Cycling accident compensation claims
Cyclists are identified in the Highway Code as being amongst the most vulnerable of road users.
Cycling accidents commonly arise because of the actions of other road users, defects or hazards in the highway, or defective equipment. Injured cyclists may also experience financial losses.
Accidents can lead to injuries (sometimes minor, often severe), costly repair or replacement bills and in many cases consequential losses such as lost earnings.
How to claim for a cycling accident?
Our specialist cycling accident solicitors - many of whom are keen cyclists themselves and have links with a range of cycling organisations - may be able to help you if you have been injured while cycling. We have helped children and adults, leisure riders and club riders to pursue claims as a result of cycling accidents caused by the actions or omissions of others.
We will quickly assess the merits of any claim you might have and advise you as to the prospects for achieving a successful outcome as well as the likely value of any compensation you may be entitled to. You are unlikely to be faced with legal bills as our work is almost exclusively undertaken on a no win, no fee basis.
We have recovered millions of pounds in damages for injured claimants over almost 50 years of serving claimants injured through no fault of their own. We can also assist in arranging rehabilitative treatment where it is required.
From the relatively minor to catastrophic injury, we have specialist solicitors who can help if you have been injured in a cycling accident.
How much compensation can I get for a bike accident claim?
In the event of a successful claim, you can recover damages for your personal injuries and for your financial losses. The injury award is called general damages or pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA). The injury awarded is assessed in accordance with the Judicial College Guidelines and based on the independent medical evidence obtained.
In addition to the injury award, you can recover damages for any reasonably incurred expenses arising out of the accident and for your financial losses, for example, loss of earnings, medical expenses, gratuitous care provided by your family and property damage such as damage to your bicycle. The aim of the compensation is to return you to the position you were in immediately prior to the accident.
How long does it take to get compensation for a bicycle accident claim?
There are a number of factors that affect a cycling injury claim. These make it difficult to give an exact timescale and are affected by:
- The availability to collect evidence
- Where the entity responsible admits liability
- The nature of your injury and illness
It’s important to consider all these factors as our specialist solicitors need to evaluate the true impact of your injury or illness when calculating your compensation.
What if the driver was uninsured or untraceable?
In the event that the collision was caused by a motorist, then damages are paid by the motorist’s insurance company. Approximately 10% of drivers on Britain’s roads are uninsured. In the event that the driver does not have a valid policy of insurance or you were hit by a ‘hit and run’ driver, then a claim is made to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
If you were involved in a crash as a result of a defect to the road surface, then a claim can be made against the council under the Highways Act 1980. These claims are often not straightforward.