Top Tips For Cyclist Accident Claims

Top Tips For Cyclist Accident Claims

Top Tips For Cyclist Accident Claims

This cyclist accident claims guide will explain how to claim compensation for a bike accident on the roads. In 2020, over 16,000 cyclists were injured on Great Britain’s roads. To claim compensation for a personal injury after a cycling road accident, another party would have had to have caused the accident by acting negligently on the roads. Even if you are partially at fault, you may still be able to claim.

You can contact Advice to see if you can claim compensation. If you meet the correct criteria to claim, a personal injury lawyer from our panel could offer to take on your case. Please enquire now about claiming cycling accident compensation:

  • Call our helpline on 0161 696 9685
  • Contact us using our online claims form
  • Or speak to an online claims advisor using the widget at the bottom of your screen

On the other hand, you can continue reading this guide to learn more.

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See If You Can Make A Personal Injury Compensation Claim

To be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim after suffering a cycling injury, you would need to prove negligence of a third party. Negligence means being able to answer yes to the questions below.

  • At the time and place of your accident, were you owed a duty of care? All road users owe each other a duty of care as per the Road Traffic Act 1988.
  • Was your accident caused because another road user or third party breached this duty of care?
  • Finally, did the accident cause you to suffer a physical or mental injury?

All road users must follow The Highway Code and the Act 1988 so as not to cause accidents and injuries. Other parties, such as construction companies carrying out road works and local authorities, may owe road users a duty of care. So if a party is negligent, they may be liable for the injuries and damages caused in an accident.

Determining if you can claim compensation can be complicated. So, please call Advice today to speak to a cycling accident specialist, who can let you know if you meet the criteria.

Example Payouts For Cyclist Accident Claims

You may be curious to know what compensation you can receive for your bicycle accident claim. If your claim succeeds, you can receive compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity your injuries caused, known as a general damage payment. Also, you can receive compensation for the unavoidable expenses your injuries caused, known as a special damage payment.

The table below can help you understand how much general damages you could claim for a cycling road accident injury. The compensation brackets are based on 16th edition Judicial College guidelines (2022). However, the compensation amounts listed in the table are not guaranteed, merely guidelines examples.

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Type Of Injury Severity Notes JC Guidelines
Brain Or Head Injury Very Severe This award would take into account life expectancy, whether the person can follow basic commands and degree of insight. £282,010 to £403,990
Brain Or Head Injury Moderately Severe An injury leading to a serious degree of disability. The person could be left with cognitive impairment or limb paralysis. £219,070 to £282,010
Brain Or Head Injury Moderate Impacts on personality, moderate to severe intellectual deficit and a serious risk of epilepsy. £150,110 to £219,070
Neck Injury Severe Permanent spastic quadriparesis or incomplete paraplegia and severe headaches. Around £148,330
Neck Injury Moderate (b) (i) The person may have a fractured neck or a dislocation injury. The symptoms may present immediately and severely. £24,990 to £38,490
Ankle Injury Very Severe (a) Extensive soft-tissue damage with a transmalleolar fracture of the ankle. £50,060 to £69,700
Ankle Injury Severe (b) The ankle injury will require an extensive period of treatment. The person may find that the joint is left unstable. £31,310 to £50,060
Ankle Injury Moderate (c) Fractures, torn ligaments and other injuries causing disabilities which make it difficult for the person to walk on uneven ground. £13,740 to £26,590
Wrist Injury (a) The person has lost all function in their wrist. £47,620 to £59,860
Wrist Injury (b) The person does still have some useful movement in their wrist but the injury is significant. £24,500 to £39,170

Alternatively, please call our helpline, and a claims specialist can estimate what your claim could be awarded if successful. Please note we have excluded special damages from the table.

What Should A Cyclist Do After An Accident?

If you experience a cycling accident on the roads, your priority should be to ensure that you and others around you are safe. Getting the medical care you need is a top priority, so if you can call an ambulance if you or someone else is injured. When seeking medical advice, not only will this allow you to get the treatment you need to make a speedy recovery but the diagnosis and treatment documented in your medical records can be used as evidence if you go on to make a claim. Call the police if the accident has blocked the road.

Collecting evidence at the scene and shortly afterwards when it is safe to do so can help prove liability. It can be wise to;

  • Report the accident to the police if you or anyone involved in the accident fails to exchange details at the scene.
  • Get the correct details of those involved in the accident: this can be name and contact details plus registration and insurance information.
  • Collect evidence to support your claim. For example, you can take photos of the accident scene. And collect contact details from witnesses, who could make a supporting statement.
  • Seek legal advice if you intend to pursue a personal injury claim.

Our cyclist injury claim specialists are waiting around the clock to take your call. They will assess your cycling road traffic accident claim if you were a cyclist and were hit by a car to see if you are eligible for compensation. When they can see you have a valid case, they can offer to connect you to a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor from our panel.

How Many Cycling Accidents Happen In Great Britain?

The government’s Reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2021 show us how common cycling accidents are. The following number of cycling accidents took place in 2021:

  • 16,458 cyclists suffered injuries in road accidents
  • Including 111 cyclists who suffered fatal injuries
  • Between 2004 and 2021, pedal traffic increased by 62%, and fatalities decreased by 17%.
  • For the average period from 2016 to 2021, 84 cyclists were seriously injured each week.

Government statistics show that cyclists are more vulnerable than people travelling by bus, car or lorry. However, what these statistics do not show is how many of these accidents were caused by third-party negligence and how many were down to the cyclist.

How To Start Cyclist Accident Claims b

Advice could help you if you suffered a cycling accident caused by another party acting negligently. An advisor will speak to you about the accident and can appoint a skilled cycling accident solicitor from our panel, to work on your claim if they can see that you have a good chance of being awarded compensation.

If you are worried about funding a solicitor, you may wish to use a solicitor that operates on a No Win No Fee basis. Very often, a No Win No Fee solicitor will enter into a Conditional Fee Agreement with the claimant. Instead of paying a solicitors fee before work begins on your claim, you will pay a success fee on the condition that you win your claim. Your success fee is deducted from your compensation payment at a legally capped rate. If your case fails, you do not pay the success fee.

Please get in touch with Advice today to see if you can claim compensation.

  • Call our claims advice line on 0161 696 9685
  • Contact us online to leave us a message
  • Or you can ask us a question below

On the other hand, you can read the guides below to learn more.

Learn More About Cyclist Accident Claims

Please check these resources to find out more about claiming compensation for a cycling accident.

How Much Compensation For Being Knocked Off My Bicycle Could I Get?

Can I Claim Compensation For Cycling Without A Bike Helmet?

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Cycling equipment and its uses – a RoSPA guide

Cycling safety advice for families – a RoSPA guide

A THINK! campaign guide to road safety laws

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