Bicycle accident claims are for the personal injury, past or future financial losses and the broader impact on your life.

Our lawyers at Personal Injury Team UK have specialist knowledge and experience in bicycle accident claims. You may be entitled to claim compensation if you have suffered a road traffic accident that was not your fault.

Your personal injury solicitor seeks to recover damages through a claims process. If you have been injured, and your life was impacted by an accident that was someone else’s fault, a claim for compensation seeks financial redress for your injuries and losses.

If you have been involved in a personal injury accident and it was not your fault, The Personal Injury Team No Win No Fee solicitors can file your compensation claim and get you the money you deserve.

Bike accident claims

What is a bicycle accident claim?

A bicycle accident claim is for compensation after suffering a personal injury in a bicycle accident. You bring a claim against the owner of the car that hit you, the council responsible for the pothole or the pedestrian who knocked you off your bike.

A bicycle accident can put you out of work, impact your life and cause you pain and discomfort. You can claim compensation if the accident is not your fault or only partially your fault, known as contributory negligence.

You claim compensation for the damages from the bicycling accident. The damages include the impact of your injuries and recovery, as well as any financial losses and projected loss of income.

Your No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor will seek compensation for all damages in a bicycle accident claim from the guilty party.

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What is contributory negligence?

Contributory negligence is when you accept part of the blame for your accident while establishing that the other party was responsible for your cycling injuries.

An example is a cyclist at night not wearing appropriate reflective gear or lights on their bike. They collide with a car driving on the wrong side of the road and suffer an injury. 

The contributory negligence is that not wearing reflective gear will likely have had some impact on the cycling accident.

A personal injury solicitor will be able to seek compensation while admitting the contributory negligence and secure it at a reduced rate.

Common bicycle accident claims

Common bicycle accident claims are brought against the negligent party in all incidents, from hitting a pothole to being injured by defective equipment.

Common cycling accident claims are:

  • Hit by a car door accident claim
  • Pothole accident claims
  • Reckless driving claims
  • Junction accident claim
  • Driver veering into cycle path claims
  • Damaged or substandard bicycle lane claims
  • Defective equipment cycling accident claims

If you have a bicycle accident claim that does not feature on the list, please get in touch for an assessment of your options.

Common bicycle accident claims

Hit by a car door accident claim

A hit-by-a-car door accident claim is when the driver of a car or other vehicle opens their door into the path of a cyclist. Known as a ‘dooring accident,’ it can significantly impact a cyclist travelling at any speed.

You may be thrown to the ground or in front of a passing car. Injuries include broken bones and muscle damage, and you could suffer a brain injury and PTSD.

Pothole accident claims

Pothole accident claims are when you are knocked off your bicycle by hitting a poorly kept road surface. You will suffer an injury, and your bike may be damaged too.

Injuries in a pothole accident are often broken wrists and facial scarring.

Reckless driving claims

Reckless driving claims come from a collision between your bicycle and a car being driven without due care. The accident could be due to a driver being drunk, speeding, or weaving in and out of traffic.

Reckless driving results in serious injuries such as paraplegia, amputation and multiple broken bones.

Junction accident claim

A junction accident claim is when a driver pulls out in front of a cyclist into a bike lane or when turning at a road junction. The driver does not look in the side mirror and hits the cyclist passing on the outside, throwing them to the road.

Head injuries from hitting the kerb or a crushed leg from the car are often seen in a junction accident claim.

Bike accident claims

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Pedestrian cycling accident claims

Pedestrian cycling accident claims come from when a pedestrian walks out in front of a cyclist. It can happen by them stepping off the pavement or not paying attention when crossing the street.

The person cycling the bike can suffer arm and leg injuries when knocked off by a pedestrian. 

Driver veering into cycling path claims

Driver veering into cycling path claims is the obvious result of the car moving into a cycling lane without due care. A driver not offering the cyclist adequate space on the cycle path will hit them and may cause a severe collision.

Leg breaks, broken wrists and head injuries are often seen with cycling path claims.

Damaged or substandard bicycle lane claim

A damaged or substandard bicycle lane claim is when there is a clear danger to a cyclist from the bike path. The bicycle lane not clearly marked for drivers, or one with cracks and potholes is not fit for purpose.

Bicycle accident claims from a substandard bike lane see broken bones, chipped teeth and facial scarring.

Defective equipment cycling accident claims

Defective equipment cycling accident claims come from poor-standard helmets, badly repaired bikes and poorly maintained rental bicycles.

A deficient helmet will not give adequate protection from a head injury, and malfunctioning brakes lead to collisions.

Serious injuries such as to the neck and back come from defective equipment and, tragically, sometimes result in a fatal bicycle accident.

Fatal bicycle accident

The fatal bicycle accident is a tragic and traumatic event for loved ones. 111 cyclists were killed in bike accidents in the UK in 2021, with a further 4,353 suffering serious injury.

The loss of a loved one’s life can carry an enormous emotional burden and have significant financial implications for the family members or dependents who relied on the deceased.

If you lose someone close to you through a bicycle accident that was not their fault, you can proceed with a bicycle accident claim.

Loss of life claims

Who is responsible for a bicycle accident?

The driver of the car that hit you or the pedestrian who knocked you off your bike is responsible for a bicycle accident. The local council is responsible if you hit a pothole or poorly maintained road surface. 

The bicycle hire company or the repair shop is responsible for defective equipment or bike maintenance.

Attaching blame in any road traffic accident depends on the evidence you build to support your claim. With a bicycle accident claim, you must prove the other party owed you a duty of care. They caused or directly contributed to your cycling injuries by breaching that responsibility.

You can help build your case by knowing what to do at the time.

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What to do following a bicycle accident

Following a cycling accident or any type of road traffic collision, there are steps to take to aid your recovery and claim compensation further down the line.

The steps are:

Seek immediate medical attention, as your health is the priority. Make sure you assess your immediate injuries and decide whether or not you need further medical care.

If an ambulance is needed, do not hesitate to call one, even if you believe you only have minor injuries.

Document the incident as best you can by gathering evidence at the scene. Try to attain contact details for any parties involved in the cycling accident and any witnesses to the event.

Note the date and time and take photographs of the bicycle accident scene. Find out whether any CCTV footage of the incident exists and get a copy if possible.

Take pictures of any minor or serious injury you have suffered.

File an official report of the bicycling accident and any injuries you suffered to the police.

If there has been significant damage and a more severe injury that requires an ambulance, the police may arrive on the scene of their own accord.

Seek advice from an experienced cycling accident solicitor to start your claim. 

The evidence you have gathered will help a personal injury solicitor build a strong case and may ultimately determine how much in damages you can claim.

How much in damages can I claim in a personal injury claim?

In a personal injury claim, you can claim damages ranging from a few thousand pounds to more than £10 million. How much compensation you can claim depends on the injuries suffered and the financial effect of those injuries on your life.

If someone else is responsible for your personal injury, you can claim compensation from their insurance company.

Sample compensation amounts in a personal injury claim are as follows. Please note these are figures for the injuries only. Financial losses would apply in addition:

  • Facial scarring from £9,110 to £30,090
  • Moderate hip and pelvis injury from £12,590 to £39,170
  • Severe shoulder injury from £19,200 to £48,030
  • Moderate neck injury from £7,890 to £38,490
  • Severe back injury from £38,780 to £160,980
  • Traumatic chest injury from £65,740 to £100,670
  • Moderate brain injury from £43,060 to £219,070
  • Paraplegia from £219,070 to £284,260

(The figures given here are for General Damages amounts only. You will also receive compensation for any financial losses you suffer due to the personal injury. Figures taken from Judicial College Guidelines 16th Edition and are accurate as of April 2023.)

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There is not one fixed amount in personal injury claims. The circumstances differ from person to person and claim to claim, and the amount of compensation awarded will be tailored to the circumstances of your claim.  

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor can tell you what to expect from their experience and what you can claim for in personal injury compensation.

What can you claim for compensation in a personal injury claim?

When making a claim for personal injury you are compensated for 2 types of potential damages:

  • General damages
  • Special damages

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, speak with the Personal Injury Team today for a FREE online claim assessment and begin your no win no fee claim today.

Compensation for general damages in a bicycle accident claim

Compensation for general damages covers the injured party for PSLA, or the Pain, Suffering and Loss of Amenity.

Bicycle accidents can cause serious injuries and in some cases lead to loss of life.

Compensation for general damages protects the injured party who have been put through avoidable physical and emotional suffering.

Find out how much you can receive in compensation for general damages today by speaking to the Personal Injury Team.

Compensation for special damages in a bicycle accident claim

Compensation for special damages covers the injured party for any out of pocket expense caused by the bicycle accident.

You are compensated for expenses such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Damage to property (e.g Bike)
  • Cost of treatment
  • Travel expenses to get to appointments
  • Accommodation if traveling for medical appointment
  • Therapy

To find out how much you can claim in special damages for a bicycle injury claim, speak with the Personal Injury Team today.

How to make a bicycle accident claim for compensation?

If you have been injured why cycling and it was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim to compensate for damages. 

The Personal Injury Team will help guide you every step of your claim and secure you the compensation you deserve.

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Find out how much you can claim for today

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for road traffic accident claim.

To find out how much you could claim in personal injury compensation, speak with a No win No Fee Personal Injury Solicitor today.

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