The popularity of cycling as a mode of transport has grown exponentially in the last few years, with over 25 million people in the UK owning a bicycle, according to Cycling UK. However, due to the ever increasing number of cyclists on the road, there are now more people at risk of serious injury from other vehicles.
Thousands of people are injured each year whilst on their bikes in the UK, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. However, these are just the incidents reported to the police, so it likely that even more people have suffered a cycling accident.
Accidents and injuries sustained while cycling can often be caused by other road users. The majority of cycling accidents are the result of a collision with a motor vehicle. However, this is not the only way you could sustain an injury while cycling, with other causes including:
- Losing control of the bicycle as a result of poor cycling lanes and road/trail design
- Defective road surfaces such as potholes, debris and spillages
- Faulty repairs carried out by a cycle shop
- Defective frames and components
- Motorist emerging into path of cyclist
- Motorist turning in the path of cyclist
If you have had a cycling accident in the last three years that was the fault of another person or organisation, which resulted in you suffering an injury, you could have a potential claim for compensation.
In many cycling accident cases, witnesses are present. It is a good idea to gather statements from these witnesses as soon as possible so the event is clear in their minds. It will add to the evidence you may need to present in order to make a claim.
You may not be sure if you have sufficient grounds for pursuing a claim, but a conversation with one of our experts will help you clarify whether you have a strong case.
The amount of compensation you can claim for will depend on the kind of injury you sustained, as well as its severity. Other factors that will affect how much you can claim for include how long the recovery period was, whether you will suffer any long-term effects and how much medical treatment was required.
- We have previously helped many cycling accident victims, and their levels of success could be an indication of what you can expect to claim for.
- We helped a cyclist who suffered soft tissue damage to her right wrist and bruising after a car door opened into her path obtain £5,000 in compensation.
- We also helped a cyclist who was hit by a car after it made a right turn in her path, causing soft tissue injuries to her neck, back, shoulder, legs and wrists. Our team helped her obtain £3,800.
- Check out our Compensation Calculator to see how much your claim may be worth.
Try our Compensation Calculator to see what your claim may be worth after a successful personal injury claim.
When you’re looking to make a claim following a cycling accident, it is typically best to start the process as soon as possible. This way, you’ll be able to remember all the details of the incident, which could help to strengthen your case.
When you’re looking for a solicitor to help you, we know you have a lot of choice. However, you’ll certainly be searching for a firm with the experience to take your claim forward, which we have in abundance. Our team of experts have secured hugely significant compensation sums for victims of accidents at work, so we’re confident in our ability to help you too.
We pride ourselves on the way we treat you as real person, rather than just another case. With us, you’ll receive a personalised and tailored service, unique to you as an individual. You’ll be assigned a case handler, who will help you to understand the entire process. We want you to feel as relaxed as possible throughout the process, which is why we ensure that one person manages the case from the very beginning.
Here at Hayward Baker, we understand the importance of communication, so you can be confident in the knowledge you won’t have to chase us for information. We’ll be in contact at every critical stage, making sure you’re fully updated about every element of your case as we know how important it is to you.