Cycling Accident Compensation Claims
Cycling is a great way to travel. It’s more economical than driving, good for the environment and can have a positive impact on your health and well-being.
But the roads can be dangerous. No matter how good a cyclist you are, your safety depends on the competence of other road users.
It takes only a second for a driver to change lanes without looking – with potentially catastrophic consequences for any cyclist riding alongside.
Other road users aren’t the only hazard you face as a cyclist. Potholed roads with large puddles and oil slicks can result in serious injury (or fatal) accidents.
It could take months or even years of pain, rehabilitation and unforeseen expenses before your life gets back to normal. You could claim compensation if the accident wasn’t your fault.
What Kind Of Cycling Accidents Can I Claim For?
Cycling accidents can happen for a number of reasons:
- collisions with moving cars or other vehicles
- occupants of parked cars opening their doors without warning
- poorly maintained roads, cycle paths or shared spaces
- defective equipment on your bicycle (fault of manufacturer or retailer)
- negligence during an organised sporting activity
- pets or other animals obstructing your path.
If you weren’t responsible for the accident which caused your injury, you may be able to claim compensation.
Even if no-one else was involved at the time, that doesn’t mean nobody else is to blame. If the road you were cycling on was in a poor state of repair, the local council or the Highways Agency may have been negligent.
If you were involved in a cycling accident and you’re not sure if somebody else was responsible, please contact us as soon as you can. Our experts will help you to find out if you can claim.
What Kind Of Cycling Injuries Can I Claim For?
If you were involved in a cycling accident, you can make a claim if somebody else was either fully or partially to blame for the injuries you sustained.
Those injuries could include:
- brain and head injuries
- spinal injuries
- fractures and broken bones
- soft tissue injuries
- road rash.
Whether your injury was large or small, you should seek compensation for the negative impact it had on your life – be it loss of earnings, travel costs or more serious rehabilitation and care costs.
Were your bike and other personal possessions damaged too? You can claim for those losses.
How Much Can I Claim For My Cycling Injury?
The amount you can claim depends on how serious your injuries are and how much they have affected your life.
If somebody else was responsible for your injury, you could claim for past, current and future costs associated with:
- treatment, care, physiotherapy or other essential rehabilitation
- loss of earnings
- travel expenses (including visits to your GP, hospital or other healthcare providers)
- specialist equipment to help you cope with your injuries
- chronic pain
- mental well-being
- replacing your bicycle and any other damaged possessions.
How much is your claim worth?
This estimator tool will tell you how much you could claim.
Who Can Claim For A Cycling Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a cycling accident that was someone else’s fault, you should contact us.
You can also claim on somebody else’s behalf:
- If your child was injured in a cycling crash. You can claim any time before their 18th birthday.
- If a loved one lacks the mental capacity to make a claim themselves. There is no time limit.
- If a loved one died from the injuries sustained from a cycling accident. You will need to contact us within three years of their passing.
It is important not to delay. Be sure to contact us as soon as you think you may have a claim.
How Much Will It Cost Me To Make A Cycling Injury Claim?
A No Win No Fee agreement (also known as a conditional fee agreement) gives you security and peace of mind when making a personal injury claim. In the unlikely event that your claim is unsuccessful, it will cost you nothing.
In the likely event that you win your case, you may have to pay your solicitor a limited success fee. This is capped at 25% of the compensation for general damages and past losses.
Examples Of Successful Cycling Injury Claims
“The expert advice we’ve had was fantastic, absolutely invaluable,” said Steve Cooper, father of accident victim Mike.
Mike suffered a serious head injury after being knocked off his bike at the age of 20.
We helped the Coopers to claim compensation, set up a trust and arrange care for Mike.
Case Studies: Cycling Accident Victims We Have Helped
Wimborne, Dorset: A 48-year-old cyclist hit by a speeding car needed surgery to his right knee – and a metal plate and four screws in his left leg.
He gained £105,000 in compensation after Coles Miller took up his case.
He was initially offered £56,000 by the defendant’s insurer. But we helped him to secure a higher compensation offer – even though the three-year time limit had passed.
That £105,000 higher offer included £48,000 in interim damages so the victim didn’t have to wait for the final settlement before getting paid.
The accident happened at a roundabout. The defendant admitted liability after driving at speed and clipping the cyclist’s rear wheel.
Poole, Dorset: Coles Miller helped a cyclist in his 30s to claim £12,000 in compensation after he was knocked off his bike by a car while cycling home from work.
The car driver tried to deny responsibility. But we obtained CCTV footage from a nearby industrial unit. This footage proved that our client had been telling the truth.
Our client sustained significant head injuries in the crash. He suffered headaches and concentration problems for up to 12 months but was able to make a full recovery.
Parkstone, Dorset: A cyclist knocked off his electric bike in a cycle lane claimed £90,000 compensation with the help of Coles Miller.
The 41-year-old Parkstone man suffered a triple fracture to his left arm after a car crashed into him at Penn Hill junction, Poole. He required surgery to insert a metal plate into his elbow, as well as a fracture to his little finger (which needed to be pinned), along with cuts and bruises.
After obtaining the police report and discussions with the car driver’s insurer, Coles Miller were able to secure a full admission of liability.
The judicial compensation guidelines suggested a maximum award of £51,460 compensation for the injuries suffered. But before any losses were submitted, the defendant made an offer of £75,000 to settle the claim.
Coles Miller were able to negotiate further and agree an overall figure of £90,000 for our client.
Get Expert Legal Advice
If you’ve suffered a cycling injury due to somebody else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for how the incident has negatively impacted your life.
Book a free chat with a Coles Miller personal injury lawyer to find out more about No Win No Fee compensation claims – and how we can help you to get the maximum sum you deserve.
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