This guide will explain if you can make a cycling injury claim after a Cardiff road traffic accident. Riding a bike is a cost-effective and energy-efficient way to travel. It also helps to keep you fit and healthy. Cycling also has inherent risks because bicycles are slower and less protected than other vehicles. So cyclists are more likely to be injured in a road traffic accident than someone travelling in a vehicle.
If you were involved in a road traffic accident in Cardiff caused by another party acting negligently, you could make a cycling accident claim if you suffered an injury. Advice.co.uk can provide you with free legal advice about making a compensation claim. Moreover, our skilled panel of solicitors have solid experience helping claimants receive the compensation they are due.
If we can see that you are eligible to claim, we can appoint a knowledgeable personal injury solicitor from our panel to work on your claim. Please get in touch to see if you can claim:
- Call our helpline on 0161 696 9685
- Contact us using our online claims form
- Alternatively, you can use the web chat feature below to speak with an advisor
Or keep on reading our guide to find out more.
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- An Overview Of Cycling Accident Claims In Cardiff
- Compensation Payouts For Cycling Accidents
- Common Reasons For A Cyclist Accident Claim
- Cardiff Cycling Accident Safety Statistics
- How To Make Cycling Accident Claims In Cardiff
- Why Get Help With Cycling Accident Claims For Cardiff Road Accidents?
There are inherent risks to cycling, so cyclists should take precautions to stay safe on the roads. However, because cyclists are vulnerable road users, other parties, such as motorists, must be careful to avoid causing accidents which could harm them.
Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, road users owe other road users, including cyclists, a duty of care. Therefore all road users should take reasonable steps to protect other people on the roads. If a driver or another party that owed you a duty of care acted negligently and caused an accident, they could be liable for any harm you suffer.
If you win your cycling accident claim, your compensation payout can include these damages:
- You can receive general damage compensation for the physical and mental harm endured.
- And if your injuries led to unavoidable financial losses, you can receive a special damage payment. For example, you could claim back necessary medical costs.
This table can be used instead of a compensation calculator to determine your compensation payment. We referenced the 16th edition Judicial College compensation guidelines when we created the table. The table lists potential injuries a cyclist could suffer and how much they could receive in general damages for said injury. However, these amounts are not guaranteed.
|Form Of Injuries||Notes On This Injury||Brackets|
|Head Injury/ Brain Injury||Moderate (C) (i) - Injuries resulting in moderate to severe intellectual deficits. There could also be personality changes. Speech and sight could be impacted.||£150,110 to £219,070|
|Head Injury/ Brain Injury||Moderate (C) (iii) - Injuries impacting the memory and which also impacts the person's ability to concentrate.||£43,060 to £90,720|
|Neck Injury||Severe (A) (i) - Injuries which could result in spastic quadriparesis.||Around £148,330|
|Back Injury||Minor (C) (ii) - Injuries to the back from which the person recovers in around 2 years.||£4,350 to £7,890|
|Knee Injury||Moderate(B) (i) - Injuries to the knee such as dislocations, torn cartilage or meniscus.||£14,840 to £26,190|
|Knee Injury||Moderate (B) (ii) - The bracket includes injuries which are similar to those above but which are not as severe. Could also include instances of existing injuries being accelerated.||Up to £13,740|
|Foot Injury||Moderate (F) - Displaced fractures of the metatarsal which leads to deformity.||£13,740 to £24,990|
|Foot Injury||Modest (G) - Puncture wounds, lacerations or simple metatarsal fractures.||Up to £13,740|
|Wrist Injury||(C) - A less severe form of injury to the wrist which leads to some level of disability.||£12,590 to £24,500|
|Wrist Injury||(E) - Uncomplicated Colles’ fractures.||Around £7,430|
Alternatively, please get in touch with Advice.co.uk so we can offer you a personalised valuation for your claim. The compensation table does not include what you can receive in special damages.
Now let’s look at some common causes of cycling accidents:
- Drivers may misjudge cyclists’ speed and hit them when pulling out of a junction.
- A cyclist can be knocked off their bike after a collision with a motor vehicle.
- A driver or passenger can hit an oncoming cyclist when they open the car door, which is known as a dooring accident.
- Drivers can neglect to check their rearview mirror when reversing out of a driveway and hit a cyclist.
- A driver can hit a cyclist on a roundabout if they don’t check their mirrors before exiting.
- Cyclists can come off their bikes if disrepair on the roads causes a pothole accident.
Cycling accidents can cause all sorts of injuries. A cyclist may experience minor injuries, such as a laceration. In other cases, cyclists can experience more serious injuries such as broken bones, severe head injuries or spinal injuries.
If a road traffic accident injures you, please seek the appropriate medical treatment.
According to the accident prevention charity RoSPA, bicycles make up 1% of traffic on the road in Great Britain. However, cyclists account for 20% of road deaths, meaning they are disproportionately at risk of a fatal accident.
According to the government’s Reported road casualties in Great Britain in 2020:
- There were 141 cyclist deaths
- 4,215 cyclists were seriously injured
- 11,938 cyclists were slightly injured
If you had a cycling accident in Cardiff, you don’t have to use personal injury solicitors in Cardiff to make your claim. You can work with accident claims solicitors based anywhere in the UK, as most communications will be handled remotely. Advice.co.uk’s panel of solicitors cover accident claims in Cardiff and anywhere else in Great Britain.
Check If You Are Eligible To Claim
To claim compensation for a cycling accident in Cardiff, you must demonstrate that another party owed you a duty of care. For example, a motorist or local authority. Then, you will need to prove the party acted negligently and the negligence led to an accident which injured you.
What’s more, you can only begin a claim if you are within the time limit. Under the Limitation Act 1980, claimants normally have three years to begin a claim.
Advice could provide free legal advice about a cycling accident claim. If another party is responsible for your bicycle accident injuries, we can assign a knowledgeable solicitor from our panel to work on your claim. The solicitor will collect evidence to support your claim and negotiate with the defendant’s insurer and legal team on your behalf.
Should You Use A No Win No Fee Solicitor?
You will have the option to have your claim handled on a No Win No Fee basis. When you work with a No Win No Fee solicitor, you pay a success fee if you win your compensation claim rather than paying an upfront solicitor’s fee. You do not pay for the solicitor’s service if the claim is lost.
Please contact Advice.co.uk to see if you can make a No Win No Fee bike accident claim:
- Dial 0161 696 9685 to speak with a claims advisor
- Contact us in writing via our website
- Or speak to an advisor using our Live Support widget
Read More About A Cyclist Accident Claim
We appreciate you reading our guide. You may find these other road traffic accident claim resources helpful.
Here we have some external resources:
Head injury and concussion – information from the National Health Service
What to do if your child has an accident – help from the NHS
Cycling equipment – a guide from RoSPA
We appreciate you taking the time to read our guide on cycling accident claims in Cardiff.