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How Much Compensation For Cyclist Accident Claims?

By Cat Way. Last Updated 29th November 2023. Have you been injured in a road traffic accident while riding your bike? If so, this comprehensive guide to cyclist accident claims will answer your questions.

We’ll explain what is required to be eligible to claim for a cycling accident. We’ll also discuss how cycle accident solicitors could assist and how to go about hiring one for your case.

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Advice On Cyclist Accident Claims

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  1. How Much Could I Receive In Cycle Accident Compensation?
  2. The Criteria For Cyclist Accident Claims
  3. How Are Cycling Accidents Caused?
  4. How Long Do I Have To Make A Cyclist Accident Claim?
  5. Can I Claim If Injured By An Uninsured Or Untraced Driver?
  6. Make A No Win No Fee Cyclist Accident Claim Today

How Much Could I Receive In Cycle Accident Compensation?

If you make a successful cycling compensation claim, your settlement will include general damages.

General damages compensate for the physical pain and mental suffering that you experienced as a result of the injuries you suffered in the cycle accident. To help assign value to your injuries, legal professionals may refer to the compensation guidelines brackets found in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This text provides guideline compensation figures for different types of injuries.

In our table below, we look at a few figures from the 16th edition of the JCG. As all personal injury claims are different, we’ve only provided it for your guidance. Furthermore, we should note that the top entry of this table has not been taken from the JCG.

Injury Type Notes Amount
Multiple Severe Injuries And Financial Losses Multiple severe injuries plus substantial financial losses such as lost earnings, home adjustments, and mobility aids. Up to £1,000,000+
Very Severe Brain Injury (a) There is some ability to follow basic commands, but little if any meaningful response to the surrounding environment, and little or no language function. £282,010 to £403,990
Moderately Severe Brain Injury (b) A very serious disability with substantial dependence on others. £219,070 to £282,010
Severe Back Injury (a) (i) The most severe injuries fall under this bracket, including damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots leading to very serious consequences such as pain and disability. £91,090 to £160,980
Moderate Back Injury (ii) Soft tissue injuries, disturbance of the ligaments and muscles, and other common injuries giving rise to pain and some disability. £12,510 to £27,760
Chest Injuries (b) Traumatic chest, lung or heart injury causing permanent damage and function impairment. £65,740 to £100,670
Severe Foot Injuries (d) Fractures to both feet or heels resulting in significantly reduced mobility and permanent pain. £41,970 to £70,030
Severe Leg Injury (b)(iii) Comminuted or compound fractures. Or a joint/ligament injury that causes leg instability and will require prolonged treatment. £39,200 to £54,830
Moderate Pelvis and Hip Injury (b)(i) A significant pelvis or hip injury but with no major risks or a permanent disability. £26,590 to £39,170
Shoulder Injury (e) Fracture of the clavicle. Consideration given to injury severity and level of disability. £5,150 to £12,240

If you have any questions about bicycle accident compensation claims, speak to one of the advisors from our team.

Special Damages In Bicycle Accident Claims

If you receive general damages in your cycling compensation claim payout, you may also be able to receive special damages. Special damages can compensate any financial losses or expenses that can be directly linked to your bicycle accident in which you sustained an injury.

Potential financial losses and expenses that could be covered may include:

  • Loss of earnings, if, for instance, your cycling accident and subsequent injury has caused you to take unpaid time off work.
  • Travel costs you’ve had to accumulate while recovering from your cycling accident injuries.
  • The cost of home adaptations or personal care to assist you with everyday activities.

You will need evidence to receive compensation for special damages. Evidence could include invoices, receipts, bank statements and payslips.

For more advice on cycling accident compensation amounts, contact our advisors for free today.

The Criteria For Cyclist Accident Claims

If you’ve been injured in a cycling accident, you might be wondering if you can make a cycling injury compensation claim. In order to form the basis of a valid claim, you first have to prove that you were owed a duty of care.

All road users owe each other a duty of care to use the roads in a way that prevents harm or damage to themselves and others. In order to uphold this duty, road users have to comply with the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Cyclists are considered more vulnerable than drivers and motorists in the Highway Code, and as such, each party has different responsibilities. If another road user has failed to uphold their responsibilities, and you are injured as a result, then you may be able to make a cycling injury claim.

Read on to learn more about cycling injury claims, or contact our team of advisors today to find out if you could be eligible to make a claim. A member of our team can evaluate your claim for free and could potentially connect you with one of our solicitors.

How Are Cycling Accidents Caused?

After suffering a cycling injury, if you can prove that any harm you experienced was caused by a negligent road user, you may be eligible to claim personal injury compensation.

In this section, we want to focus on the potential causes of a bike accident where a road user acted negligently and was at fault. For example:

  • You might be hit by a car and suffer a traumatic head injury if a motorist fails to check their mirrors before pulling out of a driveway.
  • A motorcyclist could collide with you when you turn at a junction, but they were unable to stop in time because they were driving above the speed limit.
  • If someone is driving under the influence, they may not be able to concentrate on the road and do not notice you. As a result, they may crash into you.
  • A lorry or HGV driver might be using their phone whilst driving, meaning they aren’t paying attention. Subsequently, they may knock you off the road.

Not all potential causes of a bike accident are listed above. If your situation isn’t shown in the list above, you may still be able to claim. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and our cycle accident claims advisors can let you know what to do if you have a cycle accident.

How Long Do I Have To Make A Cyclist Accident Claim?

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, compensation could be owed to you if you could prove it was caused by the negligence of another. However, it’s important to know the time limits involved when making a claim. Following an injury caused by a cyclist accident, compensation claims must generally begin within 3 years of the accident. You can find this time limit in the Limitation Act 1980.

The time limit can differ for certain groups of claimants. If the injured party is a child, then the time limit does not begin until they turn 18. They cannot make their own claim before this date; but a claim could potentially be started on their behalf by an appointed litigation friend.

A time limit also usually doesn’t apply to victims who have reduced mental capacity. In such cases, a litigation friend could potentially be appointed to claim on the injured party’s behalf. Get in touch if you have any questions about bicycle accident claim payouts and whether you could still be able to claim.

Can I Claim If Injured By An Uninsured Or Untraced Driver?

You may wonder if you are eligible for bicycle accident compensation if an uninsured or untraced driver caused your injuries.

If you have been injured by an untraced or uninsured driver, you will make your claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). The MIB helps compensate those who have been injured in a road traffic accident with an uninsured or untraceable driver. However, you will still need to prove that the uninsured driver was at fault for the accident due to them breaching their duty of care.

The MIB will investigate your claim and will require supporting documentation and evidence. This may include a police report or contacting any eyewitnesses to the accident.

Successful bicycle accident claims made through the MIB will be awarded compensation in the same manner as traditional personal injury claims for road traffic accidents.

Call our advisors to learn more about how to make a claim through the MIB or if you have any questions about claiming bike accident compensation.

Make A No Win No Fee Cyclist Accident Claim Today

If you are eligible to make a cycling accident claim, one of our lawyers may be able to work on your case under a Conditional Fee Agreement. This is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement in which you would not need to pay your lawyer for their work upfront or throughout the process of your bike injury compensation claim. Furthermore, should your claim not succeed, you will not be required to pay them for their services.

Should your claim succeed, your lawyer will deduct a small, legally capped success fee from your payout.

To discuss your case in further detail and to see if you could be eligible to work with one of our No Win No Fee lawyers, you can contact our advisors. They can help answer any questions you may have about cycle injury claims and offer you free advice.

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Remember, if you have any questions or would like any advice on cyclist accident claims just get in touch today for free.

Helpful Bicycle Accident Resources and Guides

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide to cycle accident compensation claims. Below, you can find more information and guides you may find useful.

The Highway Code

All road users must abide by the Highway Code, and here you can read the guidelines in full.

An NHS Guide To Broken Bones

If you’ve suffered a broken bone in an accident, this NHS guide will tell you more about treatments, symptoms and recovery time. This information could help to build strong cycle accident claims for you.

Whiplash Compensation Calculator

If you’ve suffered a neck injury in a road traffic accident, you can find out how to claim and what amount of compensation you could receive by heading here.

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