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A Guide To Working With Cycling Accident Solicitors

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 3rd July 2024. If you’ve been knocked off your bicycle and suffered an injury, you may be looking for cycling accident solicitors to help you claim compensation. If so, you’ve found the right page.

We specialise in cycling accident claims and have decades of experience in helping our clients get the compensation they deserve.

Below, we explain the personal injury claims process, potential compensation payouts, and the role of No Win No Fee agreements.

If you’d like to get started with a personal injury claim now, then why not give our helpline a call? We offer a free case check and if we think you have a claim, we can help you get started the same day.

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  1. How Can Cycle Accident Solicitors Help Me?
  2. Examples Of Cycling Accidents And How They Happen
  3. Can Cycle Accident Solicitors Help Me Claim For A Hit And Run?
  4. Compensation Payouts In Cycling Accident Claims
  5. What Is A No Win No Fee Agreement?
  6. Make A Claim Today

How Can Cycle Accident Solicitors Help Me?

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident as a cyclist, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim. However, you will need to prove that your injury was directly caused by another road user breaching their duty of care.

Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, road users owe each other a duty of care. Per their duty of care, they must navigate the roads in a way which avoids causing harm to themself and others. Furthermore, they must adhere to the rules set out for them in the Highway Code to promote road safety. If another road user were to breach their duty of care, this could result in you being injured in a cycling accident.

If you meet the above criteria, one of our cycling accident solicitors could help you with your case. They have experience with various types of cycling accident claims, and could help you with:

  • Gathering evidence to support your case.
  • Collecting statements from any witnesses to the accident.
  • Arranging an independent medical assessment for your injuries.
  • Guiding you through the personal injury claims process.

To find out if you could be eligible to work with one of our cycling accident claims solicitors, you can contact our advisors today.

How long do I have to make a cycling accident claim?

Just like most other personal injury accident claims, you have to submit your claim within three years of the date of the initial accident. Failure to do so may mean that your claim is invalid. However, many people prefer to submit their claim soon after their accident in order to get the quickest resolution so they can move on quickly after their accident. The sooner you submit a claim after the accident, the easier it may be to gather evidence, and the fresher events will be in your memory.

The rules for claiming for children are, however, slightly different. Whilst an adult can submit a claim on behalf of a child, if they do not choose to do so then the child may submit a claim once they become an adult. They will have 3 years from the date they turn 18 to file their claim for their injuries.

If you are unsure as to whether you are within the claim time limits, or want to know whether any exceptions to this rule apply to you, then why not call one of our experts. They will be happy to investigate this for you and put you in touch with one of our cycle accident solicitors.

Examples Of Cycling Accidents And How They Happen

When you are cycling, there are numerous types of accidents that could potentially occur if another party that owed you a duty of care breaches it. If you are injured as a result, this could lead you to seek a bike injury solicitor and start a personal injury claim. Examples of potential cycling accidents that may lead you to start a claim with the help of a cycle injury solicitor include the following:

  • A collision with a car or another vehicle at a junction or at traffic lights. The collision may have occurred because the driver of the vehicle did not pay enough due care and attention and was unaware you were nearby. Or they may have failed to provide you a safe amount of room while overtaking you. This could cause you to suffer various injuries, such as a break or fracture.
  • A driver pulls out of a junction without checking if it is clear first. This results in them hitting you while you are on your bike and suffering multiple injuries.
  • A driver fails to check that the bike line is clear before opening their door, resulting in your colliding with the open door and falling off your bike. Depending on how fast you were pedalling you could suffer various injuries at various severities.

For more advice on whether you are eligible to claim for a cycling accident that has injured you and how one of our cycle accident solicitors could help, please contact our team today.

Can Cycle Accident Solicitors Help Me Claim For A Hit And Run?

In addition to covering uninsured drivers, the MIB also covers untraceable drivers. Therefore, if you have been struck on the road by another vehicle that does not stop at the scene, and are left with injuries, then it is likely that you will be able to submit a claim to the MIB. It is worth noting that in addition to covering accidents caused by drivers who cannot be traced, the MIB also ensure victims of accidents caused by foreign vehicles are compensation where applicable, as part of the Green Card system.

If you have been the victim of a hit and run accident on a bike, then we can help. Simply call our team of experts for free, no-obligation help and advice, and assessment of whether you would have a valid claim for compensation for your injuries.

Compensation Payouts In Cycling Accident Claims

If you make a successful claim, your personal injury compensation could include general and special damages.

General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering your injuries have caused you. When valuing this head of claim in cycling accident claims, legal professionals may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document lists guideline compensation brackets for various types of injuries. We have included some of the amounts listed in the 16th edition of the JCG in the table below.

Please only use this table as a guide.

Injury Severity Amount
Multiple Serious Injuries And Special DamagesSeriousUp to £500,000+
Hand injury Total or Effective Loss of Both Hands£171,680 to £245,900
Hand InjurySerious Damage to Both Hands£68,070 to £103,200
Knee Injury Severe (i)£85,100 to £117,410
Knee Injury Severe (ii)£63,610 to £85,100
Knee Injury Moderate (i)£18,110 to £31,960
Ankle Injury Very Severe£61,090 to £85,070
Ankle injury Severe £38,210 to £61,090
Shoulder InjurySerious£15,580 to £23,430
Back InjuryMinor (i)£9,630 to £15,260

You may also be awarded special damages. This aims to compensate you for the financial losses you have suffered due to your injury. Some examples of the losses you could be compensated for include:

You will need to provide evidence of these losses in order to claim special damages. For example, bank statements, receipts and invoices could all be used as proof of these losses.

To learn more about how one of our cycling accident solicitors could help you with making a personal injury claim for compensation, you can contact our advisors.

What Is A No Win No Fee Agreement?

When we are injured, be it in a cycle accident or an accident at work, often, as well as our physical injuries, we suffer financial loss too. Whether you are off work for a long time, requiring you to take a drop in pay to SSP, or whatever your company’s sick policy requires them to pay you, more often than not this can be stressful. You might not think that this would be the time to take legal action, and might be mistaken in thinking you would have to pay a lot of money up front to launch a compensation case, but this is actually not the case. No Win No Fee Agreements can be drawn up between your cycle accident solicitor, which enable you to begin a claim with no money to pay out initially, or at all if your case does not result in a payout for compensation.

If you are not sure about how this works, and want to know how you can go about making a no win no fee cycle accident claim, then we will be able to advise you. We prefer you to be fully informed of all aspects of the policy in order that you go ahead with confidence.

One of the biggest advantages of choosing a specialist No Win No Fee bike accident solicitor is that you will know they are motivated to fight your corner in two ways. First of all, they will be dedicated to their role and experienced in fighting for compensation for people just like you, and secondly, they will want to maximise the amount of compensation you are awarded. For law firms that charge by the hour, they are likely to get paid whatever the result, but with No Win No Fee claims, you will not have to pay legal fees if your case is lost.

For details on why Legal Expert is your best choice concerning cycle accident solicitors, please read on.

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Make A Claim Today

We understand that you may have questions regarding cycle accident solicitors, and reservations about making a cycling accident compensation claim. This is why we are here to help answer any question you have about the process. Whether you are looking for a guide on how much compensation you could receive for your injuries, or want to know more about who you will be making your claim against, call 0800 073 8804 to be connected to a member of our team of experts who will be happy to take the time to listen to your queries, no matter how small or large, and answer them truthfully, ensuring you fully understand the answer. We know this may be the first time you have been involved in legal matters, and we will work to cut through the jargon to provide clear answers whatever it is you are looking to ask us.

If you are thinking of beginning a cycle accident claim, then we can help here too. Simply call to give us the details of your accident, and we will begin the process of helping you get the compensation for your injuries that you deserve.

Learn More About Cycling Accident Claims

Below, we’ve included some useful resources on cycling accident claims:

Think Cyclist – The UK government’s Think Cyclist toolkit is part of the campaign to keep cyclists safer on our roads. It aims to ensure drivers are taking the necessary precautions to look out for cyclists. Here you will find statistics on cycle accidents in the UK, as well as reading more about what the government are doing to reduce accidents.

Government road accident statistics – This link takes you to the government’s statistics surrounding road accidents in the UK. It lists the last few years statistics concerning casualties and accidents, as well as safety statistics.

How to claim compensation for a cycling accident – Our complete guide to cycling accident claims takes you through all you need to know about having an accident on the roads including a handy compensation calculator which gives you guidance on typical compensation payout amounts for some of the most common cycle accidents that occur.

Head Injury Guide – Take a look at our head injury guide to learn more about the claims process. More specifically, how our team could be of assistance.

Cycling Accident Advice – If you have been involved in a cycling accident why not take a look at our guide to learn whether you could make a claim.

If you need any more help from our cycling accident solicitors, please get in touch.

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      Patrick is a Grade A solicitor having qualified in 2005. He's an an expert in accident at work and public liability claims and is currently our head of the EL/PL department. Get in touch today for free to see how we can help you.

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