Cycling Accident and Injury Compensation Claims
Serious cycling injuries can have a significant financial impact, not to mention the impact on your ability to carry out normal daily tasks and enjoy a standard quality of life. Claiming compensation for a cycling accident is often the only way to deal with the negative effects of your injuries on your life.
Cycling accident claims can be complex, however, and are often hotly contested by the other side, known as the Defendant. Therefore, having specialist legal advice is critical to ensure the right information is brought to light and supported with robust evidence. Legal representation ensures effective presentation of your case, giving you the best chance of a fair outcome.
We offer a no win, no fee consultation with a member of our personal injury team to talk about your options and how best to fund your claim. No win, no fee cycling accident claims means it will often cost you nothing to start a compensation claim.
Our accident solicitors work with clients all over the UK from our six offices spread across Bristol and the surrounding area in Bedminster, Bishopston, Clifton, Kingswood, Queen Square and Thornbury.
Contact our personal injury solicitors in Bristol and South Gloucestershire
If you’ve suffered an injury in a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault, our specialist cycling accident compensation solicitors can advise you. To discuss a potential cycling accident claim, call 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.
Our cycling accident claims expertise
We have decades of experience in claiming compensation and have acted on a wide range of claims for injured cyclists. Our solicitors understand that cycling can be a very expensive hobby, with bikes costing from a few hundred pounds up to tens of thousands of pounds.
We feel strongly about representing cyclists’ rights, and understand the safety issues likely to affect you. Whether that’s negligent drivers, bike and helmet defects or poorly maintained roads.
Our cycling accident claims solicitors can assist with all types of claims, including:
- Collisions between cyclists and cars, vans or other motor vehicles
- ‘Dooring‘, where a cyclist has collided with a car door
- Collisions between cyclists
- Collisions between cyclists and pedestrians
It’s also important to us that your recovery and future quality of life are assured. Therefore, regardless of the seriousness of your accident, we’ll help you access specialist treatment and rehabilitation if you need it, so that you can make the fullest possible recovery from your injuries.
Our specialist solicitors are Business Members of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and are listed in their guide to choosing a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor. Our personal injury team is also included in the Headway Head Injury Solicitors Directory.
Our bicycle accident claims service
No win, no fee bicycle accident claims
We represent most of our cycling compensation claim clients on a no win, no fee basis, also known as a ‘conditional fee agreement’ (CFA). It means we represent you at no upfront cost to you, with our legal fees only payable if we secure compensation for you. There is therefore no financial risk to you in starting a claim.
Other options for covering the cost of a bicycle accident claim include legal expenses insurance. This is sometimes an optional extra alongside home insurance and other types of insurance policies.
Read more about ways to fund a personal injury claim.
Time limits for bike accident claims
You will typically have three years from the date of the accident to make a compensation claim. However, there are circumstances where the standard time limit will be extended, giving you longer to start your cycling accident claim.
If the injured party is under 18, the final deadline to make a claim is usually their 21st birthday.
Where the injured party is left without the mental capacity to make a claim (e.g. due to a serious brain injury), special consideration is given to the three-year time limit and different rules apply.
Hit and run bicycle accident claims
If you were injured by a motor vehicle while cycling, you may be able to claim compensation. Even if the driver of the vehicle involved fled the scene or left insufficient details to trace their identity.
We can assist you in making a claim to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) who can pay compensation for accidents involving unidentified or uninsured drivers. We can advise you on whether you’re likely to be eligible and guide you through the MIB claims process.
Out of court settlements for cycling injury claims
If your bike accident claim is valued between £1,000 and £25,000, it can typically be handled without the need for court action using the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents. This can let you agree compensation voluntarily with the defendant, avoiding the need for you to attend a court hearing.
For high-value claims related to more serious injuries, it’s still possible to agree a settlement out of court. Our personal injury solicitors have strong skills in negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). They therefore have a great track record of successfully securing out-of-court settlements for even the most serious cycling accident claims.
Court proceedings for bicycle accident claims
Sometimes, cases require court proceedings to secure fair compensation. We can offer highly effective representation to ensure you get the best available outcome.
Our personal injury solicitors have strong in-house expertise and established links with a number of specialist barristers. We therefore make sure your case is handled the right way at every stage of proceedings and ensure you don’t miss the opportunity to secure an early settlement.
Cycling accident claims FAQs
This will depend on the nature of your injuries and their impact on your life. Some of the main factors that will affect your claim’s likely value include:
- How bad your injuries were
- The impact your injuries have on your life
- How long you have suffered with your injuries
- The long term prognosis of your injuries
- Specific costs you have incurred due to your injuries
- Expected future losses you are likely to incur
Our solicitors aim to provide a realistic estimate of how much compensation you may be able to secure as quickly as possible so you have a clear idea of what you may be able to achieve before deciding to go ahead with a claim.
If your claim can be handled through the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents, it can potentially be resolved in a matter of months. If, on the other hand, court proceedings are required, you claim could take much longer.
In the most serious and complex cases, it can take several years to achieve a final result through court proceedings, which is one of the reasons working towards an out-of-court settlement is usually the preferred option in most circumstances.
In some cases, you may need to secure compensation fast in order to fund the cost of treatment, other recovery and rehabilitation services or different types of support. Depending on the circumstances, it can be possible to secure an interim payment to cover these types of essential costs while your claim is still ongoing.
Interim payments will generally be an option where the other side has admitted fault, but the final value of your compensation has not yet been agreed. To secure an interim payment of compensation for a cycling accident, you may need to show that the outcome for your health or quality of life will be worse if you do not receive prompt treatment or other types of support. This will likely involve presenting evidence from your doctor as well as potentially other types of expert evidence.
Our cycling accident claims solicitors can advise you on whether an interim payment is likely to be a possibility in your circumstances, then guide you through the entire process of securing an interim payment to help ensure your needs are met.
If a loved one has died in a cycling accident that was not their fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Your eligibility to do so and the amount you can claim will depend on the circumstances, so it’s essential to seek specialist legal advice as soon as you can.
Compensation you can claim for a fatal cycling accident may include:
- Replacing lost income
- Funeral expenses
- A bereavement award
- Compensation for your pain and suffering
You will generally have three years from the date of death to pursue a fatal cycling injury claim.
Yes, if you were injured through the fault of an uninsured driver, you will often be able to secure compensation through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).
Our bike accident solicitors will be happy to guide you through this process, helping you to secure fair compensation, no matter what the circumstances of your accident.
Depending on the seriousness of your injuries, the value of the claim and other factors, a Motor Insurers’ Bureau cycling injury claim can take anything from around 4-5 months up to 12 months or longer.
Any compensation we secure for you will generally be considered as part of your assets for the purposes of means-tested benefits, meaning you could potentially miss out on benefits you would otherwise have been entitled to. However, there is a solution.
By placing your compensation into a personal injury trust fund, you can receive a fixed monthly amount and/or use the funds when needed to cover costs, such as paying for treatment, specialist care or equipment. However, this will not affect your entitlement to means-tested benefits, so you should not lose out as a result of receiving compensation.
Find out more about personal injury trust funds.
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If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, our friendly, expert personal injury lawyers are here to help.