Bicycle Accident Claims
We have a specialist team who are dedicated to cycling accident claims. As specialists in this area, we even have a website dedicated to exactly this. We have taken on countless cases and won, even those that other firms have turned down.
You can call our expert team on freephone 0800 195 95 90 to discuss your accident and begin your claim for compensation. Our specialist solicitors have acted for cyclists involved in accidents both in the UK and abroad, and can guide you through the process from start to finish. As experts in this field, we will work with you to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Smith Jones Solicitors are ‘Lexcel’ accredited; a legal practice mark of quality put in place by the Law Society. This proves excellence in legal practice management and client care. In addition to this and a number of accreditations from leading industry bodies, Smith Jones Solicitors are proud to be corporate members of ‘Headway – the brain injury association’. Almost all of our cycle accident compensation claims are run on a no win, no fee basis. Also known as a ‘conditional fee agreement’, a ‘no win no fee’ agreement protects you from financial risk just in case your claim is unsuccessful.
As with most personal injury claims, you will need to start your cycling claim within 3 years of the accident in the case of an adult. Injury claims for children are slightly different in that they can be brought by a parent or guardian at any time up until the child’s 18th birthday. If a claim has not been made, a claimant injured before their 18th birthday can make a claim within 3 years from that date (up to the date of their 21st birthday).
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Cycle Accident Compensation – More Information
MAKING A CYCLING ACCIDENT CLAIM
You will receive an exceptional level of skill and expertise in pursuing your claim with our team. With over 28 years’ legal experience, we have a vast history of successful cases and a track record for maximising compensation for our clients.
Many clients ask us how much compensation they may be entitled to at the start of their claim. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to give an accurate estimate without first seeing the medical evidence. Our experts will arrange any medical reports that are required and will then be in a better position to advise you in relation to the level of damages you may receive.
In the meantime, you can use our handy claims calculator <link> to give you an idea of the compensation you could be entitled to. The calculator takes into consideration the injuries you have suffered and previous cases where a settlement has been awarded.
What can I claim for?
For the thousands of cyclists we have already represented, we have gone on to obtain compensation not only for the injuries they have suffered but also additional losses incurred as a direct result of the accident.
Additional losses associated with a cycle accident claim often include:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical bills
- Damage to your bike and kit
- Travel costs
- Physiotherapy and rehabilitation
- Psychological injuries as a result of the accident
HOW WILL YOU HANDLE MY CLAIM?
Free Initial Consultation
When you contact our friendly team, we will initially talk to you about your illness or injury. We will assess the merits of your claim to determine whether it is likely to be something we can help you with. Any advice given to you at this stage is free, confidential advice and you are under no obligation to make a claim after speaking to us. From here we will determine the best course of action for you.
Any conversation you have with our team is strictly confidential and any details you provide us with will remain private.
Contacting Those Responsible for Your Injuries
After you decide to pursue your claim through Smith Jones, we will contact those responsible for your accident or illness (most likely the insurers of the responsible party) to ask them if they are aware, and if they accept responsibility. Should they accept responsibility we will contact you to talk you through what happens next. We will then help you get the medical treatment and rehabilitation you require, as well as beginning negotiations regarding your compensation.
Gathering the Evidence
Our team will examine your case in great detail and will gather all the necessary evidence to support your claim, such as witness statements and professional opinions from independent medical professionals. This allows us to determine how the injury or illness impacted your life and indicates any care you may need to aid your recovery.
Final Settlement and Compensation Awarded
We always do our best to settle any claims before they go to court, ideally, this would involve the responsible party accepting responsibility for your illness or injuries and agreeing to pay compensation. If they do not accept responsibility then cases may go to court in order to establish liability. Even in circumstances where liability is not accepted your case may still settle before it goes to court.
The majority of personal injury cases are indeed settled before they reach court. If those responsible have accepted liability for your injury, our team will always try to reach an outcome that takes into account your pain, suffering and any expenses you have incurred during this time such as loss of earnings.
If we are unable to obtain suitable compensation, or if liability is not accepted, then we will commence court proceedings. Should it come to this, we will guide you through the process every step of the way to make sure you get the best possible outcome.
Taking Your Case to Court
Once we send the Court your claim, they will provide a timetable on how the matter will proceed. This will be explained to you by your specialist.
REHABILITATION AND SERIOUS INJURIES
In the case of serious cycling accidents, we understand the need for specialist medical care and additional support both financially and emotionally. Accidents can have a devastating impact on the lives of both you and your family. Our specialist team are here to support you in more than just your claim. If you or a loved one have been involved in a cycling accident that has caused severe injuries, we will be here to assist you in arranging the appropriate rehabilitation and care to aid your recovery.
In addition, we will always try to reduce the financial strain an accident can cause. Wherever possible, we will secure an interim payment at an early stage to ensure you are able to focus on your recovery, while we take care of your claim. Interim payments are deducted out of the final amount you are awarded.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN A BICYCLE ACCIDENT?
The following steps should be taken following an accident but your first priority should always be your safety. You may require urgent medical attention and this should be sought straight away.
- Try to remain calm
- Note down where the accident happened and take photographs of the location and what caused the accident
- Take details of any witnesses at the scene and the person that caused the accident including a vehicle registration number if the accident involved a vehicle
- Report the accident to the police
- Keep your bicycle and any damaged parts so that they can be examined if necessary
- Seek independent legal advice at your earliest opportunity – we operate a free accident advice helpline on 0800 195 95 90.
In the case of serious accidents, the police may be in attendance at the scene. We would recommend you note down the police incident reference number to enable us to gather details of the responsible party at a later date.
Limb injuries are common in cyclist accidents. Figures from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) show that 40% of cyclists involved in accidents suffer arm injuries and 25% injure their legs.
Recent cycling accident enquiries include:
- Cyclist seriously injured after professionally fitted chain snapped during ‘A’ road ride
- Cyclist struck by driver attempting to undertake a right hand turn as cyclist crosses traffic lights at a junction
- Cyclist injured after motorist opens car door in her path whilst travelling along a main road
- Two cyclists injured in time trial after slipping on loose chippings which had been left on the road after resurfacing work
CLAIMING BICYCLE ACCIDENT COMPENSATION
We represent cyclists in all types of compensation claims, from road traffic accidents to pothole accidents and component failure. Whatever the circumstances of your accident, if you were not the party at fault, we are here to help.
However unusual you think your case may be, our expert legal team will be happy to assist you wherever possible. We have an excellent track record of winning difficult cases and have the expertise and determination required to give you the best chance of success.
Head injuries, ranging from skull fractures and brain damage to minor concussion and cuts, are very common injuries for cyclists. Hospital data compiled by RoSPA shows that over 40% of cyclists, and 45% of child cyclists, suffer head injuries.
Reasons To Choose Smith Jones
If you decide to pursue a work accident claim, here are a few reasons to choose Smith Jones to represent you:
We operate on a ‘no-win no-fee’ basis, meaning that there is no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim for your accident or injury.
WE CARE ABOUT EVERY CLIENT
We get to know every one of our clients, understanding their unique needs and ensuring they are well represented and cared for.
WE ONLY DO INJURY LAW
We only handle personal injury and accident cases, meaning we have a vast depth of knowledge and experience when it comes to assessing if you have a claim.
OVER 29 YEARS EXPERIENCE
We have been fighting for our clients since 1988. We are authorised and regulated by the SRA and are accredited by APIL and The Law Society.
BICYCLE ACCIDENT EXPERTS
We have extensive experience dealing with and claiming for accidents and injuries that have happened on the Road. Speak to us today to start your claim.
AVERAGE CLAIM OVER £11,500
If your claim is successful then you will receive a cash sum after a decision or settlement has been reached – our average payout is over £11,500.
Common Bicycle Accident Claims:
ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
Cyclists that have fallen victim to another road user’s negligence can find themselves with extremely severe injuries. We understand that a cycling accident can be traumatic and have devastating consequences for the victim and their family. Unfortunately, accidents involving motorists and cyclists do happen.
Whilst each client’s claim is entirely different, there are a number of situations which present real danger to cyclists, increasing the risk of incident and injury, for example:
- Cycling accidents on a roundabout or at a junction: We have represented many cyclists that have suffered serious injuries as a result of drivers emerging from side roads into the path of a cyclist.
- Cycle lane accident claims: Parked cars or other obstructions in cycle lanes, car doors being opened into the path of a cyclist and other road users travelling within the lane can all result in a cyclist being endangered.
It is not something we like to think about but sadly it does happen and we are here to help.
If you have been affected by the death of someone close to you in a cycling accident and are making a claim on their behalf, we are here to provide you with support and assistance wherever possible. We will work alongside you to ensure you have all the information you need to pursue a claim and will assist you wherever possible in attaining financial support to enable you to make any necessary arrangements.
We understand that a fatal accident claim is not just about the financial compensation and that the loss of a loved one can impact every aspect of your own life. Our team will always listen to your needs and take as much of the burden as possible.
CYCLING ACCIDENTS ABROAD
With the huge uptake in cycling in recent years, we have seen the number of British operators offering EU cyclist training camps increase. Cyclists and operators often refer to training camps as cycling holidays, as cyclists travel to warmer climes with their bikes. They generally take place just before the start of the competitive season and motivate cyclists to get out training throughout the winter months.
Unfortunately, on intensive road trips, accidents can happen. We have represented a number of cyclists that have been injured in road accidents while attending an EU training camp.
Because of varying legislation depending on where your accident occurred and who was to blame for it, we recommend you call our team on freephone 0800 195 9590 for specialist advice based on the individual details of your accident.
CYCLING ACCIDENTS INVOLVING E-BIKES
An electric bike (E-Bike) is a bicycle with an inbuilt motor. It has a maximum output of 250 watts to assist with pedalling and can reach speeds of up to 25km per hour as a limit. These limitations were imposed due to growing concerns that these bikes were being modified to achieve faster speeds. Anything that exceeds these limitations is regarded as a moped and needs to be insured as one.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a modified e-bike, then we may be able to represent you in a personal injury claim.
As this area is complex, we suggest that you speak to our expert team on freephone 0800 195 9590 to enable us to consider the full details surrounding the accident.
CYCLING ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY COMPONENT FAILURE
Faulty bicycle parts are a common cause of cycling accidents. These are most likely caused by faulty parts from the manufacturer, a sudden failure can cause significant injury to an unsuspecting cyclist.
A much less common cause of this type of accident is an incorrectly fitted or inadequately fixed component by a bicycle mechanic or cycle store, though these accidents do occur.
If you have been involved in a cycling accident which you believe was caused by faulty bike parts, let us know. Our specialist team may be able to help you claim compensation for your injuries and any additional losses you have incurred as a result of the accident (including damaged bike or kit).
We have many years of experience successfully representing cyclists who have been involved in cycling accidents caused by component failure and find the most common parts to fail include:
- Cranks and Forks
- Tube / Stem
Bikes are made up of many parts that must interact together. The sudden failure of one part can have a massive impact on the safety of the bike and could quite easily lead to a crash.
The failure of certain parts may cause you to become unsteady and lose control of the bike, whereas other parts may lead to a full dismount. Depending on the amount of traffic on the road you are travelling on, you could find yourself the victim of serious injuries following catastrophic component failure if you are thrown from your bicycle. We have helped many cyclists recover compensation. Many were unfortunate enough to suffer head, face, dental and upper body injuries as a result of a dismount.
We would always recommend that you keep the faulty part in your possession as this will play a vital part in proving your claim. If you are asked to return the part to the supplier or manufacturer, we suggest you seek advice from our expert team beforehand. You can call us on freephone 0800 195 95 90 and our friendly team will be happy to advise you.
Potholes can cause problems to all kinds of road users and appear on a large number of UK roads. For cyclists in particular, they can be incredibly dangerous.
The responsibility of the repair of potholes lie with the local Highways Authority, this will usually be a county, city or borough council.
Pothole claims can be difficult, especially if the defect has been repaired before you gather photographs and dimensions of the pothole that caused your accident. We recommend you take photographs which clearly identify the depth, width and length of the pothole, its exact location, and the direction of travel. It is also helpful to retain details of any witnesses to your accident to support your claim.
Cases relating to defective highway surfaces are all different and the injuries sustained vary greatly. If the pothole/defect caused you to be thrown from your bike you may have been involved in a collision with another road user and could have suffered critical injuries.
Our team have many years of experience representing cyclists in all types of claim and will be available to assist you however severe your injuries may be. Our advice is tailored to each individual client so we do recommend you speak to us regarding the individual circumstances of your cycling accident. You can call us on freephone 0800 195 95 90 and our friendly team will be happy to advise you.
CYCLING ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CHILDREN
Our specialist team can guide you through making a claim for compensation if your child has been involved in a cycle accident that was not their fault.
Our advice is based on more than 28 years of legal experience and we can help you with every aspect of your child’s claim, including providing access to medical assistance and physiotherapy.
Making a claim for compensation on behalf of your child isn’t much different from making a claim for an injury you have suffered yourself. You will be required to act on your child’s behalf if they are under the age of 18 and the settlement monies that are awarded will be invested by the court funds office until your child has their 18th Birthday. This is to protect the child’s best interests.
COMPETITIVE CYCLING ACCIDENTS
We understand that sustaining an injury through no fault of your own could undo a lot of hard work and training. In the most severe cases, this can mean a devastating end to a career and unfortunately, sometimes even have implications in everyday life.
Here at Smith Jones, we have successfully represented many competitive cyclists. We have the specialist knowledge required to succeed in ensuring you are properly compensated for your injuries and losses.
If you have suffered any injuries as a result of a competitive cycling accident, we are here to ease the process of recovery. When assisting you with a claim, we will ensure that you are provided with the most effective rehabilitation, medical assistance and physiotherapy.
If you are a competitive cyclist who has been involved in a cycling accident, our specialist team are here to help. You can call our expert team for free on 0800 195 95 90 to receive advice and assistance to begin your claim. Alternatively, submit an enquiry online and a member of our team will call you back.