Cycle Accident Solicitors – Find out if you have a No Win No Fee Claim
By Martin James. Last Updated 9th April 2021. Welcome to our guide on cycle accident solicitors. Whether you ride your bike for fun, for the commute or as part of your job, you expect to get from one place to another without incident. However, that is not always the case, and sometimes drivers do not take enough care with cyclists who share the road with them. If you have sustained injuries whilst cycling, and the accident is due to the fault of someone else, it may be possible for you to make a claim for compensation. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to help you to lodge this claim.
Read on to find out more about making a claim following a cycling accident, or call 0800 073 8804 to start your claim today.
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- A guide to using a cycle accident solicitor
- What is a cycle accident solicitor?
- Can a cycle accident solicitor file my compensation claim on my behalf?
- I was hit by an uninsured driver – can I still claim?
- The other vehicle did not stop – can I still claim?
- After I start my claim with my cycle accident solicitor what would I then need to do?
- How long do you have to claim for a cycle accident?
- Can I get free advice from a cycle accident solicitor?
- What are the benefits from using a specialist cycle solicitor compared to a non-specialist solicitor? (Updated April 2021)
- The most common types of claims that our cycle solicitors regularly work on
- No Win No Fee cycle accident solicitors
- Why choose us as your claims service for a cycle accident claim?
- Call for free advice from cycle accident experts and to start a claim
- Cycle accident solicitors FAQ
When we go out cycling, it is supposed to be a healthy way to get from A to B, or even an enjoyable and relaxing cycle ride. Many of us are choosing to travel by bicycle and there are various initiatives in the UK to use this ‘greener’ mode of transport on the commute. Whether you commute regularly by bike, or cycle as part of your job, or even as a hobby, it is essential to keep yourself safe, and regularly review the rules of the roads you ride on.
No matter how safely you conduct yourself, however, you cannot guarantee that other road users will do the same, and if the negligent or dangerous behaviour of another road user has caused you injuries in a cycle accident, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries, as well as any financial losses you have suffered as a result of the cycling accident injuries you have sustained. To get the best results, you will likely want to get in touch with experienced cycle accident solicitors, who know all about how to present the strongest case possible for your compensation claim.
A cycle accident solicitor is a fully trained injury lawyer that is well-versed in lodging bicycle accident claims. They will have gained experience in pursuing this type of claim and will have won settlements for clients with injuries ranging from fairly minor to catastrophic. There are a range of different types of accident that can happen on the roads, whether a cyclist is knocked off their bicycle or whether they are caused to swerve because of another vehicle, resulting in them being run off the road, causing injury. Cycle injury claims can be slightly complex due to the fact that it can sometimes be difficult to determine who is at fault. However, cycle accident solicitorC will be experienced in getting the facts of the case and advising whether or not you are likely to have a successful claim for your injuries.
Road Traffic Accident Statistics
Throughout this section of this guide, we are going to take a look at the most up to date statistics provided by the Department For Transport (DFT). As outlined with the “Reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2019 annual report“, these are the latest figures:
- There were 1,752 reported road deaths in 2019.
- There were 25,945 serious injuries in road trafc accidents reported to the police in 2019.
- There was a total of 153,158 casualties of all severities in reported road traffic accidents in 2019.
The report also goes to provide a more in-depth analysis of road traffic statistics which states that car occupants accounted for 42% of road deaths, pedestrians 27%, motorcyclists 19% and pedal cyclists 6%.
As we can see from the graph above included in the same report, since 2018 there’s been an increase in 3% in cycle traffic but a decrease in the total number of casualties. However, the number of fatalities has seen a 1% increase in the same timeframe.
Depending on who is at fault for your accident, your cycle accident solicitor will be able to file your compensation claim. They will first need to know all about the circumstances surrounding your accident, and may ask a lot of questions. This is nothing to be nervous about, your cycle accident solicitor is simply trying to ascertain all the facts, building a bigger picture so they can clearly see if you are likely to have a valid claim.
Cycle accident claims can be filed against a number of losses you have experienced as a result of your accident, including loss of earnings, general damages and medical and travel costs, as well as the suffering and pain you have experienced from your injuries. Your cycle accident solicitor will be able to tell you what you are likely to be able to claim for once they have assessed your case and received any medical evidence pertaining to it.
To find out more about how cycle accident solicitors can help with different kinds of claim, please read on.
Sadly, not every road user is a responsible one, and whilst the law requires a driver to take their vehicle on the road only if it is duly insured, despite hard penalties for those that do not insure their vehicle, some people seem determined to flout the law and do drive without insurance. If you are unfortunate enough to be in a cycle accident with an uninsured driver, if it is not your fault, you may still be able to claim for compensation. The way in which you do so will most likely be through the MIB (Motor Insurance Bureau).
This organisation was set up as part of the government’s agreement with motor insurance companies. Every underwriting company for motor insurance is required to be a member and to pay into the organisation in order that uninsured driver accident victims be compensated for their injuries if it is deemed right to do so. Any of the UK’s cycle accident solicitors would be able to file this claim for you, if they deem you to have a valid claim.
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.
When you decide to pursue a claim for cycle injuries compensation, leisure cycle accident solicitors or cycle accident at work lawyers will ask you for all the details pertaining to your case, including any evidence you might have, such as photographs of the scene or your injures, any witness details, and any proof of costs that you have incurred as a result of the accident. At this point, they will normally take you through a No Win No Fee agreement, which details the agreement that they will not ask for any legal fees upfront, or at all should your case not be successful. You will therefore not be left out of pocket, as any legal bills will be taken from the successful compensation payout. Once you have put pen to paper on this agreement, then the solicitor in most cases will arrange for you to see a medical expert, who will assess your injuries and write a detailed report which can be submitted as part of your claim, along with any other evidence that is required. Once all this is done, your cycle accident solicitor will be able to begin putting together all the parts of your claim, and pull together a strong argument for you to receive compensation,
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.
The words ‘solicitor’ and ‘free’ do not always go together, but in this case, you might be surprised to hear that they do. It is possible for you to get free expert advice on any aspect of a cycle accident claim. Whether you want to ask about a specific type of cycle accident and want to know whether the other road user was at fault, or you want to know if you can claim against your employer if they did not offer your protective equipment to do your job as you want to use cycle accident at work personal injury solicitors to pursue a claim, then simply call our helpline and our experts will be happy to clear matters up for you. You will not be obligated to use the advice you have given, and you will never be put under any pressure to lodge a claim with a cycle workplace injury solicitor. Whatever you decide, we will offer you advice you can count on.
Read on for information on how much cycle accident solicitors may be able to get you in a claim, or call us today for free legal advice on your own compensation claim.
What are the benefits from using a specialist cycle solicitor compared to a non-specialist solicitor? (Updated April 2021)
Due to the complexities of vehicle vs bike claims that have occurred in the past, it really is in your best interests to hire a cycle work injury solicitor or cycle leisure injury solicitor that has years of experience in pursuing similar claims. While no two claims are exactly the same, some details of cycle accidents can be very similar, and experienced cycle injury at work solicitors will know if an argument worked in one case, it will likely work in another, similar situation. This sort of experience cannot be taught, and comes from years of practicing this type of law. Sadly, while many general personal injury solicitors are very dedicated to their work, if they lack experience in this specific field, it could lead to mistakes and you may not receive as much compensation as you would with an expert by your side, such as cycle injury at work claim solicitors or leisure cycle injury solicitors .
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Severe||£56,180 to £94,470||These cases will involve permanent effects which prevent the injured person from working at all or at least from functioning at anything approaching the pre-trauma level.|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Moderatley Severe||£21,730 to £56,180||In these cases, the prognosis for recovery with professional help will be better, but the effects will still be disabling for the foreseeable future.|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Moderate||£7,680 to £21,730||In cases such as these, a near complete recovery will have taken place and any continuing effects will not be grossly disabling|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Less Severe||£3,710 to £7,680||A virtually full recovery will have been made within 1-2 years, with only minor symptoms remaining.|
|Hand Injury||Serious Damage to Both Hands||£52,310 to £79,360||Such injuries will have given rise to permanent cosmetic disability and significant loss of function.|
|Hand injury||Total or Effective Loss of Both Hands||£132,040 to £189,110||Injuries in this bracket will render the hands little more than useless|
|Knee Injury||Severe||£65,440 to £90,290||This bracket will include cases where disruption of the joint, the development of osteoarthritis, gross ligamentous damage, lengthy treatment, considerable pain and loss of function, and an arthroplasty or arthrodesis has taken place or is inevitable.|
|Knee Injury||Severe||£48,920 to £65,440||This bracket covers instances such as a leg fracture extending into the knee joint causing pain which is constant, permanent, limiting movement or impairing agility, and rendering the injured person prone to osteoarthritis and at the risk of arthroplasty.|
|Knee Injury||Moderate||£13,920 to £24,580||Injuries involving dislocation, torn cartilage or meniscus which results in minor instability, wasting, weakness, or other mild future disability. This bracket will also cover exacerbation or acceleration over a period of years of symptoms of a pre-existing condition.|
|Ankle Injury||Very Severe||£46,980 to £65,420||This bracket can include include cases of a transmalleolar fracture of the ankle with extensive soft-tissue damage resulting in deformity and the risk that any future injury to the leg might necessitate a below-knee amputation.|
|Ankle injury||Severe||£29,380 to £46,980||In this bracket, injuries will need an extensive period of treatment or a lengthy period in plaster, where there is significant residual disability in the form of ankle instability and severely limited ability to walk.|
|Ankle Injury||Moderate||£12,900 to £24,950||Includes fractures, ligamentous tears and the like which give rise to less serious disabilities such as difficulty in walking on uneven ground and difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time.|
The most common cycle accidents to happen on British roads happen at road junctions. According to ROSPA, nearly two thirds of those that are seriously injured or killed on the road, have accidents near to or at a junction. T junctions are the most common types of junction, but roundabouts are also common.
When it comes to the most common type of injuries sustained, these can range from bruising and soft tissue injuries to broken bones, concussion, head and neck injuries or worse. No two accidents are the same, and injuries can vary from case to case. Whilst most cyclists wear protective headgear and clothing to ride their bicycle, this does not always protect them from damage, particularly if they are hit by a car at speed.
The most common claims that cycle injury solicitors work on mean claiming not only for injuries, but also for other costs associated with them. General damages cover the suffering as well as the pain of the injuries, and are assessed based on medical evidence. Other than that, cycle accident solicitors can also help claim for loss of earnings, loss of future earnings, medical expenses, travel expenses arising specifically because of the injuries sustained, and even home care costs for those that have to help care for the claimant after their accident.
If you are not sure whether your accident warrants further investigation, to see if you may have a claim for compensation, then our experts should be able to help. Please do not hesitate to call us – all advice is free and without obligation.
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.
One of the biggest compliments that our clients give us is their recommendation to people they know. We pride ourselves on offering a service that really gets to grips with what our clients want, and we do so with the utmost respect for what our clients have gone through prior to making their claim. We’re authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, so you will find our team of experts knowledgeable, supporting and sympathetic, with a dedication to offering you all the support you need as you go through the claims process.
We aim to take as much of the burden off your shoulders as we can so that you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries while we work hard in the background to get your claim processed as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
We will keep you updated throughout the process of making a claim, as you are, and will remain our number one priority. It is this dedication to putting you first that has helped thousands of previous clients secure as much compensation as possible for their personal injury claims. We would like nothing better than to help you too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a look at our head injury guide to learn more about the claims process. More specifically, how our team could be of assistance.
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.
What injuries can you get from cycling?
Cycling accidents can cause a plethora of injuries, such as:
- Knee injury.
- Head trauma
- Brain damage
- Hip injury
What happens when a cyclist causes an accident?
In the event of an accident involving a cyclist, even if the cyclist is at fault, it can have a detrimental impact on the cyclist’s health. Car occupants involved in an accident are often protected by their vehicle when it comes to minor impacts, but the same cannot be said about cyclists.
When a cyclist is involved in an accident, it is best to collect as much evidence as possible. In addition to collecting evidence seeking medical evidence is critical.
Can cyclists claim compensation for an accident on the road?
Yes. If you weren’t at fault for the accident, and your injuries were caused by the negligence of a third party, then you may be able to make a claim.
How much compensation can I claim for a cycling accident?
This varies, both on the injuries you’ve sustained and how severe they are and the value of the special damages head of your claim. Special damages cover things like loss of earnings or transport you’ve had to pay for as a result of the accident.
How long does a cycling accident compensation claim take?
This can vary greatly. If your claim is simple and straightforward, with no question on liability, then it could be settled in a matter of a few months. More complex cases will take longer.
How long do I have to claim for a cycling accident injury?
The personal injury claims time limit is three years from the date that the accident occured.
Does it cost to claim for a cycling accident?
If you choose to have a solicitor represent you in your claim, their hourly fees can quickly add up. However, if you choose representation on a No Win No Fee basis through us, then you won’t pay a penny unless your claim is successful. Call us today for free legal advice regarding this kind of claim.
When I make a cycling accident claim, who am I claiming against?
In many cases, cycling claims will be made against the driver who caused the accident. But in some cases, you may make your claim against the local authority or council, for instance, if you were injured due to poor road surface.
Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on cycle accident solicitors.