How To Make A Cyclist Claim Against A Motorist

Have you suffered injuries from a cycling accident due to another road users negligence? This may have had a significant impact on your physical and mental health, as well as your finances. To make a cyclist claim against a motorist you would need to be able to establish that the motorist was at fault.

Cyclist claim against motorist guide

Cyclist claim against motorist guide

Before reading this guide, you may have some questions such as:

  • How do I claim after a cycling accident?
  • Who is at fault if a car hits a bicycle?
  • What happens if you accidentally hit a cyclist?

We will answer these questions and more throughout this article to provide you with as much information as possible about making a cyclist accident claim against a motorist.

Our friendly team of advisers are on hand 24/7 to offer free legal advice and assess how much compensation you may be entitled to. If you have a valid claim, they can connect you to a personal injury lawyer to begin the claims process with you.

You can get in touch with our expert team of advisers by:

  • Ringing them on 0800 408 7825 to have a chat about your situation.
  • Filling out our claims form online to receive a response at your nearest availability.
  • Talking with an adviser via our live chat pop-up box for a reply instantly. 

Select A Section

  1. Can A Cyclist Claim Against A Motorist For Reckless Driving?
  2. How Do Collisions With Cyclists Happen?
  3. Can A Cyclist Claim Against An Unidentified Motorist?
  4. How Cyclists Can Make Claims Against Motorists
  5. What Is A Cyclist Claim Against Motorists Worth?
  6. Speak To Public Interest Lawyers Today
  7. Related Cyclist Injury Claims

Can A Cyclist Claim Against A Motorist For Reckless Driving? 

A road traffic accident, or motor vehicle collision, happens when a vehicle collides with another road user, debris, a pedestrian, an animal, or a road obstruction. The table below shows the number of fatalities by road user type in Great Britain in 2020.

These statistics are taken from the Department for Transport. As you can see, the road user type to suffer the most fatalities was cars, with 618. On the other hand, pedal cyclists had the least fatalities, with 141. However, this is only because there are fewer bike riders than those who ride in cars. Cyclists are considered vulnerable road users. Motorcycle injuries accounted for 285 fatalities compared to pedestrians with 346.

Cyclist claim against motorist

How Do Collisions With Cyclists Happen? 

Here are some examples of how a road traffic accident can occur:

  • Dooring accidents – This occurs when a vehicle door is opened and hits a cyclist who’s riding past. This often knocks the cyclist off their bike and can cause severe injuries.
  • Junction accidents – If a vehicle leaves a junction without seeing a cyclist approaching, they could knock into the cyclist and cause significant injuries. This can happen because cyclists aren’t often easy to spot, but it’s the driver’s responsibility to check if a cyclist is approaching.
  • Changing lanes – If a vehicle changes lanes without spotting a cyclist approaching, they could crash into the cyclist.
  • Reckless and dangerous driving – This is extremely dangerous and can cause preventable accidents with cyclists.

If you’ve been involved in a cycling accident, you can contact our team of advisers today to explore your options. If you have a legitimate cyclist claim against a motorist, an adviser can connect you to a personal injury lawyer to discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you. 

Can A Cyclist Claim Against An Unidentified Motorist? 

If you’re a cyclist who’s been involved in a hit-and-run accident, you may wonder how to make a claim if you were unable to request the motorist’s details. If this happens, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) may be able to help. 

The MIB work to help victims of road traffic accidents when the fault party is untraceable or uninsured. This means you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries, even if the motorist fled the scene. 

They aim to help people claim for vehicle damage as well as injuries sustained from the accident. If you’d like to learn more about the MIB, you can get in touch with our experienced team of advisers who can offer you more information.  

How Cyclists Can Make Claims Against Motorists

Before making a road traffic accident claim, there are some steps you can take to ensure you’re as prepared as possible. These steps include:

  • Gathering evidence – When it comes to making a cyclist claim against a motorist for a bicycle crash, it’s important to gather as much sufficient evidence as possible. This evidence can help prove how severe your injuries are and show that you weren’t at fault for the accident. Some examples of this evidence could be CCTV footage, photos of your injuries, and witness details.
  • Seeking medical attention – Even if you do not think you are hurt it is important to be checked out by a medical professional after an accident. Some injuries do not surface till later on and if not looked over can gradually get worse over time. This gives you the best chance at receiving the correct diagnosis and beginning treatment. Furthermore, you can use your medical records as evidence throughout your claim.

To discuss making a cyclist claim against a motorist further, you can contact our team of advisers. If your claim is valid, they can connect you to an experienced personal injury solicitor from our panel to begin working on your claim.

What Is A Cyclist Claim Against Motorists Worth?

You may see a personal injury claims calculator in some articles that show how much compensation you may be entitled to for your injury. Instead, we’ve included a compensation table in this guide to show the compensation that may be awarded for cycling accident injuries. 

The below table shows the Judicial College Guidelines’ latest figures. 

Injury:Severity:Notes:Compensation:
Neck InjuriesSevere (i)A neck injury that causes paraplegia that’s incomplete or spastic quadriparesis that’s permanent.In the region of £139,210
Neck InjuriesModerate (i)Dislocations or fractures where the symptoms are immediate and may need spinal fusion.£23,460 to £36,120
Leg Injuries Severe (i) The Most Serious Injuries Short of AmputationAmputation isn’t required but the injury is so severe that it leaves the leg useless. This is why the awarded bracket is similar to amputation.£90,320 to £127,530
Leg InjuriesModerateSevere crushing injuries and multiple or complicated fractures. £26,050 to £36,790
Back Injury Minor (i)Injuries to the soft tissues that recover within 5 years £7,410 to £11,730
Pelvis Injury Moderate (i)Permanent disability in not significant but initial injuries were severe. Up to to £7,410
Foot Injury ModestMetatarsal fractures that are not displaced and ruptured ligaments.Up to £12,900

The figures in the above table equate to general damages. The awarded bracket depends on how severe the injury is and the length of treatment. Compensation figures usually include special damages and general damages.

General damages compensate for the injury itself and how much it’s affected you mentally and physically. For example, you may suffer a long-term physical disability or depression due to the injury. 

Special damages compensate for how the injury has affected you financially. For example, you may have had to pay care costs if you needed to be cared for whilst recovering from your injuries. 

Speak To Public Interest Lawyers Today

Our panel of accident solicitors would be happy to discuss working on a No Win No Fee basis with you. A No Win No Fee agreement, or a Conditional Fee Agreement, is a contractual agreement between you and your solicitor stating the guidelines your lawyer has to meet before receiving payment. 

It states that if your case is unsuccessful, you don’t have to pay the fees to your lawyer. If your case is successful, your solicitor will deduct a small, legally capped percentage of your compensation. You will be aware of this beforehand.

To discuss No Win No Fee agreements in more depth, you can contact our team of advisers. 

If you have a legitimate claim, an adviser can connect you to an expert personal injury lawyer from our panel to talk about No Win No Fee agreements with you.

You can get in touch with our friendly team of advisers through:

  • A telephone call on 0800 408 7825 where an adviser will have a chat with you about your situation.
  • Our live chat pop-up box where you can talk with an adviser straight away.
  • Our online claims form where you will receive a reply at your earliest convenience.

Related Cyclist Injury Claims

Public Transport Accidents – Have you sustained an injury in a public transport accident? You may be able to claim compensation. 

Public Cycle Path Accident Claims Guide – If you suffer an injury due to someone else’s negligence on a public cycle path, our guide looks at how you may be able to make a claim.

Public Transport Train Accident Claims Guide – If you’ve sustained injuries in a public transport train accident, our article offers guidance about making a claim.

Road Traffic Act 1988 – This piece of legislation outlines the rules each road user must follow.

Broken Leg – Have you sustained a leg fracture in a cycling accident? This NHS guide includes important information. 

Motor Insurers Bureau – This page explains how you can make a cyclist claim against a motorist through the MIB. 

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Article by OA

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