Our guide explains the process of making cycling accident claims for London road traffic accidents. We explore the benefits of using a personal injury solicitor who specialises in the area of your accident and what payouts you could receive. We also cover the types of evidence which could help your claim.
Additionally, we look at how injuries can be valued and how this is reflected in compensation amounts. We also examine the types of cycling accidents that can happen and how other road users can be responsible for your injuries.
Furthermore, we detail the eligibility criteria you must meet to make a claim and how our panel of personal injury solicitors could be useful to you. Please keep reading our guide for more information about London cycling accident claims.
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A cycling accident solicitor will specialise in these types of accidents. They will have experience and will have dealt with claims similar to yours. They are more likely to know how to prepare your claim than a solicitor who specialises in some other area of the law.
It is not compulsory to work with cycling accident claims solicitors. However, having a solicitor represent you can be very beneficial. Not only can they gather the appropriate evidence and know which legislation to use when backing up your claim, but if your case was to go to court, they could represent you, and they can ensure that your case is accurately valued.
The Road Traffic Act 1988 and The Highway Code provide rules and laws that help to govern the way road users operate. Road users should operate on a road with due care, attention, and reasonable consideration to prevent injury to one another.
If they do not do this, this could breach their legal duty, and you may be eligible to claim if you can prove their fault.
To prove liability, you must be able to:
- Show that the road user owed you a duty of care
- They breached this duty of care
- This breach caused your injuries
If you can prove this, you may be able to claim for your injuries.
When cycling accident claims are successful, you could receive up to two types of damages.
General damages cover the pain and suffering endured as a result of your injuries. Special damages cover monetary losses.
Moreover, one way that injuries can be valued is with a personal injury claim calculator. These can give you a rough overview of the amount of compensation you could receive. However, these do not consider other factors that may affect your payout.
Alternatively, The Judicial College Guidelines can be used to value injuries. These are often used as guidance for solicitors when they are looking into compensation for certain injuries.
However, these figures are also not definite and may not give you an accurate representation of the compensation you may receive.
|Head Injury||Very Severe (a)||There is an ability to follow basic commands but the response to environment is little.||£282,010 to £403,990|
|Head Injury||Moderately Severe (b)||There is serious disablement and a requirement for constant care.||£219,070 to £282,010|
|Back Injury||Severe (a) (i)||There is serious damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots.||£91,090 to £160,980|
|Back Injury||Moderate (b) (i)||This covers compression/crush fractures pf the lumbar vertebrae where there is a substantial risk of osteoarthritis.||£27,760 to £38,780|
|Neck Injury||Severe (a) (i)||This includes incomplete paraplegia or where there is little or no movement in the neck.||In the region of £148,330|
|Neck Injury||Severe (a) (ii)||This involves serious fractures or damage to the discs in the cervical spine.||£65,740 to £130,930|
|Arm Injury||Severe (a)||These injuries fall short of amputation and usually include a serious brachial plexus injury.||£96,160 to £130,930|
|Shoulder Injury||Severe (a)||This includes serious damage to the brachial plexus which has caused significant disability.||£19,200 to £48,030|
|Leg Injury||Severe (b) (iv)||This includes complicated/multiple fractures or crushing injuries.||£27,760 to £39,200|
|Wrist Injury||Significant (b)||This usually covers permanent disability but some useful movement is retained.||£24,500 to £39,170|
There are numerous ways that a cycling accident could occur let’s look at some scenarios below:
- Collisions: This could involve being hit by a car or a lorry.
- Roundabouts: If a driver doesn’t check their mirrors or pulls out at the wrong time.
- Lack of safe clothing: Rule 59 of The Highway Code advises cyclists to wear clothing visible to other road users at night.
- Dooring accidents: A cyclist could be injured if a driver opens their car door in their path
If you can prove that your injuries were the fault of another road user, you may be eligible to make cyclist accident claims for London road traffic accidents.
Rule 204 of The Highway Code states that cyclists are a part of the group of road users who are considered to be most at risk from road traffic. The government provide provisional figures on the frequency of road traffic accidents in London UK.
London statistics have shown that:
- In 2019/20, there were 125 deaths and 3,780 people injured on the roads in London
- Cycling casualties have increased by 36% from the long-term average for 2005-9. From 3410 to 4634.
- People walking, cycling and motorcycling contribute 83% to road traffic fatalities and seriously injured casualties.
After receiving the medical attention you require, you may wonder what to do after a cycle accident. If you are a cyclist injured in a road traffic accident, this doesn’t mean you are automatically eligible to make a personal injury claim. If you are wholly at fault for the accident, you will not be able to claim. However, if another road user, such as a vehicle driver, is even partially at fault, you could claim compensation.
As part of the process of making cycle accident claims in London, it will be beneficial for you to have evidence. Having sufficient proof will be useful in your claim.
Evidence which could significantly benefit your claim includes:
- CCTV/dashcam footage and witness statements
- Photographs of the injuries
- Copies of medical records
Additionally, when looking at making cycling accident claims for London road traffic accidents, it is important to be aware of the time limit. The Limitation Act 1980 states that generally, you have three years from the date of your accident or the date of knowledge to start a claim.
There can exceptions to this time limit. These exist if a person was under eighteen at the time of the accident or if the person lacked the mental capacity to claim.
A person has three years from the date of their eighteenth birthday or from the date they regain their mental capacity to start a claim.
These exceptions apply only if a litigation friend has not already claimed on the person’s behalf.
Check If You Are Eligible To Claim With A Cycling Accident Solicitor
You may be eligible to make a personal injury claim as a cyclist if you are able to demonstrate that negligence caused your injuries.
The road user must have owed you a duty of care, breached this duty of care and caused your injuries because of this. Additionally, as mentioned above, this should all be within the time limit stated in legislation unless the circumstances fit the circumstances stated in the exceptions.
Cycling accident claims for London road traffic accidents do not necessarily have to be handled by legal professionals in this location. It is better the hire solicitors based on their expertise with your claim. Experience should be prioritised over geographical proximity.
Our panel of solicitors have years of expertise which can be useful to you in your claims process. Please contact our team of advisors, who can offer you free legal advice and help you start your claim.
After a cycling accident, making a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor may be of interest to you. These agreements typically mean that if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be required to pay for your solicitor’s services. A popular type of this arrangement is a Conditional Fee Agreement.
In the event that your claim is successful, your solicitor may take a success fee. This is a deduction from your compensation, but The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 legally caps this amount.
If you have any questions about cycling accident claims for London road accidents, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us in the following ways:
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Thank you for reading our guide on making cycling accident claims for London traffic accidents. If you found our information useful, you can check out more of our guides linked below:
- Claims For Accidents Caused By Faulty Traffic Lights
- My Child Got Hit By A Car Can I Claim On Their Behalf?
- Permanent Scar Compensation Claims
For further information, feel free to explore the external resources linked below:
- Cycle Safety– Government Guidance
- Cycling and Walking – Government Advice
- Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain, Provisional Estimates: Year Ending June 2022– Government Statistics