Have you sustained injuries in a cycling crash due to someone else’s negligence? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. The Road Traffic Act 1988 states that all road users have a duty to follow the rules of the road. If someone breaks these rules and causes an accident and injuries, this is known as negligence.
In this guide, we will look at what to do if you have a bicycle crash and how you may be able to make a road traffic accident claim. You shouldn’t have to suffer because of another road user’s negligence, so our team of advisers are here to help.
Before reading this article, you may have questions such as:
- How can I claim against an uninsured or untraceable driver?
- How do I make a personal injury claim?
We will answer these questions and more throughout this article to ensure you’re as informed as possible. Our team of advisers would be happy to have a chat with you about your cycling crash and assess how much compensation you may be owed.
If you have a valid claim, an adviser can connect you with an expert personal injury solicitor from our panel. They can then discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you and begin working on your cycling accident claim.
To speak with an adviser, you can:
- Call us on 0800 408 7825 to discuss your case.
- Fill out our contact form to receive a reply whenever suits you best.
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A cycling crash can be extremely dangerous and often inflicts significant injuries. The below chart includes statistics taken from the Department for Transport. It shows the number of reported road casualties by road user type in Great Britain in 2020. However, we’ve only included figures for car occupants, motorcyclists, pedal cyclists and pedestrians.
As you can see, car occupants suffered the most casualties, with 64,255. On the other hand, motorcyclists accounted for 13,604. The second-highest number of road casualties was pedal cyclists, with 16,294.
If you’re in a cycle accident, the first thing it’s recommended you do is check if you’ve sustained any injuries. Examples of this could be cuts and lacerations or fractured bones. If you’re injured, it’s important to seek medical advice as soon as possible.
The next thing it’s recommended you do is check your bike for any damage that’s been caused by the accident. In terms of your damaged bike, you can take photos of it to use as evidence later on if you make a claim.
It’s important to gather as much sufficient evidence as possible to help support your claim. A personal injury lawyer can help you gather the correct evidence. If you’d like to discuss making a claim, you can contact our team of advisers who’d be happy to help.
It’s important to identify who caused the cycling crash and why they’re at fault; for example, a car may have been speeding, therefore breaking the law, when they crashed and injured you.
In order to assess liability, you can view CCTV footage to see exactly what caused the crash. Furthermore, you can collect witness contact details for statements to hear other people’s views on what caused the crash.
Once you’ve gathered evidence, your personal injury lawyer will present it to the defendant to show that they were at fault.
If you’d like to discuss making a claim, you can get in touch with our team of advisers (available 24/7) to receive free legal advice. If you have a legitimate claim, they could connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel.
You should report the crash to the police within 24 hours unless no other road user was involved. You should also tell them if reckless or dangerous driving is involved; for example, if another vehicle was speeding or driving on the wrong side of the road.
Additionally, you should report the cycling crash to the police if another vehicle drove off without exchanging details or if they’re uninsured.
However, if the crash was caused by defects in the road, nobody else was involved and the road wasn’t blocked, you should report it to the local council. Examples of defects in the road are debris, potholes and anything else that acts as a hazard in the road.
You should visit your local A&E department straight away if you have severe injuries. This will ensure you receive a diagnosis and begin treatment as soon as possible, which could give you a better chance of a smooth recovery. Moreover, you can use your medical records as evidence for your claim.
If you wish to make a personal injury claim, you could gather as much evidence as possible. Examples of this evidence include:
- CCTV or dashcam footage of the incident
- Medical records
- Photos of your injuries
- Photos of the damage to your bike
- Witness contact details for statements later
This could help you prove that the accident was due to someone else’s negligence. Additionally, the photos of your injuries could help prove how severe they were.
Furthermore, you should gather evidence to prove you suffered financial loss due to your injuries. Examples of this evidence include:
- Payslips to prove you suffered a loss of earnings while you recovered away from work
- Prescriptions to prove that you spent money on medication
- Bank statements to show the cost of professional care to aid your recovery
Our team of advisers can advise you on what other evidence may be helpful for you to gather.
If you’d like to make a personal injury claim, our team of advisers are on hand 24 hours a day to offer legal advice for free and have a chat about your situation. If your claim is valid, you could be connected to a car accident lawyer from our panel who can discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you and help begin your claim.
Some articles may have a personal injury claims calculator that shows how much compensation could be awarded for an injury. However, we’ve instead compiled different injuries into this compensation table to see how they may be valued
The below table includes Judicial College Guidelines figures. These guidelines are used by solicitors to help value injuries. They contain a list of injuries, their severities and corresponding potential compensation.
|Ankle Injuries||Very Severe||Soft-tissue damage that’s extensive and can cause further harm if the ankle or leg is damaged again in the future. Includes a transdmalleolar fracture.||£46,980 to £65,420|
|Ankle Injuries||Moderate||A ligamentous tear or ankle fracture that gives rise to serious disabilities and makes it hard to walk on uneven ground.||£12,900 to £24,950|
|Arm Injuries||Severe||The arm isn’t amputated but is seriously injured and is of little use.||£90,250 to £122,860|
|Arm Injuries||Injuries Resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement||Serious forearm fractures that result in permanent significant disability.||£36,770 to £56,180|
General damages and special damages are often included in compensation amounts.
The above figures are examples of general damages compensation amounts. The bracket potentially awarded is dependent on the severity of the injury and how long treatment takes.
General damages award compensation for the injury and the physical and mental effect it’s had on you. For example, you may be left with long-term health problems due to the injury, or you may have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD).
Special damages offer compensation for how the cycling crash injury has affected you financially. For example, you may have suffered a loss of earnings due to taking time off work whilst healing from your injuries. Alternatively, you may have had to pay care costs if you needed full-time care.
Our panel of personal injury lawyers are happy to discuss working with you on a No Win No Fee basis. A No Win No Fee agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, is an agreement between you and your solicitor. You and they sign a document stating the condition your solicitor has to meet in order to receive payment.
If your claim loses, you won’t be obligated to pay your solicitors fees. If your claim wins, a small, legally-capped percentage of your compensation will be deducted by your lawyer. However, you will still receive most of the compensation.
To discuss No Win No Fee agreements further, you can contact our team of advisers. If your claim is valid, an adviser can connect you with a personal injury solicitor from our panel to begin working on your claim.
You can get in touch with our experienced team of advisers by:
- Calling them on 0800 408 7825 to chat about your claim.
- Filling out our online claims form to receive a response at your nearest available time.
- Chatting with them through our live chat pop-up box to receive a response immediately.
In this section, we look at other sources that could be of use to you.
Public Transport Accidents – Have you sustained an injury in a public place accident due to someone else’s negligence? You may be able to make a claim.
Public Bus Accident Claims Guide – If you’ve suffered an injury in a bus accident that wasn’t your fault, our guide explores how you could make a personal injury claim.
Public Road Accident Claims Guide – If you’ve suffered injuries due to an accident on a public road, this guide holds important information.
Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) – The MIB helps claimants receive compensation for injuries caused by an untraceable or uninsured driver.
Making A Claim – This page explains how the MIB claims process works.
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
Thank you for reading our guide about suffering an injury from a cycling crash.
Article by OA