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Claiming for a cycling accident

After a cycling accident, it can be a difficult and confusing time.

Every year in the UK thousands of cycling accidents occur on the roads. Fortunately, most of these are only minor but some can cause serious injuries, life altering conditions, and even prove fatal. Where a cycle crash has occurred that was someone else’s fault, it may be possible to make a cycle accident claim for compensation.

If you’ve been in a cycling crash that wasn’t your fault, Your Legal Friend can help you. We’ve been supporting those making personal injury claims for over 20 years and could use our expert knowledge to give your case the best possible chance of success. We understand that a cycle accident not only causes physical damage but can affect you emotionally and financially too. We will factor these different aspects into the bicycle accident claims process. From initially reaching out to contact us to your case concluding, you’ll have access to a team that is dedicated to working on your behalf, achieving the best outcome possible for you, and has experience of claiming bicycle accident compensation.

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Frequently asked questions

Why should you claim?

Deciding to take any personal injury claim forward can be a difficult decision but if you’ve been affected it should be a step you seriously consider, especially if you’ve been in one of the UK’s many push bike accidents.

Cycling accidents can not only cause short-term suffering but in serious incidences result in lifelong conditions that can affect your quality of life. If you were injured or affected by a cyclist accident that wasn’t your fault you’re entitled to compensation. Cycle accident compensation doesn’t just give you a one-off financial payment but the resources you need to move forward with your life and the ability to hold those responsible for your suffering to account.

After you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident it can mean you need to take a period of time off work to recover, resulting in lost earnings. In more severe cases, where bike accidents cause significant injury, you may find that you are not able to return to work. Where this has been the case, cycling accident compensation can help you receive the money you have lost from being out of work, helping to alleviate financial concerns and stress during an already difficult time.

Injuries obtained during a cycling accident can mean that extensive treatment, physiotherapy, or surgery is necessary. Financial cycling accident compensation can help you cover extra medical costs and changes that may be required to your home as a result of your injury.

When you’re involved in an accident it can have a drastic impact on your life. Claiming cycle accident injury compensation can help you improve your quality of life and regain some of the independence or confidence that you may have lost as a result of the incident. Whether your injury was minor or major, we can help you take your claim forward and represent you against those that were responsible for the bicycle accident. Our cycle accident solicitors have experience representing those in a similar position and could use their skills to support you too.

Are you eligible to claim?

To be eligible to make a bicycle injury compensation claim the incident must not be your fault and must have occurred in the last three years.

There are lots of different ways that push bike accidents, including bike car accidents, can happen. Types of accidents include:

  • A collision with another vehicle
  • Poor road conditions
  • Defective cycling equipment

In some cases, it’s easy to tell if your accident was your fault, for instance if it was caused by a pothole or a manufacturing problem with your bicycle. However, in other cases of road cycling accidents, particularly those concerning multiple people, it can be difficult to determine who is at fault.

If you’re unsure whether you can make a cycling accident claim, we’re here to help. Here at Your Legal Friend our specialist cycling solicitors are on hand to help you understand. By using our knowledge and listening to your experience we will be able to tell you if you could be one of those that make successful cycle injury claims every year.

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Have you suffered a serious bike accident?

Did you know that every year around 3,500 cyclists are seriously injured due to a road accident in the UK? And this is just those reported to the police, many thousands more cyclists are affected by injuries resulting from accidents too; from a bicyclist hit by a car to those affected by faulty equipment, it is possible for those in an accident that wasn’t their fault to make a cycle accident claim. 

All road accidents carry a risk of serious injury but cyclists are especially vulnerable. Due to vehicles travelling at higher speeds and weighing far more, it’s easy for cycle accidents to result in serious injuries that have the potential to be life threatening or life altering. Serious injuries are those that are defined as having a lasting impact. But this goes beyond the physical affects and can also include the emotional trauma and financial pressure that it has caused. 

Whatever your circumstances it can sometimes be difficult to know whether your personal case would be classified as ‘serious’. Serious could mean that you’ve had to undergo extensive and lengthy medical treatment or that you’ve had to take a long period of time off work in order to recover. It could also mean that you now require additional care or that you now need to change career.

If you’re still unsure and would like some bike accident advice, our expert team is on hand to use their skills and knowledge to help you. We’ll use our previous experience of operating on behalf of personal injury claimants, including bicycle injury claims, to help you understand whether your case would be classed as serious.

How should I report a cycling accident to the police?

Ideally you should contact the police soon after the cycling accident has happened and from the same location. Where this isn’t possible you should do so within 24 hours.

Anyone that was involved in the incident can report the accident to the police, which they will then investigate. Try to get as much information as possible at the point of the accident, such as the name of the person, their address, insurance details, and the registration of the car. You can then pass on these details to the police who can follow up. 

Taking the correct steps is important for those wanting to make a cycle claim as there are set procedures that will need to be followed. A cycling lawyer will be able to advise you on the next steps if you want to a compensation claim that considers your circumstances and how your incident was reported.

What should I do after a cycling accident?

Immediately after a cycling crash it’s important to remove yourself from danger and seek medical attention if necessary. Other steps to take after a cycling accident include:

  • Exchanging details – Make sure that you make a note of the vehicle, including its registration number, as well as the individual’s name, address, and insurance details.
  • Look for a witness – If you would like to make a compensation claim, independent witnesses can support your case. Witness statements are crucial in court so ensure you get the details of at least 2 people that saw the accident where possible.
  • Gather evidence – If the accident was captured on video it can further support your claim. This could include CCTV, camera phone, or bike camera footage.
  • Keep records – If you can obtain copies of things like police reports and medical records, this can make processing your case smoother and faster.
  • Seek legal advice – If you want to take your compensation claim forward, seeking professional legal advice can help ensure you have the skills and experience you need to secure the best possible outcome in your case.

What are the different types of cycling accidents?

Driver or rider error contributes to almost three quarters of reported cycling accidents in the UK. It’s impossible to prevent all accidents from occurring but with our support we can help those that have been affected receive the compensation that they deserve, helping them on the road to a full recovery and holding those that are to blame to account.

  • Hit and run cycle accident claims

Drivers that are involved in an accident should stop to pass on their details to you and make sure you are ok. But, unfortunately, this isn’t always what happens despite the failure to stop being illegal. If you’ve been involved in a hit and run incident it is still possible to make a cycle accident claim even if those at fault can’t be traced.

Where this has happened, you should follow the typical steps of a road accident as much as possible. This includes writing down the registration number if you’re able to see it, asking witnesses for their details, and reporting the incident to the police. By following these steps, it can make claiming bicycle car accident settlement amounts easier.

  • Bike accidents caused by poor road conditions

Poorly maintained roads can be just as dangerous as vehicles for cyclists. Bike accident claims can also be made against local authorities in some cases, such as if potholes or inadequate cycle paths were to blame for the incident. In some cases, you may even be able to make a claim against authorities when you were involved in a collision with a vehicle.  This could be the case if a poor junction design meant that you were unable to properly see the flow of traffic.

As with all types of personal injury cases, where incidents are caused by poor road conditions, bicycle accident compensation amounts can vary from case to case.

  • Bike accidents involving another vehicle

Most bike accidents don’t involve a vehicle but those that do can be very serious. If another road user caused you injury you may be able to make a claim for compensation. You will need to show that it was their fault the accident occurred, such as if they were not adhering to speed limits or failed to check their mirrors before pulling out at a junction, meaning they didn’t notice you. A hit by a car settlement takes a variety of factors into consideration, such as the long-term effects of the incident on your health or whether your bike was damaged in the car accident.

If you would like to find out more about cyclist hit by car settlement options and how we can help you, you can contact our professional team.

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What are the psychological effects of a cycling accident?

While the physical injuries of road traffic accidents are more evident, the psychological ones can be just as devastating to those involved. Such an incident can leave you feeling vulnerable and nervous to get back in the saddle.

When you take a bike accident claim forward, we can consider the emotional impact of the accident on you too. The psychological affects you may experience can contribute to the final bike accident claim amount you receive and a bicycle accident lawyer will be able to advise you on how to make sure the full effects of the accident are reflected in your claim.

How much compensation could I receieve for a cycling accident?

Without fully knowing the details of your cycle accident and how it has affected your quality of life it is impossible to say how much compensation you can receive. But previous successful cases have amounted to tens of thousands of pounds in compensation; a cycle accident lawyer will be able to put a value on your claim after listening to your experiences and reviewing the relevant medical evidence in your case.

Each claim is given a value that reflects the individual case as cycle accidents that occur can be very different from each other, and so to can the effects. Cyclists that have severe injuries that will affect their life for a long period will receive more financial compensation than someone who is able to make a full recovery in a relatively short space of time. If you would like some advice or bicycle accident claim tips, we’re here to offer our support and set you on the right path to success and recovery.

However, it’s not just the extent of the injuries that a bicycle injury lawyer will consider. Among the factors that are considered as part of cycle accident claims are:

  • Medical care – Extra medical costs can by substantial after a bicycle accident. If you’ve needed to pay out to receive the care that you needed we can help you make a compensation claim that considers this.
  • Prescriptions – Prescription costs can quickly mount up, particularly if you need multiple items or require them over a long period. Making a cycle accident claim can help you cover these costs. 
  • Travel – You may have had to travel after an accident, such as to and from hospital or physiotherapy appointments. These outgoings can be reimbursed through compensation.
  • Loss of earnings – If you’ve been unable to work it can place even more pressure on you after a bike accident. Compensation can help you recover these losses and take financial concerns off your mind. Compensation can also consider losses in future earnings, including increase in wages, promotions, and pensions.
  • Rehabilitation and physiotherapy – Following cycle accidents those involved may need some ongoing treatment in the form of rehabilitation and physiotherapy. It is possible to have these costs covered by cycle accident compensation, ensuring you have the best care possible to help you get back on your feet.
  • Adaption of property – If your accident resulted in extensive injuries you may need to adapt your home environment to make it suitable to live in. For instance, if you now need to use a wheelchair compensation can support you in adapting your home to make it easier to move around.
  • Care and assistance – In some cases, those making a bike accident claim may need care and assistance, in both the short and long term. This could be in the form of professional help or family members offering additional support. Compensation can help cover these costs and compensate those that have taken time off work to provide care.
  • General damages – General damages cover the pain and suffering that you have experienced as part of a cycle accident. It can include both the immediate pain and long-term suffering if issues caused by the incident are expected to be ongoing.

There are guidelines set in place for cycling compensation and our expert team are on hand to help you understand how much your case could be worth. If you want to find out more you can contact us today. When we take a case forward we work with our clients to fully understand the effects of the bike accident and ensure that the value accurately reflects their individual case.

How do I claim for a bike accident?

We know that after a cycling incident you’ll want to be focused on your recovery and people can often feel nervous about speaking to a legal professional about their personal circumstances. We do everything we can to ensure that we put our clients at ease as soon as they get into contact with us.

Our expert team has a wealth of experience in supporting clients making personal injury claims. From the very beginning we’ll use our insights to help you understand the legal process and make sure you’re armed with all the information you need to make the right choice for you. One of our highly-trained advisors will be able to speak with you about your claim when you get in contact with Your Legal Friend. We’ll take the time to listen to your experience and understand how you were affected to give you the best advice possible for your personal claim and put your case in the hands of cycle accident solicitors that fully understands the legal process.

When you choose to take a claim forward with us, a professional personal injury lawyer will handle your case. They will be responsible for putting together your claim and representing you should your case go to court. Not only are our team experts in the field but they’re friendly and approachable too, making sure you feel comfortable throughout the whole of the compensation process.

We operate a no win, no fee guarantee, so you don’t even have to worry about upfront financial costs when you make a claim after being in a cycling accident. Together we will work with you to ensure that your case has the best outcome possible and that the compensation awarded reflects the extent of your injury and suffering.

To start your claim and access the expertise of the Your Legal Friend team, you can call 0808 301 7487 for a confidential and informal chat with one of our solicitors. Alternatively, you can fill in our online contact form to arrange for one of our team members to call you back.