This guide will discuss the benefits of working with cycling accident claims solicitors to help you seek a settlement. Cycling accidents can occur due to the fault of other road users. If you can prove that third-party negligence was the cause of the accident that led to you sustaining injuries, you may have grounds for a cyclist accident claim.
Opting to work with cycling accident claims solicitors can ensure that your case is complete and filed in full. As if, later down the line, you find out that your injuries are more serious or you need extra time off of work once a claim is settled, you cannot go back and receive more compensation. After sustaining damages, you may be overwhelmed with how to approach the claims process. A personal injury solicitor can help ease your concerns and support you in seeking the compensation you deserve.
Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of working with a solicitor for your personal injury claim. Alternatively, you can contact our advisors directly for more support. Our phone lines are available 24/7, allowing you access to free legal advice at any time that suits you.
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A cycling accident claims solicitor is a specialist in this type of case. This means they are likely to know more about cycling road accident claims than a solicitor who covers other areas of personal injury. Specialist solicitors have been trained to understand various elements of their chosen topic, providing you with expert legal support that can greatly benefit your claim.
The Road Traffic Act 1988 is a piece of legislation that outlines the duty of care road users have to one another not to cause avoidable accidents on the road.
Section 52 of the Road Traffic Act speaks about how cyclists have a duty to cycle on a road with due care and attention. Under the Act, all drivers should maintain the standard of care required, which is the care and skill of an ordinary driver. Please note no allowance is made for the inexperienced or learner driver.
If drivers breach their duty of care and this causes an accident, then they become liable for damage and harm that is caused. This is known as negligence.
This guide highlights the benefits of working with cycling accident claims solicitors and provides examples of what you may be eligible to claim. You can also connect with our advisors by calling the number provided in the section above.
Personal injury compensation can be claimed through two heads:
- General damages: Refers to the physical and psychological injuries you’ve sustained due to the accident. Independent medical assessments can assist in proving the severity of your injuries. For more information, contact our advisors.
- Special damages: Reimburses you for financial losses caused by your injuries. For instance, loss of earnings and medical costs. You must provide evidence such as receipts and bank statements to receive compensation for financial losses. We will discuss this in more detail further in this guide.
To calculate damages, legal professionals use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This publication displays compensation brackets for general damages. We’ve provided some examples from the JCG below.
|Very Severe Brain Injury (a)||£282,010 - £403,990||Injuries prevent the injured person from following basic commands and responding to their environment. Full-time care will be required.|
|Moderately Severe Brain Injury (b)||£219,070 - £282,010||Serious disabilities: limb paralysis, or cognitive. Constant care needed and significant dependence on others.|
|Severe Neck Injury (a) (i)||In the region of £148,330||Despite wearing a collar for 24 hours a day, the injured person will have little or no movement in their neck while suffering from strong headaches.|
|Severe Neck Injury (a) (ii)||£65,740 - £130,930||Injuries of considerable severity give rise to disabilities caused by serious fractures.|
|Severe Neck Injury (a) (iii)||£45,470 - £55,990||Chronic conditions and substantial disabilities from fractures or dislocations.|
|Very Severe Ankle Injury (a)||£50,060 - £69,700||Unusual and limited injuries fall within this bracket, including transmalleolar fracture in the ankle alongside extensive soft tissue damage. These injuries can give rise to deformity and the possible need for future amputation.|
|Severe Ankle Injury (b)||£31,310 - £50,060||Injuries will require an extensive period of treatment and could affect employment due to ankle instability which limits the ability to walk.|
|Moderate Ankle Injury (c)||£13,740 - £26,590||Injuries including fractures and ligamentous tears cause disabilities that create difficulty for the injured person to walk for long periods of time and stand in one place. There is also a future risk of osteoarthritis.|
|Wrist Injury (a)||£47,620 - £59,860||Function in the wrist is completely lost due to the severity of injuries.|
|Wrist Injury (b)||£24,500 - £39,170||Some useful movement in the wrist will remain but significant disabilities will cause problems in daily life.|
Please note that the compensation brackets above will not accurately reflect your final compensation total. This is due to the unique nature of each personal injury claim. Our advisors can provide you with a free personalised estimation for your claim. Call us today for more information.
Cyclists are vulnerable road users due to the fact they have no outer shell-like vehicles to protect them from any sort of impact. This can mean that when they are involved in road traffic accidents, they can suffer some very serious injuries.
Some examples of cyclist road traffic accidents may include the following:
- A bike is hit by a car in a head-on collision.
- Dooring accidents when a car door is opened suddenly in front of a cyclist, leaving them unable to swerve out of the way.
- A pedal cyclist is hit by a van when merging into lanes.
- The local council fails to maintain a busy public road, allowing potholes to become a risk for cyclists and other road users.
It is important that cyclists wear the correct clothing, such as fluorescent outerwear and a bike helmet. In order for a cyclist to make a personal injury claim following a road traffic accident, there must be another party that is at least partially at fault for what happened.
If you’re unsure about the validity of your case, contact our advisors today for free legal advice.
Working with specialist cycling accident claims solicitors allows you access to expert knowledge to assist you with your claim. Your solicitor will know which legislation and laws to use to back up your claim. They can also help you gather evidence to prove your case.
By opting to work with a solicitor, you are allowing yourself time to recover and recuperate from your injuries. Solicitors can negotiate with the fault side and ensure that the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim is correct.
You can also work with cycling accident claims solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis. Continue reading to learn more about these terms and what you should do after a cycling accident.
You may need to provide evidence to prove who is at fault for a cycling accident. Evidence can include:
- Witness contact details so a statement can be taken from an appointed person
- CCTV footage showing the accident taking place
- Medical reports, including doctors’ notes, hospital records, and prescriptions
- Photographs of your injuries and the scene where the accident occurred, if possible and only if safe to do so.
- Dashcam footage
The more evidence you can provide, the stronger your case will be. Your solicitor can also assist you in retrieving valid evidence to support your claim.
In order to make a claim, you must also be within the time limit stated in the Limitation Act 1980. This legislation states that most claims must be started within three years of the date the accident occurred.
Some exceptions to this time limit include accidents concerning those under 18. The law understands that minors cannot understand the legal process; therefore, the time limit will begin on their 18th birthday. However, a litigation friend can be appointed to start the claim on the child’s behalf before this date.
What Are No Win No Fee Agreements?
A Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), is a type of a No Win No Fee agreement that allows you access to the services of a personal injury solicitor without having to pay any upfront or ongoing fees. There’s also nothing to pay for the solicitor’s service in the event of an unsuccessful claim.
You’re only required to supply your solicitor with a success fee in the event that you’re successful in receiving a settlement at the end of your claim. This success fee is taken from your award total with a legal cap, so you will keep the majority of the compensation.
If you’re interested in connecting with cycling accident claims solicitors on a No Win No Fee basis, call our advisors using the contact details listed above.
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Read More About Cycling Safety
Thank you for reading our cycling accident claims solicitors guide. We’ve provided some resources below for further reading.
You can also find more of our guides below.
- Back Injury from a car accident
- Head injury compensation payout
- How to prove you have whiplash
- If you’re looking for help and guidance on cycling accident compensation claims, you can learn more here. You can find examples of bike accident claim payouts and the evidence used to prove a personal injury claim of this nature.