Whether it's to improve your fitness, boost your bank balance or make an environmental impact, we understand that opting for two wheels over four is a lifestyle choice. The unfortunate downside is that as a cyclist, you're less protected and more exposed than other road users, meaning collisions are more likely to result in serious injury such as traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.
What are the most common causes of cycle accidents?
Around two thirds of all serious and fatal cyclist collisions occur near junctions, with a significant 57% as a result of a driver failing to look properly. In many reported cases, drivers have forgotten to check their blind spots or simply don't leave a safe enough gap. When a cyclist is clipped, their lack of protective shell means they can suffer extreme and potentially life-changing injuries as a result.
Should I make a claim if I was knocked off my bike?
Lives can be changed in seconds, but it takes time, money and ongoing support to rebuild them after a traumatic accident. Though no amount of money can make up for the damages occurring from severe injuries such as spinal injury, head injury and amputation, appropriate compensation may be necessary for you and your family.
Our road traffic accident experts will fund your claim under our Conditional Fee “No Win, No Fee” Scheme, meaning you do not have to pay anything up front. We will fund your claim and upon a successful result we may have to take up to 25% of any compensation from any past losses towards our unrecovered costs. Should you have any ‘before the event’ legal expenses policies or a Trade Union membership for example, there is a possibility that this will fund your claim, at no cost to yourself which means you will then retain 100% of any compensation.
If we fail to recover any compensation for you, for example if the claim fails, there is no cost or charge for our services, as long as you have co-operated with us throughout.
What is the claims process for a cycling accident claim?
During the initial stages of making a road traffic accident claim, our road traffic accident solicitors will provide a free consultation to discuss the circumstances. Following this, we will investigate the extent of the cycle injury and resulting losses.
Is there a time limit on making a cycle injury claim for compensation?
Under the Limitation Act 1980 you have strictly speaking three years from the date of the bicycle accident in which to bring a claim for a cycling injury. However, this is not a rule that applies to all claims. The timescale can differ due to factors such as if the accident involves a child or a vulnerable person who lacked mental capacity. It is therefore essential that you obtain early legal advice following a road traffic accident.
Will my bicycle accident claim go to court?
Most cycle injury claim cases are resolved without the need to go to court. However, there are occasions where we have to issue proceedings. Even then, most of those cases are often resolved by way of negotiation before the case actually proceeds to trial at court.
What should I do if I’m injured in a road traffic accident?
Other party details
If there is another party involved in the cycle crash, it is crucial to identify them by taking down their details. In addition it is often helpful to record the registration number, make, model and colour of any car(s) involved in the cycling accident.
If you are able to do so, you should try to obtain names and contact details of any witnesses to the accident.
If it’s possible you should try to take images of the scene of the accident – especially if the bicycle accident was caused by a road defect such as a pothole or send us any helmet cam recording you may have.
Report the incident
You should always report the accident to the police if you were knocked off your cycle and this should be done as soon as possible. Once the incident has been reported you should be given a reference number and try to obtain the name of the officer that dealt with your case.
Seek medical attention for any injuries sustained
It is advisable to have all injuries checked even if they only appear minor.
Brain injury, spinal injury and serious injury rehabilitation
There are so many ways those with brain and spinal or serious injuries can be helped to lead a full life, but assistance is difficult to come by through the NHS. Appropriate compensation is the key to accessing this help - therapy, aids and equipment, accommodation, care, extra costs. Money may need to be managed through the Court of Protection.
We offer a personal, local service for all aspects of a serious injury claims, funded by insurance backed conditional fee agreements, to help you achieve the best outcome. We also hold a Legal Aid Agency contract for medical negligence and can offer Legal Aid for children with severe neurological injuries caused by alleged negligence.
Please note, the information on this page is not meant to be a substitute for advice provided by a doctor. Always consult with an appropriate professional for specific advice related to your situation.