Our guide on cycling accident claims for Bradford road accidents details what specialist cycling accident solicitors are and how they can be useful in making a personal injury claim. We also look at potential compensation amounts you could receive for your injuries, how solicitors value injuries and the criteria you must fulfil to claim for your road traffic accident.
Additionally, we look at what type of accidents can occur whilst detailing the frequency of these accidents. Moreover, we explore the time limits that you must adhere to and how having evidence can greatly benefit the success of your claim.
Furthermore, we look at how working with a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis can be a financially beneficial option. Similarly, we explain what these kinds of arrangements entail and what can be expected when you enter into one.
For more information, please keep reading our guide. If you have any queries relating to cycling accident claims in Bradford and would like to reach us, you can do so in the following ways:
- Call us on 0161 696 9685
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- Cycling Accident Claims For Bradford – An Overview
- Example Compensation Payouts For Cycling Accident Claims
- Types Of Accidents Involving Cyclists
- Reported Rates Of Cycling Accidents In The UK
- How To Claim If You Had A Cycling Accident In Bradford
- No Win No Fee Cycling Accident Claims For Bradford Road Accidents
Cycling accident solicitors can assist you in your road accident claim. It is important to note that you can use solicitors no matter where you or they are located with the many means of communication methods. It will usually prove to be useful if you hire a solicitor based on their expertise and familiarity with your type of claim rather than where they are located.
Having a solicitor that has had training and is familiar with the area of law in which your claim is involved will be much more beneficial to your case than a solicitor you have hired based solely on their geographical proximity to you.
Moreover, fulfilling the criteria to prove who was at fault in your cycling accident will be a significant part of your claims process. The Road Traffic Act 1988 and The Highway Code provide laws and guidelines on operating the road safely. They outline that road users have a duty to take reasonable care and attention when navigating the roads to prevent harm to one another.
To prove that another road user is liable, you must show that:
- They owed you a duty of care
- This duty was breached
- This breach caused your injuries
If you can illustrate this, then this is negligence, and you may be eligible to claim for your injuries.
When looking at cycling accident claims for Bradford road traffic accidents, you may be interested in the compensation you could be entitled to. General damages are one form of this, and these cover the pain and suffering you have endured due to your injuries from the accident.
Special damages are another type of compensation you could claim, and these cover the financial losses suffered as a result of your injuries.
When valuing injuries to award compensation, legal professionals may use The Judicial College Guidelines to assist them with this. These provide compensation brackets for injury values, some of which are shown in the table below.
Alternatively, personal injury compensation calculators can provide a rough overview of the payouts that you could receive.
However, the figures provided by both should only be used as a guide as they are not guaranteed, and the outcome of your settlement may vary in comparison.
|Arm Injury||Severe (a)||Injuries falling short of amputation that leave the person no better off than if they had lost the arm.||£96,160 to £130,930|
|Neck Injury||Severe (a) (ii)||This includes serious fractures or damage to discs in the cervical spine.||£65,740 to £130,930|
|Neck Injury||Severe (a) (iii)||Severe soft tissue damage, fracture or dislocation.||£45,470 to £55,990|
|Back Injury||Severe (a) (iii)||There are disc lesions or fractures of discs.||£38,780 to £69,730|
|Back Injury||Moderate (b) (i)||Lumbar vertebrae compression/crush fractures.||£27,760 to £38,780|
|Back Injury||Moderate (b) (ii)||Disturbance of ligaments or muscles, soft tissue injuries or prolapsed discs necessitating laminectomy.||£12,510 to £27,760|
|Shoulder Injury||Severe (a)||Significant disability resulting from damage to the brachial plexus.||£19,200 to £48,030|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate (c)||Frozen shoulder injury causing limited movement and discomfort.||£7,890 to £12,770|
|Head Injury||Less Severe (d)||A good recovery has occurred but there are still persisting problems.||£15,320 to £43,060|
|Leg Injury||Severe Leg Injuries (b) (iv)||This extends to multiple/complicated fractures and severe crushing injuries.||£27,760 to £39,200|
Cycling accident claims in Bradford may arise from numerous different occurrences. Examples of circumstances in which a cyclist claim could happen include:
- Potholes: a local authority may have failed to repair a part of the road/path, and this caused the cyclist to fall and injure themselves.
- Dooring accidents: A vehicle driver could open their door in the cyclist’s path.
- Roundabouts: A cyclist may be hit by a car if the driver pulls out at the incorrect time or does not check their mirrors
Provisional statistics show the frequency of road traffic accidents and how they have increased or decreased from the years prior.
From the Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain, estimated statistics show that for the year ending June 2022:
- There were 137,013 reported casualties of all severities, which has decreased by 12% since June 2019.
- There were an estimated 29,804 people reported to be killed or seriously injured, which has decreased by 6% since June 2019.
- There were 1,760 fatalities in reported road collisions, which has decreased by 4% since June 2019.
- According to the Pedal Cycle Factsheet, in 2021, 111 cyclists were killed, and 4,353 were seriously injured. The number of cyclist casualties fell yearly from 2014 to 2020 but increased between 2020 and 2021.
When making a claim, it is important to have sufficient evidence. You will need evidence to show who was at fault for the accident and what injuries you suffered. Examples include:
- CCTV/dashcam footage
- Images of the accident scene
- Photographs of your injuries
- Medical records
- Witness contact details
- A diary to illustrate the impact of the injuries
Moreover, when claiming financial losses due to your injuries, evidence will be useful. Examples of such losses and the evidence include:
- Loss of earnings – payslips
- Transportation costs- public transport tickets
- Medication, care, and home adaptation costs- bank statements to show proof of purchase
There is a time limit around starting a claim. The Limitation Act 1980 states that you generally have three years from the accident or the date you became aware of the negligence involved to start your claim.
There are instances in which the time limit is suspended. These are if a person was under eighteen at the time of the accident or if the person lacked the mental capacity to claim. If this is the case, a person has three years from the date of their eighteenth birthday or three years from the date they regain their mental capacity in the event that this happens.
These circumstances apply if a litigation friend has not already claimed on the person’s behalf.
When considering cycling accident claims for Bradford traffic accidents, hiring a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis may be financially beneficial. A common type of this arrangement is a Conditional Fee Agreement.
These agreements usually mean that if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be required to pay for your solicitor’s services.
In the event that your claim is successful, your solicitor is likely to take a success fee. This is a deduction from your compensation.
However, The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 states that the amount they can take is capped at a percentage.
Our panel of solicitors have years of expertise and may choose to offer to work with you on your claim on this basis. If you have any questions about cycling accident claims for Bradford accidents, please get in touch with us.
To reach us, please use the methods listed below:
- Call us on 0161 696 9685
- Contact us through the online form
- Connect with us through our live chat feature
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