Under The Highway Code, all road users should demonstrate standard care and skill on the roads, including cyclists. If you’ve been in a crash on the roads that you can prove wasn’t your fault, you could be able to make a bicycle crash claim.
This guide will explain how you could be able to make a bicycle crash claim if you’ve been in an accident that wasn’t your fault. Read on for our comprehensive calculator table on injury claim amounts, and see how much your injury could be worth.
If you would like to know more after reading this article, get in touch with our skilled team of advisors, who can offer you free legal advice. Alternatively, you can call us at 0800 408 7825. If you might have a solid chance of success, they could pass you on to someone from our panel of No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors who can help you make a bicycle crash claim.
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When making a claim, you could claim for up to two different types of compensation: general and special damages. General damages compensate you for any physical or mental damages that you may have incurred. Special damages cover financial costs, such as loss of income or medical expenses, caused by the injury.
In order to make a bicycle crash claim, it would be advisable to get as much evidence as possible. If possible, the best kinds of evidence to collate include; CCTV footage, witness accounts and medical reports. Having this before contacting a solicitor could make building your case much easier and potentially more likely to have a chance for success.
Bicycle crash claims can be made with the help of a personal injury solicitor, such as the ones on our specialist panel. It is always best to get legal advice as soon as possible after an accident, which can be done today by getting in touch with us.
You should know that your solicitor does not need to be situated near you but can be based anywhere in the country, as long as they have the requisite experience.
There are many different ways you could be injured in a bicycle crash accident. These include:
- Breaks and fractures
- Spinal injuries
- Neck injuries
- Head injuries and brain injuries
- Cuts, bruises and scrapes
However, this list is not exhaustive, and you could still have a valid claim if you have some other form of injury. It’s always advisable to get a professional diagnosis after an accident.
Different types of injuries will equate to different amounts of compensation in a valid claim. See our calculator compensation table further on in this guide to see how much you could be awarded.
Bicycle crashes can happen in a multitude of ways. It could be that another vehicle was speeding and knocked you off your bike. You could have been riding along a winding country road, with all the appropriate safety gear, but a car has driven recklessly round a corner and caused a collision. You may have been cycling appropriately and a driver crashed into you because they didn’t look when turning out of a junction.
These are just a few examples. Even if you don’t see your specific circumstances here, you could still be able to make a valid bicycle crash claim providing it wasn’t your fault. Each case is judged individually according to the specific circumstances. For more information or to make a claim, get in touch with us.
In a normal accident, the driver’s insurance company will be held liable to cover the costs. However, if the other party is untraceable or uninsured, there are still ways you can make a claim.
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) can help you with this. They are an independent body funded by insurers, and they can help you if the other party didn’t stop or wasn’t insured. To claim through the MIB, you must first make reasonable efforts to locate the driver yourself. To do this, you could:
- Report to the police (in order to claim through the MIB you’d always need to report the accident to the police)
- Note the make, model and registration plate on the car
- Ask witnesses
If you take these steps, but you still can’t identify the driver, you could still make a successful claim through the MIB. A solicitor could support you with this.
As aforementioned, it is always important to seek medical attention after being in a crash. Although you will be invited for a medical assessment as part of your claim, it is key to have records from as soon as possible after the accident in order to be able to show the extent of damage done at the time, not just at the time of making the claim.
It’s important to note that compensation amounts are often calculated according to the extent of the damage, so to get an accurate estimate on how much you could be owed, your solicitor needs all the information about your injury.
Other types of evidence could include (but are not limited to):
- Photographs of the scene and your injuries
- CCTV footage
- Accident report records
If you have a valid bicycle crash claim, why not get in touch?
In this section, you will be able to calculate how much you could be owed for your bicycle crash injuries. The figures in the compensation table below are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, which legal professionals use to help them value injuries.
Injury Severity Amount Notes
Brain Moderate (ii) £85,150 to £140,870 This covers cases in which there is some form of intellectual damage, the ability to work is reduced, and there is a small risk of epilepsy.
Brain Minor £2,070 to £11,980 This covers cases where the brain damage will have been minimal. This may be judged upon the severity of the initial injury, any continuing symptoms and the presence of headaches.
Neck Moderate (i) £23,460 to £36,120 This covers cases where severe symptoms that mean spinal fusion is necessary. It could also include chronic conditions or a soft tissue injury. Functioning will be reasonably worse, and general activities could be limited.
Neck Minor (iii) Up to £2,300 This covers cases in which a full recovery is made within three months.
Back Moderate (ii) £11,730 to £26,050 This covers cases in which a disturbance of ligaments or muscles causes backache or exacerbation of a pre-existing condition. This may be judged further on severity of original injury, degree of pain and any treatment required in the past or future.
Back Minor (i) £7,410 to £11,730 This covers cases in which a full recovery is made without surgery within around two to five years.
This table is not extensive, so don’t worry if your injury isn’t listed here. Get in touch with us for further estimates and free legal advice.
You may also be compensated for special damages. This covers any losses already accumulated or any that may arise in the future because of your injuries. It can cover:
- Loss of past and future wages
- Medical expenses
- Travel expenses
- Adjustments to the home if you suffered a disability
To claim special damages, you’ll first need to provide evidence of the costs you have incurred due to your injuries. This could include receipts for prescriptions or invoices.
If your case is passed along to a No Win No Fee solicitor, they can represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if your case is not successful, there will be no solicitor fees to pay. If your claim is successful, the solicitor will take a percentage from your compensation payment. However, this fee is capped by law and only taken after the compensation comes through.
What’s more, under a No Win No Fee agreement, you don’t have to pay any solicitor fees upfront or while the claim is ongoing. Our panel of lawyers offers their services on this basis.
If you’ve judged by our bicycle crash injuries calculator table that you could make a personal injury claim, get in touch today.
- Call us on 0800 408 7825.
- Alternatively, you can get in touch via our website.
- Use our live chat to speak to an advisor online
Car Accident Compensation Claims Guide – A comprehensive guide to claiming after crashing on a public road.
Cycling Accidents Personal Injury Guide – A comprehensive guide to cycling accidents personal injury guide.
Public Road Accident Claims Guide – A comprehensive guide to claiming after an accident on a public road.
The Highway Code – Guidelines on appropriate behaviour for road users.
Physiotherapy Services – Find physiotherapy in your area on the NHS website.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – A charity that aims to reduce the rate of accidental injury through advice and guidance.
We also have some other guides you may find useful:
- Public accident claims hot spots
- Council slip and trip accidents
- Public transport accidents
- How to make a public liability claim
- Making a claim against the council
- Claiming for a pothole injury
- Making a claim against a shop
- Accidents in a public park
- Cycling accident claims
- Claiming for injuries suffered while shopping
- How Much Compensation Could I Get For Being Knocked Off My Bicycle?
- How To Find Specialist Cycle Accident Solicitors
- The Evidence Needed To Prove Cycling Injury Claims
- A Guide To Bike Accident Claims
- Claims For Accidents On Public Roads And Pavements
Thank you for reading our guide to making a bicycle crash claim.
Article by AO