examples. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, whether it is listed below or not, please call us today to enquire about making a cycling accident claim for compensation. If you are entitled to claim compensation, we could assign a cycling accident solicitor from our panel to start working on your case right away.

Hit And Run Bicycle And Cycling Accidents

If you have been the victim of a hit and run accident, you have been a victim of a serious crime. Unfortunately, in some cases, the perpetrator is never found, which is distressing for the victim, but also means that they can’t claim insurance from them. Fortunately, the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) allows you to claim compensation if you are put in this position.

If you need to claim compensation for a hit and run cycling accident from the Motor Insurance Bureau, trust Advice to provide you with the right personal injury claims lawyer to handle your claim. Normal personal injury claims time limits apply.

Please be aware, reporting a cycling accident to the police is very important. If you have been involved in a hit and run cycling accident, you should report the accident to the police within 14 days of the incident happening.

Risks And Road Safety Rules For Cyclists

If you are injured in a cycling accident, we recommend that you take the following precautions to help keep yourself safe, and minimise the risk of your injuries.

  • Move away from the road to a pavement, verge or another safe place.
  • Seek the correct medical treatment that you need. This may be an ambulance if you are seriously injured.
  • If the accident was caused by a motorist committing an offence, call the police within 24 hours, Remember, reporting a cycling accident to the police caused by a motoring offence is your legal duty.

What To Do If Involved In A Cycling Accident

As we have already stated, if you are injured in a cycling accident, the most important priority should be getting out of the road and into a safe place, then getting the right medical treatment for your injuries. However, as a second priority, you can also collect evidence at the scene of the accident to help support your personal injury claim. Some advice is below:

  • If you are involved in a hit and run, try to photograph the vehicle on your mobile phone as it drives away.
  • Take down the name, address and vehicle registration plate of the driver, if they stop as they are legally supposed to.
  • If your injury was caused by a health and safety hazard on the road, photograph the hazard that caused your injury.
  • Photograph your injury.
  • Get the contact details of anyone who saw the accident. They may be able to serve as witnesses later on.

Bicycle Accidents With Uninsured Drivers

Bike Accident Claims

Bike Accident Claims Guide

If you have been hit by an uninsured driver, you may be anxious to know whether or not you will be able to claim compensation. Fortunately, you will be able to claim compensation from the MIB. You will still need a personal injury solicitor to represent you, so call us today to see if you are entitled to claim. Personal injury claims time limits apply.

Common Cycling Accident Injuries

Some common cycling accident injuries could include:

However, this section is not exhaustive. If you’ve suffered another type of injury in a cycling accident caused by another’s negligence, you could still potentially claim. Get in touch with our advisors to find out if you have an eligible cycling injury claim.

Cycling Accident Head Injuries

Head injuries can be very serious and even life-ending. More minor head injuries can result in impaired cognitive function such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, depression, irritability and memory loss. More serious head injuries can result in permanent disabilities, the injured person slipping into a coma which they may never wake up from, or even death. If you have been injured because of a head injury caused by a cycling accident that was not your fault, call Advice today to enquire about making your claim. In the tragic circumstances of your next of kin relative being killed because of a head injury caused by a cycling accident, we can provide you with a solicitor from our panel to make a claim on their behalf.

Cycling Accident Breaks And Fractures

Suffering a broken or fractured bone can be a debilitating experience. Even a more minor accident such as suffering a broken arm or ankle, can affect the sufferer for several months and even have long term effects. Other injuries, such as a limb crushing injury, or a broken spine that severs the spinal cord, can cause permanent disability, including paralysis.

If you have suffered a broken or fractured bone as a result of a cycling accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. Call Advice for your free personal injury claims consultation, and to begin your claims process.

Cycling Accident Personal Injury Claim Time Limits

If you were injured in a cycling accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation for your injuries. Personal injury claim time limits are normally three years since the date your accident happened, or you realised you had become injured. There are a few exceptions to this rule, which your claims advisor can talk to you about. If you wish to make a cycling accident claim for your injuries, we recommend you start right away, to avoid slipping outside of the personal injury claims time limit.

Claim TypeTime Limit
General time limit for a cycling accident claim.3 years from the date of the accident or the date of knowledge.
Child cycling accidentsExtending from the accident date to the child's 18th birthday. Then, general limit applies.

How Do I Begin A Cycling Accident Claim?

If you have been injured because of a cycling accident, you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. To begin, call Advice today. We will estimate how much compensation you will get for a bike accident and will provide you with a personal injury solicitor to handle your claim, providing that you have legitimate grounds to claim. Call today to begin your cycling accident injuries claim today.

No Win No Fee Cycling Accident Claims

At Advice we give all of our clients the option to make a No Win No Fee personal injury claim. This means that you will not have to pay an upfront fee. Instead, you will only pay your solicitor’s fee on the grounds that they win your claim for you. In the unlikely scenario that you do not win your claim, you will not have to pay your fee. For many of our clients, this is the less stressful method of claiming compensation. Call us today, to enquire about making a No Win No Fee claim.

Why Make A Cycling Accident Claim With Us?

If you have been injured because of a cycling accident, you may be owed a payout for cycling accident compensation. Trust Advice to provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer to handle your claim. The solicitors on our panel have experience helping victims of accidents like you claim compensation for accidents that were not their fault, and they will always fight to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you are owed.

  • Contact us by calling us on 0161 696 9685, using our online contact form, or messaging the live chat below.
  • Our expert advisors will review the success of your claim.
  • If you are eligible, we can connect you with a solicitor from our panel to help you make a claim.

Call today to see how much compensation you could win and to start your cycling accident claim. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Useful Links

Accident At Work Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For Injuries? – No Win No Fee
Advice on how to claim different types of damages for an accident in the workplace.

Car Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation – Overview On Car Crash Injury Claims
In this guide, we can look at how you can claim compensation for injuries caused by a case study.

Claiming for a Head Injury on a Child

This guide explains how you could claim compensation if your child has suffered a head injury due to another’s negligence.

Please get in touch if you have any further queries about making a cycling accident claim.