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 is often the only way to deal with the negative effect of your injuries on your life.
Cycling accident claims can be complex, however, and are often hotly contested by the defendant. Having specialist legal advice is therefore critical to ensure the right information is brought to light and supported with robust evidence, and that your case is presented effectively, giving you the best chance of a fair outcome.
We offer a no win, no fee consultation with a specialist personal injury lawyer to talk about your options and how best to fund your claim. The offer of no win, no fee cycling accident claims means it will often cost you nothing to start a compensation claim.
We work with clients all over the UK from our six offices spread across Bristol and the surrounding area in Bedminster, Clifton, Horfield, Kingswood, Queen Square and Thornbury.
If you’ve suffered an injury in a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault, our specialist solicitors in Bristol and South Gloucestershire can advise you. To discuss a potential cycling accident claim, call 0117 905 9763 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. What’s more, we’re supported by a number of passionate cyclists within our personal injury team.
Not only do we feel strongly about representing cyclists’ rights, we also understand the safety issues most 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
- Collisions with car doors
- Collisions between cyclists
- Collisions between cyclists and pedestrians
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It’s also important to us that your recovery and future quality of life are assured. So 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 team are members of the Spinal Injuries Association and Headway’s Personal Injury Solicitors list.
We’re highly ranked by Chambers and hold a band 2 ranking for our expertise and quality of our work. We’ve also received a tier 3 ranking for the South West by Legal 500.
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’. This means we represent you at no upfront cost to you, with our legal fees only being payable if we secure compensation for you. This means there is no financial risk to you in starting a claim.
Other options for covering the cost of a bicycle accident claim include legal expenses insurance, which is sometimes offered as 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 cycling accident claims
You will typically have three years from the date of the accident to make a compensation claim. However, there can be circumstances which means the standard time limit will be extended, giving you longer to bring your claim.
If the injured party is under 18, the final deadline to make a claim is usually their 21st birthday.
If the injured party has been 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 have been injured by a car, van, lorry or any other type of 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 are likely to be eligible for a MIB claim and guide you through the entire claims process.
Out of court settlements for cycling injury claims
If your claim is valued between £1,000-£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, allowing you both to avoid the need to attend a court hearing.
For high-value claims related to more serious cycling injuries, it is still often possible to agree a settlement out of court. With strong skills in negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), our personal injury lawyers have a very good track record of successfully securing out of court settlements for even the most serious cycling accident claims.
Court proceedings for bicycle accident claims
Where court proceedings are required to secure fair compensation, we can offer experienced, highly effective representation to ensure you get the best available outcome.
With strong in-house expertise and established links with a number of specialist barristers, we can make sure your case is handled the right way at every stage of proceedings and that no opportunity to secure an early settlement is missed.
Cycling accident claims FAQs
How much compensation can you claim for a bicycle accident?
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
We 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.
How long does it take to get compensation for a bicycle injury?
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.
Can I get interim compensation for a cycling accident to pay for treatment?
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 sometimes 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.
Can I claim compensation on behalf of someone else?
If a loved one has been injured in a cycling accident and does not have the mental capacity to pursue a claim of their own, for example, due to a serious brain injury, you may be able to pursue a claim for them by acting as their ‘litigation friend’.
A litigation friend is empowered to make decisions about the claim on behalf of the injured party and to attend court proceedings for them if required.
You will need to apply to a court to become a litigation friend, although if you are already acting as a Court of Protection deputy for the injured party, this is usually relatively straightforward.
Can I claim compensation for someone who died in a cycling accident?
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.
Can I claim cycling injury compensation from an uninsured driver?
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). We 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.
Will bicycle accident compensation affect benefits entitlements?
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.
Still looking for answers?
Have a question we haven’t answered? Try taking a look at our general personal injury FAQs or please feel free to ask us a question directly.
Start a bicycle accident compensation claim today
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, our friendly, expert personal injury lawyers are here to help.
We work with clients all over the UK from our six offices spread across Bristol and the surrounding area in Bedminster, Clifton, Horfield, Kingswood, Queens Square and Thornbury.
To discuss a potential cycling accident claim with a member of our team, call 0117 905 9763 or complete our online enquiry form.