Bicycle Crash Claim for Compensation: A Claims Guide
Find out how much your personal injury claim may be worth
Bicycle crashes happen every day. Cyclists are vulnerable road users compared to any other vehicle on the road. The slightest wrong movement over uneven ground or a pothole can lead to severe injuries and damage to your bike, particularly if the accident involves being hit by a car or being knocked off your bike.
Accidents involving bicycles can be severe and life-changing, especially if it affects your mobility. Severe damage could lead you to have to take time off work or even require you to change your career because you will not be able to perform your duties. Your family may also be affected by your injury as you may need their assistance to carry out everyday tasks. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident due to someone else’s negligence or breach of duty, you may be entitled to make a bicycle crash claim for compensation.
Whether the accident happened at on the road or on private property, bicycle accident compensation can help you cover the expenses, the inconvenience brought on by the severe health concerns and the pain and suffering. We understand that claims for cycle accidents are unique and sometimes hard to explain without evidence; however, our injury lawyers will stand by you, support you throughout the process, and make sure your claim’s resolved as quickly as possible.
Bicycle Crash Claim: Common Types Of Cycling Accidents
Cycling injuries can vary from minor damage, which may take weeks or months to recover from, to more severe long term damage, which will take longer to recover from, require surgery, or leave permanent damage. The most common types of cyclist injuries include:
- Bruises, scrapes and cuts, including deep gashes if the cyclist is thrown from the bike.
- Muscular issues such as strains and other soft tissue injuries
- Broken Bones
- Head Injury
- Spinal Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Joint dislocation
If you were injured in a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault, you might be liable to claim compensation. Get in touch with Beacon Law today to find out more about making a personal injury claim.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Beacon Law has dealt with numerous claims resulting in injury due to various types of bicycle accidents. There are many factors that can lead to a bike accident happening. The most common types of bicycle accidents include:
- Road Traffic Accidents: These types of accidents can happen if a vehicle crashes into your bike whilst you were cycling.
- Defective Equipment: Equipment that is supposed to keep you safe may be faulty. Equipment such as faulty crash helmets may break or become loose, which could lead to head or brain injuries. Other bicycle accidents may be caused by safety issues with how the bicycle was manufactured.
- Poorly Maintained Roads: Uneven roads, poorly managed drain covers or potholes are a main cause of injury for cyclists
- Colliding with pedestrians
If you have suffered an injury due to a cycling accident, even if it is not listed above, you may be able to make a bicycle crash claim. Contact us to speak to one of our specialist personal injury solicitors today to start your claim.
What Should I do After a Bicycle Accident?
If you suffered your injury due to a road traffic accident, stop at the scene of the accident and swap details with all parties to the accident including their registration number and details of their insurance company. Ensure you obtain details of any witnesses to the accident as witness statements may be required to prove liability.
You should seek appropriate medical attention from a GP or hospital as soon as possible. If your injury is severe, you should seek urgent attention at a hospital.
We would advise that you keep receipts for any medical treatment you had had to pay to recover the expenses when you were making a claim.
If you would like to make a bicycle crash claim, or if you would like to discuss the claims process with a personal injury solicitor, contact Beacon Law today using the contact forms on our website, or call us on 0330 1332 857.
You should be aware that there is a strict time limit of 3 years from the accident date for making a personal injury claim. This period may be extended in special circumstances; however, we would advise that you start your cycling accident claim as early as possible to avoid your cycling claim becoming statute-barred.
Bicycle Crash Claim Compensation Value
If you have decided to make a claims for a cyclist accident, you may be wondering, “how much is my bicycle crash claim worth?” Unfortunately, it is difficult for us to determine the exact amount of compensation you will receive for a cyclist accident without knowing the severity of the injury and the facts of the case.
Your compensation award will be split into general damages and special damages.
General damages refer to the amount of compensation you will receive for your injury, i.e., your pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Each case is unique, as are all injuries, and; therefore, the value of your claim will be difficult to determine without knowing all the facts. The figure will be based on the type of injury sustained and the severity and impact the damage has had on your life or the effect it may continue to have on your future.
Special damages refer to any additional financial losses you may have sustained as a direct result of the accident and can include:
Travel and parking costs.
Loss of earnings.
Costs of any private treatment you may have required.
Compensation for any additional care and assistance you required.
In most cases, you will be required to attend an appointment with an independent medical expert who will provide a medical report based on your cycling accident and injuries. Following the receipt of this medical report, we will estimate the value of your injuries. We may also be able to arrange any further treatment for your injuries at this point if the expert states a requirement for this within the report.
How Much Do Cyclist Accident Claims Costs?
There is often worry and concern about the costs involved in an accident claim. The good news is, you should not be left out of pocket when making a personal injury claim.
We offer our services on a No Win No Fee basis. This agreement means that you will not be required to pay our fees if your claim is unsuccessful. Our prices will be deducted from your compensation at the conclusion of your case if you successfully make a bicycle accident claim.
The only requirement for this agreement is that you cooperate with us throughout the process of your claim and that you are honest with us at every stage.
To find out more, feel free to have a look at our funding section on our website.
Why Choose Beacon Law For Your Bicycle Crash Claim?
Beacon Law is a leading personal injury law firm that offers a range of personal injury claim services to our clients, including cycling accident compensation. We provide a high level of service to all our clients and work hard to ensure they receive the appropriate treatment and highest level of compensation for their injuries.
We work closely with all clients, following their instructions whilst providing specialist legal advice on each case. We aim to support all our clients throughout a time that is already difficult and give the best case management possible throughout all legal proceedings.
If you require advice on a potential case or assistance, please contact us on 0330 1332 857. Alternatively, please complete our online form, and a Personal Injury expert will contact you to help you start your claim.
Beacon Law are a Solicitors registered in England and Wales, with our registered office based in Manchester. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.