In this article, we provide some road accident cycling claim examples that could allow you to seek personal injury compensation. At the start of the article, you’ll read about the eligibility criteria that need to be met in bike and cycle accident claims.
As you move on, you’ll find out how compensation is calculated in cycling accident claims and the types of evidence you could use to improve the chances of securing a settlement.
If you have a valid personal injury compensation claim, one of the cycling accident solicitors from our panel could agree to represent you. As such, we set out how their No Win No Fee service could benefit you.
If you’d like to check if you could claim compensation for a cycling accident, you can contact us for a free initial assessment of your claim. To do so, you can start by making a claim online to tell us what’s happened.
Please continue reading to learn how to make a bike accident claim or contact us for free advice at a convenient time that suits you through our contact form.
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In law, all road users owe each other a duty of care. This means that they should follow the rules of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code to prevent injuries and damage to themselves and others. In fact, the Highway Code was updated in 2023 to try and protect vulnerable road users such as cyclists by introducing a hierarchy of road users.
While all road users must navigate the roads in a way to prevent accidents, the cycling claim examples we’ll discuss in this guide are based on cycling accidents involving motorists.
You may be entitled to seek compensation after a road traffic accident for cycling injuries via a personal injury claim if:
- At the point of your accident, the motorist involved owed you a legal duty of care.
- The accident you were involved in happened because the motorist failed to uphold that duty.
- As a direct consequence, you suffered an injury or injuries.
There is also a personal injury claims time limit. The time limit is generally three years to initiate legal proceedings in court running from the accident date. However, the time limit can be extended for those with reduced mental capacity or for minors.
Please get in touch if you believe you should be compensated for your cycling accident injuries following a cycling accident on the road.
In this section, we’ve listed some scenarios that could cause cyclists to be injured by driver negligence. These scenarios may provide you with an idea as to whether you could make a bicycle accident claim. Personal injury claims can be made for severe injuries such as serious brain injuries as well as general soft tissue injuries.
Cycling accident claim examples include:
- A cyclist was hit by a car and thrown from their bike because the driver was distracted by their mobile phone. As a result of this cycling accident, the cyclist sustained a serious head injury.
- A cyclist was involved in a rear end collision because a van was being driven above the speed limit, and the driver couldn’t stop in time at a junction. Subsequently, due to the cycle accident, the cyclist suffered very serious injuries, which left them disabled because of a lower back injury.
- A lorry driver failed to stop at a red light and crashed into a cyclist crossing a junction. As a result of the cycle accident, very serious injuries caused a fatal accident.
These are just a few examples of road traffic accidents involving motorists that could potentially lead to bicycle accident claims. For more cycling claim examples or to find out if you might be eligible to make an injury claim, please get in touch today.
When discussing compensation amounts for bicycle accident claims, the first head of loss to consider is general damages. This is compensation for any pain and suffering caused by the accident.
To fully understand the extent of your cycling accident injuries and how much compensation you could claim, the road traffic accident claims process dictates that you’ll need an independent medical assessment. If you work with a solicitor, they’ll use the report that follows to help calculate the level of compensation you might be entitled to. They could refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) too. That’s because it contains guideline compensation brackets for many different injuries.
While we don’t have a specific bicycle accident compensation calculator per se, the compensation table that follows provides some guideline compensation brackets from the JCG. Please note, however, that these amounts are not guaranteed, as compensation payouts can vary a lot from case to case, and there is no actual maximum compensation amount.
Type of Injury Severity Level Guideline Bracket Detailed Guidance
Multiple Severe Injuries with Special Damages Severe Up to £1,000,000 + Covers physical and psychological pain and suffering resulting from multiple severe injuries plus nursing care, lost income, home modifications and other special damages
Injury Resulting from Brain Injury Very Severe £282,010 to £403,990 Full time-nursing care is required and there will be double incontinence, little to no language function along with little evidence of meaningful environmental response.
Moderately Severe £219,070 to £282,010 Likely to cover cases of minimally conscious state or permanent vegetative state.
Neck Injuries Severe (i) In the region of £148,330 For example, a serious neck injury where the injured party has little or no movement and suffers severe headaches (intractable) despite wearing a neck collar for years.
Other Arm Injuries Severe £96,160 to £130,930 Extremely serious arm injuries which fall just short of amputation and leave the claimant little better off than had they lost their arm.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Severe £59,860 to £100,670 Permanent symptoms of PTSD that stop the injured party functioning anywhere near pre-trauma levels.
Epilepsy Established Petit Mal £54,830 to £131,370 Based on whether attacks can be controlled by medication; the impact on working and social life; whether appreciation of life is blunted by medication; behavioural problems; and the overall prognosis.
Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips Severe (i) £78,400 to £130,930 The types of injuries that result in substantial residual disabilities that cause sexual dysfunction or a lack of bowel or bladder control.
Leg Injuries Severe (ii) £54,830 to £87,890 Multiple fractures have taken years to heal, required extensive treatment, and have led to serious deformity.
In our table, the first line is for illustration purposes and was not taken from the JCG.
Special Damages In Cycling Accident Claims
A second head of loss, special damages, might also make up part of your settlement if you make a successful claim. This seeks to compensate for out of pocket expenses. Some examples of what special damages could cover include:
- Lost income.
- Medical expenses
- Costs for domestic tasks
- The cost of a carer.
- Home adaptations to improve your quality of life (if you’ve been left disabled, for example).
- Medical costs – for example, the cost of physiotherapy.
You will need to supply evidence to prove any costs you claim back. This could include receipts, bank statements or wage slips.
To see what level of compensation you could be entitled to for a cycling accident claim, please reach out to us today.
When claiming bike accident compensation, you will need to provide supporting evidence. This should help to clarify liability for the bicycle accident and the extent of your suffering.
Some cycling accident claim examples of evidence that could help strengthen your case include:
- CCTV, dashcam or helmet-cam footage of the accident.
- Details of anybody who saw the accident happen.
- Photographs taken at the scene of the accident.
- Medical evidence – information about your medical treatment and copies of medical records.
- Details about the vehicle’s driver and their insurance provider.
If your claim for cycling accident injuries is taken on by a road traffic accident solicitor, they may offer to gather further evidence as part of their service.
If you tell us about the evidence you’ve collected so far, we’ll review your case for claiming compensation for free.
You’ve reached the end of our guide on cycling claim examples. Hopefully, it’s helped and you now know whether you’ll proceed to begin a compensation claim.
If that’s what you’d like to do, working with a specialist solicitor may make the claims process much easier. Importantly, the personal injury solicitors on our panel use a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to provide a No Win No Fee service for all accepted claims.
- Your solicitor’s work does not need to be paid for upfront, while the claim is being processed or if it is unsuccessful.
- You’ll only have to pay a success fee for your solicitor’s work from any compensation you receive if the claim is won. The percentage of your compensation that can be deducted is legally capped.
If you’d like to check if you could work with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel, please contact us. Begin making a claim online and we’ll assess the merits of your case for free. If your compensation claim is valid, we’ll call back to explain your options.
Here are some more of our guides on how to make road traffic accident claims for cycling accidents:
- A guide that answers the question, “How much compensation will I get for a bike accident?” and more.
- Details of how to claim if you were involved in a hit and run
- Advice on pothole claims against the local authority.
Here are some external resources that may be useful after a bicycle accident:
- Gov.UK – You may need time off work if you’ve suffered injuries see if you are eligible for SSP here – Statutory Sick Pay
- Think! – Looks at ways to cycle in the safest manner – cycle safety.
- NHS – Serious injuries may need immediate attention- When to call 999.
If you’d like to discuss cycling claim examples in more detail, contact us for free advice at a convenient time that suits you through our contact form.