You may be looking into cycle accident solicitors because you suffered an injury from a bicycle accident. This guide will explain under what instances you can claim compensation and illustrate the benefits of using a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor.
Furthermore, the guide will also answer questions, such as, “how can a cyclist claim against a car?” and “can you claim for a bike accident?”
If you have any questions or queries about making a personal injury claim, our advisors will be more than happy to help. Our advisors are available 24/7, offer free legal advice and can tell you in one simple phone call if you’re able to claim. They can also connect you to an expert solicitor from our panel to help you start your claim.
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Read on to learn more about bicycle accident claims.
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If you’ve suffered an injury due to a road traffic accident, there are certain criteria you need to fulfil before you could potentially make a personal injury claim.
Making a personal injury compensation claim for any incident, such as a cycling accident involves proving third-party negligence. Certain third parties, such as road users, have a duty of care to one another applied by the Highway Code. This code states how road users need to conduct themselves. If your injury was caused by another road user breaching this duty of care, you might be able to claim compensation.
How much compensation you could be awarded for a bike accident injury depends on many factors. However, receiving compensation depends on proving that another road user’s negligence at least partially caused the accident. If your claim is successful, but you’re deemed partially at fault for your injury, your compensation will be adjusted accordingly.
To learn more about this, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of advisors. They’re available 24/7, provide legal advice completely free of charge and can answer any questions about your possibilities of claiming. Contact them using the details above.
Rates Of Reported Cycling Accidents
The Department for Transport provides statistics for road traffic accident casualties in Great Britain. Above is the number of reported pedal cycle casualties from 2016 to 2020. While the number of casualties has decreased every year, there were still 87,526 pedal cycle casualties reported across the five years.
These casualties can range from small injuries, such as cuts, bruises and lacerations, to more serious injuries, such as fractures and dislocations to fatal injuries. While this data doesn’t show the number of successful bicycle accident claims resulting from these casualties, it still reflects how frequently these kinds of injuries can happen on the road.
Therefore, you may be able to make a successful personal injury claim either directly or by using cycle accident solicitors. To see if you can, please get in touch with our team. They can connect you to solicitors who specialise in cycling accident claims who may be able to help you receive compensation.
There are many reasons you may want to use cycle accident solicitors. Incidents that could lead to a bicycle accident include:
- Vehicles moving into different lanes without looking
- Cars pulling out of junctions without looking
- Diesel and oil spills
- Hit and Run incidents
- Road defects
- Hazardous weather
- Head-on collisions
Some of the examples mentioned above are unavoidable hazards, that no one is liable for, while others could be the basis of a personal injury claim when a person is injured as a consequence. You need to prove that the incident was caused by negligence to potentially receive compensation. Evidence is crucial in this process. This can include providing photographs of your injury, the scene, medical notes and witness contact details in case they are needed for a statement later on.
You can also claim if an uninsured or untraceable driver has injured you. This could be the case, for instance, if you’re the victim of a hit and run, meaning that the car drives off before you can take the driver’s insurance details. When this is the case, you can claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).
When you are involved in an accident that has injured you through the negligent actions of others you may be considering pursuing a personal injury claim. Although a solicitor is not legally required they could massively improve your chances of the claim having a successful result.
You may want to know more about how cycle accident solicitors could help you. This section will clarify how they could help you receive compensation.
Pre-action protocols are the procedures that take place during the claims process. These protocols involve you and the defendant:
- Understanding each other’s positions
- Making decisions of how to proceed
- Trying to settle issues without proceedings progressing to court
- Considering some form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
- Reducing the potential costs of resolving these disputes.
This process involves proceedings that can be complicated to negotiate without legal counsel. While you can claim directly, cycle accident solicitors have years of experience dealing with these types of claims.
Therefore, they will help you with aspects such as building your case, sending correspondence outlining the reasons for your claim and compiling and presenting evidence.
Negotiating A Settlement Out Of Court
Negotiating a settlement during a personal injury claim can be a complex procedure, as it involves both sides assessing the evidence and understanding each other’s perspectives. The injuries you’ve suffered are crucial to this, which is why you go through an independent medical assessment evaluating any physical and psychological injuries caused by the accident.
Given the amount of evidence, the extent of your injuries, and the defendant’s position, it can sometimes be difficult to know how to negotiate a settlement. Again, here the experience of cycle accident solicitors could be vital. Due to their knowledge of personal injury law and their experience, they can negotiate on your behalf by illustrating how much your pain and suffering is worth.
Knowing When To Settle
Another important aspect is knowing the right time to settle your claim. If your claim is successful, the compensation you receive is based on your injuries and financial losses and the evidence you can provide to prove that they were caused by third-party negligence.
Given your solicitor’s experience, they will be able to assess how much compensation you’ll most likely receive based on the evidence you have. The claims process isn’t just about your injuries; it’s about what you’re able to prove. As such, they will know the appropriate time to accept the settlement offer.
To learn more about this, please contact our advisors for legal advice. It’s completely free to contact us if you have any questions or queries about the claims process. Please do so using the details above.
You may be wondering, “what amount of compensation could I receive after a cycling accident?” There are potentially two types of compensation you could receive from a personal injury claim. General damages are for the pain and suffering caused by the injury. Therefore, it would take into account the physical and psychological damage caused by the accident.
The Judicial College can provide you with a better idea of what you could receive for this. They analyse previous payouts, comparing them to the extent of the injuries caused. From doing this, they’ve created compensation brackets for specific injuries, which you can see below.
|Injury Type||Severity||Compensation Amount||Description|
|Leg||Severe (iii)||£36,790 to £51,460||This bracket includes injuries like serious compound fractures or joint or ligament injuries that cause prolonged treatment, instability and the near certainty of arthritis.|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Moderately Severe||£21,730 to £56,180||Injuries in this bracket lead to a better prognosis than more severe PTSD injuries due to some recovery as a result of professional help.|
|Knee||Moderate (ii)||Up to £12,900||This bracket includes lacerations, bruising or twisting injuries that could result in continuous aching or discomfort.|
|Ankle||Moderate||£12,900 to £24,950||Injuries in this bracket include ligamentous tears or fractures which cause less serious disabilities such as difficulty walking for long periods of time.|
|Foot||Severe||£39,390 to £65,710||This bracket is for injuries such as both heels or feet being fractured leading to considerable and permanent pain.|
|Shoulder||Minor||£2,300 to £4,080||This bracket is for a soft tissue shoulder injury that has almost completely recovered within a year.|
|Back||Severe (i)||£85,470 to £151,070||Cases in this bracket are for the most severe back injuries that can involve damage to the nerve roots and spinal cord leading to a combination of serious ailments including impaired sexual function and incomplete paralysis.|
|Injuries to the Pelvis and Hip||Moderate (i)||£24,950 to £36,770||This bracket is for a significant injury to the hip or pelvis where any permanent damage is not major.|
|Elbow||Severely Disabling||£36,770 to £51,460||This bracket is for if you've suffered a severely disabling elbow injury.|
|Arm||Less Severe||£18,020 to £36,770||Injuries in this bracket are for significant disabilities. However, a substantial amount of recovery will either have already occurred or be expected.|
However, please remember that these brackets will only indicate what you could receive. Due to the complexities of personal injury claims, every case is assessed independently, meaning that the amount you could receive for these injuries could differ from the above figures.
Additionally, you could also claim for special damages. These relate to the financial losses caused by the injury. As such, you could claim for:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Travel costs
- Private healthcare fees
- Adjustments to your home
Evidence you would need to establish the value of these losses includes receipts, bank statements and invoices. You would only potentially receive special damages compensation if you receive some form of general damages compensation for the same accident. This is because if you don’t receive general damages, it means that the defendant has been deemed not liable for your injuries.
You may be wondering about the advantages of using No Win No Fee cycle accident solicitors. Below we have included the benefits of No Win No Fee Solicitors:
- No upfront fees.
- Not paying the legal fees during the claims process.
- Only paying their legal fees once a settlement has been agreed upon. They will take a small amount of compensation to cover their fees. This is legally capped.
Due to them only getting paid for their services once a settlement has been agreed upon, the solicitor will only take your case if they feel you have a reasonably good chance of success.
Can I Talk To A Solicitor About My Case?
Our advisors are available 24/7, offer free legal advice and can tell you if you’re eligible to claim in one call. Additionally, they can also put you through to cycle accident solicitors from our panel who could help you start your claim. They have years of experience, specialise in cycling accident claims and can work your case on a No Win No Fee basis.
However, please remember that you’re under no obligation to use our services should you contact us. You can do so using the below details.
To know more, please use the below links.
Would you like medical guidance after suffering sprains and strains? If so, please refer to the NHS website.
After an accident, you could be suffering from psychological issues, such as depression. Support groups could help. Find out more about this on the NHS website.
You can learn more about cycling by visiting Cycling UK.
Do you want more information about what to do if you’ve been in a cycling crash? If so, please read this article on our website.
Read this to learn more about claiming for accidents in a public park.
If you’re wondering, “what are the steps in a personal injury case?” please read this article.
Please contact us today to learn more about the benefits of using cycle accident solicitors. Our advisors are available 24/7, offer free legal advice and can tell you quickly and simply if you’re eligible to claim.