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Cycling Accident Compensation Claims

Despite attempts to improve cycling safety, accidents can still happen - and they are often the result of another party’s negligent actions. If you’ve had an accident while out for a ride and have suffered an injury through no fault of your own, then you could be entitled to make a bike accident claim for compensation.

Our cycling accident solicitors are recognised by independent industry guides for personal injury work and, as passionate cyclists, they understand the effects an injury can have on your ability to cycle. That's why we go out of our way to secure you the cycling accident compensation you need to get back on your bike as quickly as possible 

To speak to a member of our team and find out if you could make a cycling accident claim, call us on 0345 872 6666. If you would prefer that we contact you, complete our online enquiry form and we will call you back at a time that’s convenient for you.

How JMW Can Help

Cyclists who make a claim with us not only benefit from an expert claims service provided by a firm with a strong national reputation in personal injury law, but also from dealing with a group of lawyers who are passionate about cycling. You can trust us to understand and empathise with your needs, while securing you the accident compensation you deserve in an efficient and professional manner. 

Read on to find out why a cycling solicitor will best represent your interests if you’ve had an accident whilst out on your bike.

1. We understand what a bike is worth

Non-specialist lawyers who are not interested in cycling will simply have no idea of the potential value of your bicycle. They are not likely to understand the amount of time and money that is often spent upgrading a bicycle with new or better components, or that the bicycle may have increased in value since it was purchased. 

Naturally, the at-fault driver’s insurer isn’t going to want to pay for these items and will do their best to minimise what they have to pay, so you need a lawyer who knows about bikes to ensure that you are properly reimbursed for the value of your damaged bicycle and accessories. You need a lawyer who knows their group sets from their chainrings!

2. We understand how expensive it is to travel when you or your bike is out of action

When it comes to claiming back travel costs on a personal injury case, a non-specialist lawyer will normally just consider receipts for the travel expenses incurred in order to reach appointments associated with the accident-related injuries. What they might not take into consideration are the everyday additional travel expenses incurred when a cyclist is without their bike or is too injured to ride. 

If you’ve gone from having a free commute on your bicycle to shelling out on petrol or bus/train tickets or taxis, we can make sure you get that money back as part of your claim.

3. We understand a cyclist’s perspective

Most people are motorists and lawyers are no different. In our experience, most people are not shy when it comes to complaining about cyclists. A lot of people harbour prejudice against cyclists because they aren’t familiar with the experience of cycling themselves. We understand the needs of cyclists and this is reflected in how we look after your claim. You won’t have to battle with the usual comments on cycle helmets or hi-vis clothing and the associated victim blaming. As cyclists themselves, our team are well able to address any concerns related to allegations that you might have been at fault for not wearing a helmet or hi-vis clothing.

4. We understand cyclists have different needs

We understand that different cyclists have different needs. For example, an experienced cyclist who participates in races, sports or triathlons could be injured while riding a bespoke carbon frame bike. If you’ve been injured while training for an event, we understand it is often a priority to get your bike repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

In contrast, cyclists who use their bikes solely for commuting or for leisure are likely to have their own unique set of needs. While you might not need your bicycle immediately following an incident for training purposes, it may be your only source of exercise or transport - and, unlike competitive cyclists, it may be your only bike.

We can help you by making sure that any cycling injury claim you make with us includes an allowance for the cost of the damage of the bike. This means that any compensation award will specifically take into account the cost of repairing your bike, or replacing it. If you’re a commuting cyclist, and your accident forces you off the road, we can also assist you in claiming back any money spent on additional transport costs and seeking an early interim payment to repair or replace your bike. 

6. We understand a cyclist’s view of the road

We know the challenges that cyclists face out on the roads because we encounter these ourselves when out riding. Given our specialism in cycling claims, we are also very familiar with the common excuses given by motorists following a collision. We have developed effective strategies to efficiently address any misguided attempts to avoid responsibility.

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Making a Cycling Accident Claim

How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Cycling Accident?

Claiming compensation for a bicycle accident will help you to pay for treatment to help recover from your injuries and replace or repair your bicycle. There are two types of damages that make up your final compensation award: general damages and special damages.

What General Damages Can Be Claimed Following a Bike Accident?

General damages deal with how much a specific injury is worth and a figure is arrived at via a combination of guidelines developed by judicial experts who have dealt with personal injury claims and previous case law.

The most common injuries caused by cycling accidents include:

  • Road rash or skin abrasions
  • Soft tissue injuries to the neck, shoulders and back
  • Fractured collarbone
  • Wrist injuries, ranging from soft tissue injuries to fractures
  • Fractured pelvis and coccyx
  • Fractures to the legs, ankles or feet
  • Concussion and/or head injury
  • Anxiety and other associated psychological injuries

Your solicitor will use the information you have provided about your injuries, and any independent medical reports that we have in relation to your case, to assess what general damages you may be entitled to. Under general damages, your cycle accident compensation amount will be impacted by the severity of your suffering. You can find out more about how much different injuries are worth by using our compensation calculator.

What are Special Damages in a Cycling Accident Compensation Claim?

Special damages deal with all financial losses you have suffered, or that you will suffer, as a result of your accident. For a cyclist, these can be wide-ranging, and can include:

  • Damage to your bicycle - your solicitor can include a claim for the cost of repair or replacement of your bike. This could be vital, particularly if you have invested a lot of money in your bike.
  • Damaged cycling kit and accessories - if you have damaged your cycling kit in an accident, your solicitor can seek to reclaim these costs for you.
  • Medical costs - your cycling claim can include provisions for any physiotherapy, surgical procedures and medicines you have paid for as a result of your accident.
  • Travel costs - if you have been forced to use an alternative form of transport because your bike was in need of repair, was a write-off, or because you had to pay to travel to medical appointments, these out-of-pocket expenses can be claimed back.
  • Lost earnings - if your cycling accident has forced you to take time off work and you have suffered a financial shortfall as a consequence, we can include this in your claim.
  • Care and assistance - after your accident, you may have had to rely on friends or relatives to help with grocery shopping or household chores, or to assist you with personal care. We can include how much time has been put into caring for you as part of your claim.
  • Hobbies - unfortunately, some individuals suffer injuries that prevent them from cycling or enjoying other hobbies. If your injuries prevent you from pursuing your interests, you can include this as part of your claim.

Special damages are different for every claim, and you may find there are more costs for which you can claim. Our advice is to retain receipts and other documentary evidence of purchases that you have had to make as a direct result of your accident, as this can assist in ensuring these costs are recovered.

It is impossible to state an average compensation amount for cycling accident claims due to the range of factors that have an impact. Speak to our accident claims and cycling injuries team today for more personalised advice.

Causes of Cycling Accidents

Cyclists have to share the road with many other vehicles, and even the most experienced rider is still, to an extent, reliant on other road users’ skills and awareness to remain safe. However, not all cycling accidents are caused by collision with vehicles. As solicitors and avid cyclists, we have seen many types of accident, but the most common causes include:

  • Drivers turning into the path of a cyclist
  • Drivers failing to see cyclists when turning or changing lanes
  • Drivers pulling out a road into a cyclist
  • Vehicle doors opening in front of an oncoming cyclist
  • Careless, reckless or speeding vehicles
  • Potholes and other road defects

If you have been injured while out and about on your bike, whatever the nature of your accident, our experienced solicitors are on hand to provide advice and guidance on how you can make a claim for the pain and suffering caused by somebody else’s negligence.

Bicycle Repair Assessment Form

When your bike is damaged in an accident, getting it assessed for repair or replacement will no doubt be a top priority. At JMW, we understand the importance of getting back on the road after a cycling accident and we want to help you get your bike repaired as quickly as possible.

In order to assist you, we have created a useful template for you to download and take along to your local bike technician.

Please download and print the form below and take it along to your bike repair shop, or email to your bicycle technician. They will be able to use this to help provide you with a written assessment report and their opinion on whether the bike can be repaired, or if it is a write-off.

FAQs about Cycling Accident Claims

Am I entitled to make a cycling accident claim?

Anyone injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence is entitled to make a claim as long as the accident happened within the last three years.

What evidence do I need to make a cycling accident claim?

There is certain evidence that you should keep or secure when pursuing a cycling accident claim, as it can help to strengthen your case, and will help us to get you the compensation you deserve.

For a damaged bicycle, you should provide:

  • Detailed information about what parts of your bike have been damaged
  • An estimate from a cycling shop on how much repairs will cost
  • Photographs of the damage to the bicycle

To help you assess your bike’s damage, we have created a Bicycle Repair Assessment Form, which you can take to a repair shop for an estimated cost.

If any cycling accessories, such as helmets and clothing, have also been damaged, you must provide cost estimates (including original receipts where possible) and photographic evidence of damage.

You should also try to keep the receipts for any other out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of the accident. 

Additionally, if we believe it will strengthen your claim, we will arrange for you to see an independent medical expert to provide a report on your injuries and prognosis, which can be used as evidence.

What should I do after a cycling accident?

If you have been involved in a cycling accident, once you have ensured you aren’t in immediate danger, you should seek medical attention - postponing treatment may worsen your injuries.

Once you are well enough, there are a number of steps you should take that can strengthen your claim. 

1. Get medical attention

No matter how minor your injury, ensure you have it looked over as it is often not immediately clear how badly injured you are. Be sure to take photographs of your injury at its worst, so that you can highlight how badly the incident affected you.

2. Move to safety and report the incident

If you are able to, move to a safe position and call the police and an ambulance if required. Once the police arrive, share your side of the story with them, including what happened, how it happened, when it happened and what the weather, road and traffic conditions were like. This will be documented in an official police report. 

Ask for the officer’s name and the case reference number for your own records.

If you were involved in a collision with a driver and they did not stop at the scene of the accident, you should still report the incident to the police as they may be able to use CCTV to track down the responsible party. Claims can also be made through the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) if the driver of the vehicle cannot be traced or is uninsured.

3. Collect the details of any witnesses

Ask any witnesses to the accident for their name and contact information. This  will be useful if statements need to be requested to support your claim. If you are too badly injured, ask for help from a bystander.

If the cycling accident was caused by a vehicle, obtain the driver’s details, including the registration number and specifics about the vehicle (colour, make and model). If the driver is not willing to discuss the matter with you, try to take a photo of their licence plate, so that an identification of the vehicle can be made.

4. Preserve any evidence

As soon as you are able to (ideally straight away if you’re not too badly injured), take photographs of the incident and any factors that may have contributed to your accident. For example, if a pothole or other road defect forced you off your bicycle, take a photograph that clearly shows the width and depth. 

If your bicycle, helmet or cycling gear were damaged in the accident, leave them in the same condition and do not dispose of them. The cost to repair or replace these items can be included in your compensation claim; however, we generally need to be able to provide evidence that you were making use of these items at the time of your accident.

You should also get a quote for the cost of repairing or replacing your bike from a reputable bike shop.

How long does it take to make a claim?

There is no set time for how long a claim will take. Generally speaking, case lengths are determined by the type of injury you have sustained, how your recovery progresses, and whether or not liability has been admitted by the person responsible for the accident. 

If liability is admitted, the claims process is usually a little more straightforward. Supporting evidence for your claim will be submitted to the defendant, enabling both parties to discuss, and ultimately reach an agreement on a compensation settlement for you.

If liability is not admitted, your solicitor will gather as much supporting evidence as possible to strengthen your case and negotiate the position with the defendant. As well as medical evidence and information you have provided about your financial losses, this may include:

  • Obtaining a police report
  • Collecting statements from witnesses of the incident
  • Considering images of the scene of the accident
  • Reviewing helmet or dashcam footage

Your solicitor will continue to negotiate with the defendant on your behalf, and will use all the available evidence to support your claim. They will try to encourage the defendant to change their position and admit liability, or settle the case even if some issues remain disputed.

Whether or not liability is admitted, it may be that court proceedings will have to be issued. Should this happen, your solicitor will advise you of what this means and what the next stages are.

If I don't live in Manchester, can I still make a claim with JMW?

JMW is based in Manchester, London and Liverpool, but we offer our services to cyclists throughout  the whole country. If you live outside of Manchester, you can still make a claim with our cycling accident claims Manchester team.

Unhappy With How A Solicitor Has Handled Your Claim? Switch to JMW Solicitors

If you have approached another solicitor regarding your bicycle accident claim and are dissatisfied with the legal advice you have been given, or the lack of communication about your case, we are happy to take on your claim and provide you with the high-quality service you deserve.

We have helped several clients who have experienced poor quality service and inadequate advice from other solicitors regarding a range of personal injury claims, including those for cycling accident compensation. Those who have switched their case to JMW have commented on our personable approach and our willingness to communicate on a regular basis. 

Our team is here to discuss your case and the options available to you. We can advise you on what to do next and will handle any necessary arrangements with your current solicitor.

Talk to Us

If you’ve been involved in a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault and want to claim compensation, speak to our personal injury compensation solicitors today for a free consultation and to discuss if we can offer you a no win, no fee agreement. Simply call us on  0345 872 6666 or fill in the online contact form and we will get back to you.

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