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Free Advice On Cycle Accident Caused By Cars Changing Lanes? Who is At Fault?

Cycling has always been popular over the years as a mode of transport getting to and from school or work, or just for leisure. Cycling clubs are also becoming increasingly popular as a hobby and / or sport. In fact the number of people choosing to cycle has increased by over a quarter over the last twenty years and amazingly, 3.2 billion miles are cycled on roads in the UK each year.

Cycling accidents are one of the most common personal injury claims purely due to the number of people who cycle and the increased number of vehicles on our roads. Often one of the main causes for cycling accidents is at roundabouts or junctions with many cycle accidents caused by cars changing lanes.

If you have been involved in a bike accident UK and have suffered an injury as a result, you will be able to make a bike accident compensation claim.

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A guide to accident claims for cycle accidents caused by cars changing lanes

Cycling is a fantastic way to keep in good health as it keeps you fit, can help weight control and has been shown to reduce the risk of such illnesses as coronary heart disease. However, during a cycling survey, over half of the people questioned did not participate in cycling with the main reason being concerned over road safety and drivers being inconsiderate to cyclists.

Cycling accident statistics UK wide suggest that although accidents involving cyclists and other road users are common, the amount of cyclists being killed has actually decreased, but injuries, minor and often serious, are still prevalent among cyclists on our roads. With the roads being busier than they’ve ever been with many multilane junctions and roundabouts, it’s not really surprising that cars changing lanes accident with cyclists are extremely common.

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Our cycling accident solicitors are experts in their field and will work hard to get the cycling accidents compensation amounts you deserve if you have been injured in a cycle accident caused by cars changing lanes. Maybe you have been knocked off cycle by car whilst changing lanes? There are many cycle claim examples that our specialist solicitors have years of experience with and so will be able to help you with your bike accident compensation claim.

This guide has been produced to help answer some of the initial questions you may have regarding bicycle accidents statistics, cars changing lanes accident claims, cycling accident compensation amounts, eligibility and much more. Please read on and for any further questions you may have, feel free to contact us.

What is a cycle accidents caused by cars changing lanes?

This refers to accidents that occur as cars are changing course, approaching, going through and exiting junctions / roundabouts, between a vehicle and a cyclist that is due to the negligence of the driver.

There are many causes of cycling accidents, with cars changing lanes as being one of the most common causes. Multilane junctions and roundabouts can be extremely hazardous particularly for cyclists. If drivers are travelling at speed or do not thoroughly check in their mirrors when changing lanes, accidents can occur quite easily. Cyclists are easy to miss when drivers are only looking quickly before changing lanes’ especially when the roads are busy, also there are blind spots where drivers cannot see anything that’s beside them that are in a particular spot.

Long vehicles need to be extra vigilant due to their blind spots. For example, if a cyclist is on the inside and a long vehicle wants to turn left, the driver may not be able to see the cyclist in their mirrors and so turn, thinking it is clear to do so resulting in an accident. However cyclists themselves need to be alert and take care too, sometimes the accident can be due to the cyclist at fault in a car accident.

If you have been injured whilst cycling and need some advice as to whether you are eligible to make a bike accident compensation claim, give our cycling accident solicitors a call, they have decades of experience in personal injury claims and will be able to help you.

Cycle accident statistics

There were 18,844 cyclists that were injured in road traffic accidents that were reported in 2015. At least 3,339 of these were either seriously injured or killed.

Below is a table that shows the number of reported accidents involving cyclists in 2015. However, there are accidents that happen that do not get reported where a cyclist has been injured, and accidents that happen away from the road, so the figures in the table are to be viewed as just the minimum, as although the number of cyclists that were killed will be correct, the number of cyclists injured could potentially be two or three times more than what these figures suggest.

 Child (0-15 years old)Adult
Fatal694
Seriously injured2722,933
Slightly injured1,65113,508
Total amount1,92916,535

Source: https://www.rospa.com/road-safety/advice/pedal-cyclists/facts-figures/

Is cycle use in the UK increasing?

Cycling statistics for the UK show that the level of cycling has increased steadily each year since 2008.

Figures suggest that in 2016, the number of miles cycled rose around 23% more than ten years ago, going up to 3.5 billion miles. This was an increase of 6.3% more miles than the previous year of 2015. It was the highest figure since 1987.

However, if the amount of cycling now was compared to the amount in 1949, you can see that we do not cycle half as much as we used to all those years ago. In 1949, it was calculated that the amount of miles cycled was 14.7 billion compared to 3.5 billion in 2016.

The areas that have seen the biggest increase in cycling is urban cities. In London for example, cycling has increased by a massive 63% in 2015 since 2005.

So in conclusion, cycling is steadily increasing year on year. It is quite possible though that an increase in cycling accidents will occur purely due to the increased volume of cyclists and also other road users.

What to do if you are involved in a cycle accident caused by cars changing lanes

Knocked off my bike by a car! What should I do now?

If you are a cyclist and have been injured in an accident on the road due to a driver’s negligence, please read a few of our bicycle accident claim tips on what action to take to gather information that could help strengthen your bike accident compensation claim.

  • Medical report – Be sure you see a Doctor to get your injuries assessed and officially reported. Not only will your injuries be documented but the recommend treatment and expected recovery time will be written down too. This can really help when determining the amount of compensation you should receive.
  • Third party details – Get the details, such as name and phone number if you can, of the other person/s involved. Certainly try to get the details of the make and colour of their car or other vehicle and the registration number. This is particularly important as they can be traced with just their car details.
  • Witnesses – Try to get as many details as you can of any witnesses. Having a witness statement can really help your case.
  • Photos – If you are able, take photos of the accident such as car positioning, cycle position and damage, tyre marks on the road if any, etc. These could help in proving who was at fault. Also, take any photos you can of your injuries you have sustained. These provide visual proof of your pain and suffering.
  • Proof of expenses – Keep any proof of costs that you may have incurred as a direct result of the accident and the injuries you have sustained. These would include prescription fees, travelling costs and also, expenses that you have had for the repair or replacement of your bike.

How to begin a cycle accidents caused by cars changing lanes claim

If you want to make a compensation claim due to being injured in a cycle accident caused by cars changing lanes, you may feel a bit baffled as to where to start. This is where we can help.

We have cycling accident solicitors that specialise in personal injury claims and have years of experience and have seen many, many injury claims through to successful completion. All you need to do is call us and we will take it from there.

When we receive your call, firstly you will be offered a free consultancy session. During this session you can ask as many questions as you need to regarding your cycle accident compensation claim so that you feel happy and comfortable with how we go through the process of the claim. We can also get some information from you during this session so that we have as much knowledge as possible surrounding your case so that we can confidently begin to launch your claim. We may also offer to arrange a free local medical for you if we felt it may be required but would discuss this with you beforehand.

All of our personal injury claims solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis so there are absolutely no charges for you to pay until your case is a success , and in which case, we take just a small percentage of your compensation as payment. Please read on further for more information about No Win No Fee.

What can be claimed for after a cycle accident caused by cars changing lanes?

When you have been injured in an accident and want to claim compensation, there are a number of items that you want to make sure are included in your claim. These are:

  • General Damages: This is the amount of compensation you will receive for your injuries in general and the extent of your pain and suffering you have experienced as a result.
  • Care Claim: If you have had to have assistance around your home whilst you recover, the person who is assisting you can make a care claim.
  • Loss of Earnings: Any loss of income or future loss of expected income that has resulted from you being injured can be claimed for.
  • Travel Expenses: If you have incurred extra travelling costs as a direct result of being injured, you can include these in your claim. This also includes payments for alternative travel arrangements you have had to make, or any vehicle adaptions that have been necessary due to your accident.
  • Medical Expenses: This covers the cost of any medical diagnosis, treatments, counselling and prescription fees providing they are as a direct result of being involved in an accident that has caused you to be injured.

The most common types of cycle accidents

The majority of cycle accidents involving vehicles are at junctions. These accidents account for nearly two thirds of cycle and road traffic accidents. The main reasons for the collisions is nearly always where a car is pulling out of a junction left or right and into the path of a cyclist who is going straight on. Normally this is due to the negligence of the driver where they haven’t looked properly and therefore not seen the cyclist.

It is also found that another common cause of cycling accidents on the road is the cyclist at fault car accident UK where the cyclist has gone straight onto the road from the pavement directly into the path of a vehicle, without first checking that there are no vehicles approaching. In these instances where the cyclist is at fault, they wouldn’t be able to make a compensation claim, although the vehicle owner possibly could for damage to their vehicle or any injuries they may of sustained.

One particular study has recognised that rural roads are more of a danger to cyclists than main roads and in fact, the risk of being killed is higher than on main roads in urban areas. Also collisions are more likely when it is dark as the cyclist is harder to see. When making a compensation claim, if the cyclist was not wearing high-vis clothing or did not have appropriate lighting on their bike, this could go against them.

Accidents involving heavy goods vehicles are also common with a high proportion happening at junctions particularly when making a left turn due to the ‘blindspot’ and so the cyclist not being seen by the driver.

How much compensation will I get after a cycle accident caused by cars changing lanes?

When clients ring us to discuss making a compensation claim, they nearly always ask us “how much can I get?” Well, unfortunately, we can’t give you an exact number there and then as every case is unique, the injuries sustained vary, and people’s lives are affected differently. You could try an online cycle accident compensation calculator which may give you a figure, but this will only be an estimate.

What we can do though and so have done, is put a table together which gives an average payout amount for certain injuries which you may find useful. However, do not worry if your injury or complaint isn’t listed, when you ring us, we can shed more light on the matter.

Reason for compensationTypical average compensation amountComments
Severe Head Injury£215,000 - £310,000For those who have suffered severe head injuries rendering them unresponsive or in a vegetative state
Moderate Head Injury£12,500 - £200,000Changes in personality, loss of feeling s in limbs, mental disability
Minor Head Injury£1,500 - £9,500Head injury that although has not caused brain damage, but may have some longer lasting effects
Severe Back Injury£29,750 - £123,300Possible paralysis or damage to organs within the lower half of the body
Moderate Back Injury£8,750 - 30,750This refers to any ligament or tissue damage in the back and also to constant pain and suffering
Minor Back Injury£350 - £9,850Slipped disc or slight tissue damage
Severe Neck Injury£35,500 - £112,450Possible body movement restrictions. Lengthy pain and suffering
Moderate Neck Injury£29,600 - £42,300Fractures to the neck, reduced movement, stiffness
Minor Neck Injury£1,800 - £6,200This would be for more short term injuries such as whiplash
Severe Arm Injury£74,200 - £227,250Amputation of one or both arms and the extent it could have on the victim’s life
Moderate Arm Injury£30,100 - £99,750This is for if there's reduced movement in one or both arms and pro-longed pain and suffering
Minor Arm Injury£4,500 - £30,250This refers to those who may have suffered reduced movement in one or both arms but are expected to make a full recovery
Severe Leg Injury£75,100 - £215,000Amputation of one or both legs and the extent it could have on the victim’s life
Moderate Leg Injury£21,750 - £104,100Reduced movement and physical disability because of injuries sustained in the accident
Minor Leg Injury£1,800 - £17,900Fracture, tissue damage or a break that causes pain and suffering
Serious Knee Injury£39,700 - £72,970Permanent disability due to muscle and tissue damage.
Moderate Knee Injury£20.250 - £33,200Muscle and tissue damage, disability
Minor Knee Injury£4,750 - £19,600Painful injury, but one that will get better within time, going back to normal function
Pain and Suffering£1,000 - £200,000This refers to the amount of pain and suffering endured due to the injury
Loss of earnings£10,000 - £400,000This refers to the amount of income lost and future income lost based on the current pay grade
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000This refers to the amount of income lost and future income lost based on the current pay grade
Mental Anguish£3,550This refers to the victim's fear of death and expectation of end of life

No Win No Fee cycle accident claims

Our personal injury solicitors all work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you only pay our fees if your case is successful by giving us a percentage on your compensation award, and so, you do not need to pay out any money upfront or during the claims process at all and therefore there is no financial loss for you, in fact, you can only gain from working with us.

Another good thing for our clients about having a No Win No Fee service is that if in the unlikely event that your claim was unsuccessful, unlike solicitors that are paid by the hour, you will not be required to pay a single penny towards our legal fees. Solicitors that are paid by the hour would expect payment as the process moves forward and also at the end, regardless of the outcome, which could prove to be financially impossible for many people. With us there really is nothing to worry about, and there are no ugly surprises, so there’s no extra stress for you.

Why choose us as your claims service for a cycle accident claim?

There are lots of personal injury law firms out there but we truly believe that you would be hard pushed to find a better firm than ours to secure your compensation claim. Due to years of experience, we have a fantastic track record of successful claims and hundreds of happy clients.
We are honest, reliable, caring and won’t let you down. We are a truly professional team and treat every one of our claims cases with great importance, and no claim is too small or too big.

We work hard and do our best to get the most satisfying outcomes that we possibly can for our clients. We try our best to complete your compensation claim as smooth and effectively as we can so that you’re not caused any unnecessary stress and can concentrate on your recovery.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you have any queries regarding your bike accident UK compensation claim, and believe you may be entitled to compensation, please call us on 0800 073 8804. Your call will be answered by a member of our friendly and professional team who will be able to answer your questions and get your claim off to the best possible start they can.

Useful Links

Think! Road safety

This link takes you to the ‘Think’ road safety campaign that has a cycling section where it gives tips and advice for cyclists and for drivers.

Cycling accidents stats

This link takes you to a page that lists some of the cycling accident statistics UK.

Our guide to cycle accident claims

This is a link to another of our useful guides that is for general cycling accident claims.

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