Cycle Accident Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

There are many benefits to taking up cycling as a form of transport. As well as being a good form of exercise it’s cheaper and greener than driving or using public transport. Cyclists also aren’t affected by traffic jams in the way that larger vehicles are, and don’t have to share sweaty, cramped or loud spaces on buses or trains during busy periods. However, cycling on the roads is not without its risks. Because a bicycle doesn’t have an outer shell like a car, bus or lorry, the cyclist is more likely to be injured, if they are involved in an accident.

Our Cycle Accident Claims Guide

Cycle accident compensation claim

Cycle accident compensation claim

Have you recently been involved in a cycling accident that was not your fault? Then you could be owed compensation for your injuries. As well as being able to claim compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity, you could also claim funds to pay for any medical treatment or additional costs you have that are related to your injuries.

UK Law could supply you with an excellent lawyer to handle your cycling accident claim for compensation. Our panel of personal injury solicitors have up to three decades of experience handling cycling accident claims and will always fight to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you could claim. In addition to this, we handle all of our claims on a no win no fee basis. Get in contact with UK law, to begin your compensation claim for a cycle accident, as soon as possible.

Contacting Our Specialist Team

Call UK Law today to begin your bike accident claim. If you have legitimate grounds to claim, we will begin the cycle accident claim process. Remember, your claim for a bike accident could be worth a large sum of money, so call us on 020 3870 4868 or use our online enquiry form to contact us today to see if you are entitled to claim.

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Everything You Need To Know About Cycle Accident Claims

As we have stated, cyclists are more vulnerable as road users, than people driving a car, or riding as passengers on a bus, because their vehicle is open to the elements. This means that if they experience a collision with another vehicle, or experience any other type of accident, they are likely to experience more serious types of injuries than other road users. For example, in 2016 there per billion passenger miles, there were 5,353 cyclist casualties and 29.5 cycling fatalities. By comparison, there were 262 car occupant casualties and 2.0 car occupant fatalities per billion passenger miles.

Although cyclists can take precautions such as wearing a helmet, making sure their lights work, and following cycling safely guidelines, even a careful and conscientious cyclist can find themselves seriously injured if involved in a cycle accident. In 2016 18,477 cyclists were injured on the road in Britain. 3,397 of these cyclists were seriously injured and 102 were killed. Therefore it is important that motorists and other road users, take extra care around cyclists.

In this guide to cycle accident compensation claims, we will explain what a cycling accident is, what injuries they can cause and how these injuries can be treated. We will look at common cycling claim examples and explain how you can go about making a cycle accident claim for compensation. A personal injury claim calculator has also been included, to help you estimate how much compensation you can claim for your injuries.

Remember, UK Law can provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor to handle your bicycle accident claim. Call us today and if we can see that you are owed compensation, our panel of excellent solicitors will start working on your cycling accident claim as soon as it is possible to.

What Is A Cycle Accident?

A cycle accident is any sort of accident which results in a bicycle rider becoming injured. They usually occur on the road and are often the result of a road traffic accident such as a collision with a car. In a smaller number of cases, a bicycle accident could occur because of poor conditions on the road, such as oil spilt on the road, or on off-road settings such as a park or field.

Drivers have a duty of care towards all other road users. This means that they are responsible for driving in a way that upholds the safety of other road users. This includes other drivers, passengers in motor vehicles, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians crossing the road. If a cycling accident occurs because of a driver making an error, the driver could be held liable for any injuries that the cyclist has to suffer as a result. Similarly, if a cyclist is injured by a third party, for example, because a construction company spilt a slippery substance onto the road, causing their tyres to lose their grip on the road and the cyclist to fall, the third part will be held liable for any injuries caused.

What to do if someone hits you on your bike? If you are injured because of a cycle accident that was caused by a car, another vehicle or a third party, you could be able to claim compensation. Call UK Law today. If you have the right to claim, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury claims solicitor to work on your claim. You could be awarded a bicycle accident claim payout for your injuries so call today to begin your claim.

Statistics For Cycling And Cycling Accidents In The UK

The UK is a relatively safe country for cycling. The UK has 1.6 cycling fatalities per million inhabitants, across other EU countries the number is 4.0 cycling fatalities per million inhabitants. However, this may be because in some countries, a higher portion of the population cycle. For example, 17% of all trips in Denmark are by bike.

In the UK the majority of bike accidents take place in London and South East England. In the year 2017, there were 4,500 cyclist casualties in London. This reaffirms warnings which are common about the danger of cycling in London, or the level of traffic.

What Are The Most Common Causes Of Bicycle Accidents?

What causes cycling accidents? A cycling accident can be the fault of the cyclist, another person on the road, or poor conditions. We will look at some cycling claim examples.

First of all, a cyclist can be responsible for causing a bicycle accident. The cyclist could make an error resulting from poor judgement, inexperience or becoming distracted. Their brakes could fail, or they could enter the road suddenly from the pavement, not giving the car enough time to stop. If the cyclist caused their accident, they will not be able to claim compensation. If the cyclist is deemed partially at fault for their accident by a judge, which is known as split liability, the cyclist may be able to claim a reduced amount of compensation. For example, if the accident is 50% the fault of a cyclist, and 50% the fault of a driver, the cyclist may be able to claim 50% of the compensation that they would have been awarded, had the driver been completely at fault.

Now we will look at some common cycling claim examples. These are examples of cycle accidents which are caused by a driver, or a third party.

Cycling claim examples:

  • A vehicle pulling out at a junction, hitting a cyclist that had the right of way.
  • A vehicle overtaking a cyclist then turning, assuming the cyclist as enough time to stop. The cyclist may crash into the side of the vehicle, or be hit by the front of the vehicle.
  • Drivers turning or changing lanes, in front of a cyclist’s path. This often happens because they have not properly checked their mirrors.
  • Vehicles not indicating at roundabouts and turning into a cyclist’s lane causing a crash.
  • A driver or passenger opening their vehicle door in front of an oncoming cyclist, not giving them enough time to react. The cyclist can be injured on impact, or thrown off their bike.
  • Poor conditions on the roads such as oil spilt onto the roads, or potholes can cause accidents. A local authority or freighting company may be responsible for these accidents.

Can a cyclist claim against a car? Yes. If you have been injured because of a bike accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim a bicycle accident settlement amount in the UK. Call UK Law today to begin your cycle accident claim today.

What Injuries Can Be Sustained In Cycling Accidents?

What are some common examples of injuries caused by cycling accidents?

  • Severe bruising and cuts.
  • Road rash, skin abrasions caused by friction with the road.
  • Soft tissue injuries.
  • Broken and fractured bones.
  • Spinal cord injury.
  • Fatal accidents.

In some extreme cases where the cyclist suffers a head injury or damage to their spinal cord, the may become permanently disabled.

Treatment And Recovery

In the case of a life-changing injury, such as a spinal cord injury or serious head injury, the injured person may need extensive treatment. As well as immediate medical care, they may need to be rehabilitated and psychological therapy. In some cases, their injury may be permanent and they may need long term specialist care, including at-home care or residential care. If you make a successful cycle accident compensation claim, your bicycle accident claim payout will cover the cost of any treatment you may need, including the cost of care.

To being your cycle accident claim process, call UK Law today. If you have the right to claim, we will provide you with an excellent injury lawyer to handle your claim for cycling accident compensation.

Cycling Tips And Accident Prevention

If you are a cyclist, there are many steps you can take to keep yourself safe on the road and help prevent accidents. These include the following cycling safety tips:

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Make sure the lights on your bike work.
  • Wear reflective clothing at night. Keep your eyes up and focus on the road ahead, don’t cycle and look at the floor.
  • Never ride against the traffic.
  • Ride bikes in single file, with one person per bike.
  • Communicate with other road users by using the proper hand signals.
  • Do not distract yourself by wearing headphones or looking at your phone while cycling
    Plan ahead for journeys.

Cycle Accident And Injury Compensation Calculator

If you have been injured because of a cycling accident, you are probably curious to know how much compensation you could receive for your bike accident claim.

You can use our bicycle accident claim calculator to estimate how much compensation you could receive in general damages. General damages are compensation funds which are awarded to compensate the injured person for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity, they have experienced. Use our personal injury claims calculator to estimate how much compensation you could claim.

InjuryComments On This InjuryPossible Settlement
Severe arm injuryInjuries where the victim does not lose the arm, but the effect is extremely similar to this.£84,310 to £114,810
Less severe arm injuryWhilst there may be a level of disability, the claimant will have recovered a lot already.£16,830 to £34,340
Simple Fractures of the ForearmSimple fractures only affecting the forearm£5,810 to £16,830
Minor head injury or brain injuryIf the accident has caused any brain damage this will be minimal.£1,940 to £11,200
Moderate PTSDThe victim will largely recover or have largely recovered. If there are any effects these should not be grossly disabling.£7,170 to £20,290
Fractures of Nose or Nasal ComplexEither serious or multiple fractures of the facial bones where there is permanent injury to either the airways, to the facial nerves or to the tear ducts. There may be facial deformities.£9,330 to £20,280
Fractures of CheekbonesRanging from simple up to serious fractures of the cheekbones.£2,040 to £13,840
Fractures of JawsRanging from simple fractures of the jaw up to serious and even very serious or multiple fractures of the jaw bone.£5,660 to £39,940
Wrist InjuriesLess serious injuries where the person is left with a permanent level of disability?£11,040 to £21,480
Moderate Hand InjuryInjuries to the soft tissues or the bones.£5,110 to £11,640

In addition to general damages, you will also receive special damages, which pay for any expenses you may have as the result of your injuries, such as the cost of medical care, rehabilitation, at home or residential care, loss of income and mobility equipment. Special damages are not included in our personal injury claims calculator, so if you wish to know how much you could claim in special damages, call UK Law today.

Can I Claim If Injured In A Hit And Run Cycle Accident?

A hit and run accident is when a driver causes a collision on the roads, then drives away rather than stopping to take responsibility for their error. Luckily, the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) offers an Untraced Drivers Agreement. This is a policy which allows injured parties to claim cycle accident compensation, even if the driver has not been identified. If you have been injured because of a hit and run cycle accident, call UK Law today about making a cycle accident claim for compensation.

Can I Claim If Injured By An Uninsured Driver

Many of our clients ask us, “how do I claim insurance after a bike accident?” If you make a bike accident compensation claim against a driver, it will be paid for by the driver’s insurance. What happens if you are hit by an uninsured driver? The Motor Insurers Bureau, an agency that every car insurance firm in the UK is required to pay into, can provide you with a bicycle accident claim payout. Unfortunately, a payout for a cyclist hit by an uninsured driver is lower than a payout for a cyclist hit by an insured driver but receiving something is always better than receiving nothing. If you have been injured because of negligence on the part of an uninsured driver, call UK Law today. We can provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer to handle your cycle accident claim process today.

How Much Time Do I Have To Make A Cycle Accident Claim?

If you have been injured in a cycling accident that was not your fault, you will have three years in which to begin your cycling personal injury claim process. This is because there is a three-year personal injury claims time limit in the UK to begin a compensation claim. The time limit begins from the day the accident happened or the day that the person realised that they had been harmed.

If you have been injured whilst cycling because of an accident that was not your fault, call us today to avoid falling outside of the personal injury claims time limit.

What To Do If Someone Hits You On Your Bike?

If you are hit by a car whilst on your bike, or you are involved in any other sort of cycle accident that was not your fault, you can do the following to collect evidence to support your claim. Of course, if you are seriously or critically injured, your first priority should be to go to hospital for medical treatment, everything else can wait until your condition has stabilised.

  • Speak to the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident. Take down their number plate registration, name and contact details. Do not sign anything, they or their insurance company give you, or accept any responsibility for the accident at the scene of the accident or later on.
  • Report the cycle accident to the police within 24 hours.
  • Take photographs of your injuries to provide visual evidence of the accident.
  • If the hazard that caused your accident is visual, for example, an oil spill in the road, take photographs of it. These photos can be used as visual evidence.
  • Report your accident.
  • Keep the receipts of any purchases you make, which are related to your accident, such as the cost of a taxi to the hospital. You may be able to claim back these expenses. The receipts can also provide evidence to support your claim.
  • Speak to eyewitnesses. Take down their name and contact details. They may be able to give evidence later on.

Do You Handle Cycle Accident Claims On A No Win No Fee Basis?

Our panel of personal injury solicitors offer all of our clients the option to make a no win no fee claim. This means that the client does not have to pay an upfront solicitors fee. Instead, they will only have to pay their solicitors fee if the claim is successful. This means that there is less financial risk involved. What’s more, because you don’t have to pay an upfront solicitors fee, making a no win no fee claim is the more affordable option for many of our clients.

Contact UK Law today about making a cycling accident claim. If you have the right to claim, we will assign an excellent personal injury solicitor to your case.

Resources For Cyclists

If you have been injured whilst cycling because of a road traffic accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. Call us today for your free consultation. If you have the right to claim, we will provide you with an excellent no win no fee solicitor who will start working on your claim right away.

We have included these resources which you may find useful if you have recently been injured because of a cycling accident.