Cycle Accident Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim As A Cyclist Hit By A Car?

By Marianne Ghafa. Last Updated 22nd March 2022. Welcome to this guide on claiming cyclist hit by car compensation. Below, we look at cycle accident compensation in detail. We explain when a cyclist could be making an insurance claim against another road user, and how to calculate compensation.

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. 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

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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, such as loss of earnings.

UK Law could supply you with an excellent lawyer to handle your cycling accident claim for compensation. Our panel of personal injury solicitors have years 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 cycling accident as soon as possible.

Contacting Our Specialist Team About Cycling Accident Compensation

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 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.

Although cyclists can take precautions such as wearing a helmet, making sure their lights work, and following cycling safety guidelines, even a careful and conscientious cyclist can find themselves seriously injured if involved in a cycle accident. Therefore it is important that motorists and other road users take extra care around cyclists.

Guidance On Claiming Cyclist Hit By Car Compensation

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 compensation table 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 party 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 cycling 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.

Who could claim cyclist hit by a car compensation?

There are a number of people who could make a claim after a cyclist is hit by a car if a road user is negligent. Compensation claimants could include the following, depending on the situation:

Drivers of motor vehicles

If a driver of a motor vehicle hits a cyclist because the cyclist was at fault, they would not be able to claim as cyclists do not generally have the relevant insurance to claim against.

Cyclists

Cyclists themselves could make a claim for cycle accident compensation, if another road user was at fault for their accident and injuries.

Cycle Accident Compensation Claims By Litigation Friends

In some cases, it could be possible for an adult to claim on behalf of a child who has been injured as a cyclist hit by a car due to the driver’s negligence. Compensation would normally go into a trust for the child in such cases. In addition to this, a litigation friend could be appointed to claim cycle accident compensation for someone with reduced mental capacity.

Cyclist Hit By Car Compensation Claims By Bereaved Relatives

It could also be possible for a bereaved relative of somebody who has passed away due to a fatal cycle accident caused by negligence to claim compensation.

If you would like to know whether your situation could lead to a claim for cyclist hit by car compensation, please call our team.

Statistics For Cycling And Cycling Accidents In The UK

The Department for Transport provides helpful statistics on road traffic accidents that occur in Great Britain. These statistics show that 149 pedal cycles were involved in fatal accidents in 2020. There were also a reported 4,455 serious accidents and 12,162 slight accidents involving bicycles.

In the graph below, you can see the provisional figures on how many road users were injured on Britain’s roads in the year ending 2021 below.

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Not all cycling accidents could involve being hit by a car. But if the party at fault has the relevant insurance, you could still potentially claim compensation for any injuries. To find out more about claiming cyclist accident compensation, get in touch with our expert advisors at any time.

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 that 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 has 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?

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

Treatment And Recovery

In the case of a life-changing injury, such as a spinal cord injury or serious head or brain 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.£90,250 to £122,860
Less severe arm injuryWhilst there may be a level of disability, the claimant will have recovered a lot already.£18,020 to £36,770
Simple Fractures of the ForearmSimple fractures only affecting the forearm.£6,190 to £18,020
Minor head injury or brain injuryIf the accident has caused any brain damage this will be minimal.£2,070 to £11,980
Moderate PTSDThe victim will largely recover or have largely recovered. If there are any effects these should not be grossly disabling.£7,680 to £21,730
Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex (i)Either 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.£9,990 to £21,700
Fractures of Cheekbones (iii)Simple fracture of the cheekbone where a complete recovery will occur without surgery.£2,180 to £2,810
Fractures of JawsSerious fractures where permanent consequences could include paraesthesia and difficulty opening the mouth and eating.£16,860 to £28,610
Wrist Injuries (C)There will still be some form of long lasting disability, such as pain and stiffness.£11,820 to £22,990
Moderate Hand InjuryThis could include deep lacerations, soft tissue injuries, penetrating wounds and crush injuries. £5,260 to £12,460

In addition to general damages, you will also receive special damages, which pay for any expenses you may have incurred 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.

You could also potentially claim for calculable future loss, such as a continued loss of income. To claim special damages, you could provide evidence such as receipts, bills, invoices and payslips.

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 compensation for victims of accidents where the driver at fault is untraceable. This 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 Cyclist Hit By Car Compensation 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. 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 Claim Cyclist Accident Compensation?

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.

There are exceptions to this when children or adults with diminished mental capacity are involved in accidents. Both types of claimants would need a litigation friend to claim on their behalf as they cannot represent themselves in civil proceedings.

Claims for a minor can be made any time until they turn 18, at which point they have 3 years to start a claim themselves. For those with diminished mental capacity, a claim can be made at any time unless they recover, at which point they also have 3 years.

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.
  • 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 solicitor’s 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 from our panel 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.

Final Words On Cyclist Hit By Car Compensation Claims

We hope this claim helps if you’re looking to claim cyclist hit by car compensation. If you have questions about when a cyclist could be making an insurance claim for cycle accident compensation, please get in touch.