Cycling Accidents Abroad
From road cycling trips and training holidays, your travels can take you countries with a range of climates and other environmental challenges. These are some of the reasons many cyclists travel on international - the US, Thailand and India are increasingly common destinations.
There is always the risk of falling off your bike wherever you cycle, but there are situations where someone suffers an injury through no fault of their own while cycling. In these cases, like with cycling accidents in the UK, you may be able to make a bicycle accident injury claim.
If you have sustained an injury in a cycling accident abroad and it was caused by somebody else’s negligence, our expert solicitors can help you to make a claim internationally. We have helped many travellers who have sustained injuries while cycling in another country to claim by providing comprehensive and easy-to-understand advice and guidance. All of our personal injury claims are no win, no fee, meaning you are at minimal financial risk when you choose to claim with us.
How JMW Can Help
We have expertise in both international accidents and cycling accidents. Our specialist cycling injury solicitors will work in collaboration with our accidents abroad team to take a “best fit” approach when it comes to securing compensation to help you get back on your bike as quickly as possible. If required, we can use our links with lawyers around the world to strengthen your claim with specialist technical legal advice from the country where your accident occurred.
Our team will provide you with the expertise required to make a successful claim for a cycling accident abroad, and have helped many people to claim for bicycle accidents in Amsterdam, Barcelona, and across popular cycling destinations in Italy, France and the USA.
If your accident resulted in damage to your bicycle, we can make sure that any bike accident claim you make includes an allowance for the cost of your damaged bike and gear. We approach compensation claims to take into account the cost of your bike’s repair or its replacement, so that you don’t need to be concerned about additional outlay on a new bike or parts for something that was not your fault.
What Our Clients Say
Medical Treatment for International Cycling Accidents
If you are travelling abroad to cycle, we would advise that you ensure you take out travel insurance with sufficient cover to meet the cost of medically necessary treatment.
Regardless of where you travel, if the cost of your treatment is not covered by insurance, your medical bills may be costly. This can be even higher for cases involving traffic accidents, due to the fact they are often more serious and are one of the most common ways that cycling fatalities occur. Making a claim for a cycling accident abroad may be able to cover these treatment costs.
Making a Claim for a Cycling Accident Abroad
Common types of cycling accident claims we have handled abroad include:
- Claims against drivers following a road traffic accident abroad
- Claims against other cyclists whose negligence has caused an accident
- Claims against rental companies if an accident involves faulty rental equipment
If you’ve been injured while on a cycling tour abroad, you may be able to claim under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. These regulations enable travellers on a package tour to make a claim against the tour operator, who is responsible for the services it has provided and the suppliers.
It is often possible to make your cycling accident compensation claim under English and Welsh law. We will discuss the specific circumstances of your accident and advise you on how we are best able to pursue your claim and what the issues may be.
What Will the Value of My Bike Accident Claim Be?
The amount you will be able to claim will depend on the accident circumstances. When you speak to us, we will assess your situation and offer an estimate of how much compensation you may be able to claim.
Compensation for injuries is split into two categories:
- General damages cover the pain and suffering you have experienced due to your injuries. This compensation amount is typically higher for more serious injuries, such as head and spine injuries.
- Special damages cover the financial expenses you have incurred due to your injuries. These may include medical expenses, lost income or other support costs.
FAQs About Cycling Accidents Abroad
How much compensation can I claim?
In some cases, English law applies to the level of damages; however, depending on the circumstances of your accident, it may be the international law that determines how much compensation you will receive. We will advise and guide you.
Can I make a claim for someone who has died in a cycling accident abroad?
Nearly all of the same points apply to claiming on behalf of someone as to claiming for yourself, but you will instead be claiming for the effect that their death has had on you. In most cases, this is relatively straightforward, and the compensation amounts for cyclist fatalities are more likely to be high. To learn more, contact our solicitors today.
Is there a time limit to making a claim after a cycling accident abroad?
The standard time limit to make a claim in England and Wales is three years from the date of the accident. However, different countries have different time limits so it is important for you to make a claim as soon as possible after your accident. For example, in France, you have 10 years to make a claim, while in Spain, there is a one-year time limit.
You should seek expert legal advice as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss a relevant deadline and the chance to claim compensation that is rightfully yours.
Do I need to instruct a foreign solicitor to make a cycling accident abroad claim?
The solicitor you instruct to handle your cycling accident abroad claim will depend on a range of factors, including which country you were injured in, how your trip was arranged and how the injury occurred.
That’s why it is important to discuss your options with a solicitor as soon as possible as prompt action will allow your solicitor to help gather evidence and conduct any necessary legal work at an early stage to give you the best chance of success.