This guide will look at what cycling injuries a cyclist could potentially sustain if involved in a traffic accident. Moreover, we have included a table below with amount brackets taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, a document used by personal injury solicitors when calculating compensation for injuries or illnesses. In 2020, over 16,000 cyclists were injured on Great Britain’s roads. So, if a cycling accident caused by a negligent road user injured you, you could claim compensation.
Please get in touch with Advice to see if you could claim bike accident compensation. We work with a skilled panel of personal injury lawyers who help people like you claim the compensation they deserve. Call us, and an advisor can assess your claim. If you are eligible, a lawyer from our panel could start working on your claim as soon as possible.
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Cycling is a great way to travel. For many, cycling is more economical than driving or using public transport. What’s more, cycling is better for the environment.
However, there are risks to cycling on the roads as cyclists are more vulnerable than people travelling by car. According to the government’s Reported road casualties Great Britain annual report: 2021, 26 pedal cyclists died per billion miles travelled. By comparison, only three car occupants died on the roads, travelling the same distance.
If road users act negligently on the roads, they could cause an accident which could lead to others being injured. For example, a cyclist can be injured if a vehicle backs out of a driveway without checking the way is clear first. In this case, the motorist could be liable for any injuries the cyclist sustains. Please call our advice line to see if you qualify to make a cycling injuries claim.
Cyclists can sustain minor to severe injuries if involved in a bike accident on the road. Let’s look at some common injuries below:
- Concussions or head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries,
- Broken Bones such as a broken arm or a broken leg
- Bone fractures, which are cracks in the bones
- Hand injuries, including broken fingers, nerve damage or soft tissue injuries
- Foot injuries, including broken toes, sprains or strains
- Broken coccyx or tailbone injuries
- If an accident is particularly traumatic, the cyclist may develop psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Injuries caused by cycling accidents can range from minor injuries to severe injuries. Sadly some cycling accidents are fatal.
Cycling Injuries Statistics
The government’s Reported road casualties Great Britain annual report; 2020 shows us how frequently cyclists are injured in Great Britain:
- From 2015 – 2020 on average 2 cyclists were killed on the roads per week
- During the same period, on average, 83 cyclists were seriously injured or fatally injured per week
- 83% of cyclists killed or seriously injured (KSIs) were male
- Moreover, 56% of fatal cycling injuries took place on rural roads
The Road Traffic Act 1988 states that road users owe other road users a duty of care not to cause accidents on the road. Recently the Highway Code was updated with a hierarchal system; pedestrians and cyclists are considered the most vulnerable road users, and as vehicle size increases, the vulnerability decreases.
To make a successful cycling injuries claim, you will need to prove the following:
- Firstly another party on the road owed you a duty of care.
- Secondly, the party was negligent on the roads and breached their duty of care.
- Consequently, the unsafe behaviour led to an accident on the roads.
- Finally, the road traffic accident injured you.
If you and the other party are both partially responsible for the accident, you could make a split liability claim. In addition, you must be within the time limit period to begin a claim. The time limitation will normally begin on the accident date or the date you became aware of negligence. There are exceptions to these time limitations, so to find out if you are within the correct time limits to begin a personal injury claim, please contact Advice today.
Now let’s look at how a motorist or other party could cause a cycling accident:
- A motorist is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- A motorist is distracted; for example, they text while driving.
- The driver fails to judge a cyclist’s speed when pulling out of a junction and hits them.
- A dooring accident happens when a driver or passenger opens their door into a cyclist’s path and hits them.
- Broken roads or potholes accidents can cause cyclists to come off their bikes.
- Or failure to repair faulty traffic lights, which leads to a bike accident.
You could still claim compensation if an uninsured or unidentified driver causes an accident that injures you. A lawyer from our panel could help you claim through the Motor Insurer’s Bureau.
If your bike injury claim for compensation is successful, the payout can include general damages for the harmful effects of the injuries. Moreover, the claimant can receive special damages for the unavoidable financial costs associated with their injuries.
We have created a table which lists examples of injuries and amount brackets for general damages. These compensation brackets are not guaranteed payments if your claim succeeds. However, the table contents are based on the 16th edition Judicial College Guidelines, which solicitors use for calculating general damages in personal injury claims.
|Type Of Injury||Notes||Settlement|
|Head/ Brain Injury - Very Severe||An injury which prevents the person from following anything other than basic commands. The person requires 24 hours a day care.||£282,010 to £403,990|
|Head/ Brain Injury - Moderately Severe||The person is left with a serious degree of disability, limb paralysis or cognitive problems.||£219,070 to £282,010|
|Head/ Brain Injury - Moderate||Brain injuries which cause changes to the person's personality and intellectual deficit will be moderate to severe.||£150,110 to £219,070|
|Back Injury - Severe A - i||Injuries impacting the spinal cord and leaving the person with severe pain and disability.||£91,090 to £160,980|
|Back Injury - Severe A - ii||Injuries to the nerve roots resulting in reduced mobility and loss of sensation.||£74,160 to £88,430|
|Foot Injury - B - Single Foot Amputation||One foot has been lost. The injury may be treated in a similar way to below the knee amputations.||£83,960 to £109,650|
|Elbow Injury - A - Severe||A severe and disabling form of injury to the elbow.||£39,170 to £54,830|
|Elbow Injury - B - Less severe injuries||The injury has impaired the elbows function, but does not need major surgery.||£15,650 to £32,010|
|Elbow Injury - C - Moderate or minor||Lacerations, tennis elbow syndrome, or fractures.||Up to £12,590|
|Toe Injury - C- Severe||Severe crush injuries which could lead to the loss of one or two toes (not including the great toe).||£13,740 to £21,070|
Alternatively, call Advice’s helpline for a valuation of your claim. Special damage payments are not included in the table.
To find out you have a valid cycling injury claim, call our advisors today. If they can see that you are eligible to make a personal injury claim following a road traffic accident, they could put you in touch with a solicitor from our panel to begin your case.
A No Win No Fee solicitor could offer to handle your claim under A Conditional Fee Agreement, which is a type of No Win No Fee funding arrangement. Generally, this will mean that there are no upfront fees to pay the solicitor, nor any while the claim is progressing. Should the claim be unsuccessful, there are no solicitor fees to cover. If the case wins, the solicitor can take a legally capped percentage from the award.
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More Road Traffic Accident Claim Information
You can look through these resources to learn more about making a road traffic accident claim:
Please get in touch with our team if you have more questions about claiming compensation for cycling injuries.
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