The popularity of cycling as a mode of transport has grown exponentially in the last few years, with 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.
Types of cycling accident injuries
In 2016, more than 18,400 people were injured while 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 in 2016 were 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
Can you make a claim for a cycling accident?
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.
How much compensation can you claim for a cycling accident?
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.
When to start the claims process?
It’s always best to begin the process of making a cycling accident claim soon after the incident. This allows you to present your case when the details are still clear in your mind, which will strengthen it.
However, if you were the victim of a cycling accident up to three years ago, you could still be able to claim. We know that these accidents affect people’s lives for years after the event, so there is still the possibility of claiming if it happened in this period.
Why choose Hayward Baker?
When the worst happens and you suffer an accident on your bike, you might not know where to turn. This is why it’s important to choose a solicitor firm that has the experience and ability to help you. We know you’ll certainly be searching for a firm with the experience to take your claim forward, which is something we have a great deal of. With our proven success in securing compensation for victims of cycling accidents, we are confident in our ability to help you.
At Hayward Baker, we are especially proud of the way we treat you as a real person, rather than as just another case. Our team of experts will ensure you receive a service tailored to you as an individual. Your case handler will help you understand the entire process and, as we want you to feel as little stress as possible throughout the process, we will ensure that one person manages your case from the start.
Communication is one of the most important elements of processing a cycling accident claim, so we understand the value of providing you with information, rather than you chasing us for it. We’ll make sure you’re fully updated about every element of your case, at each important stage, as we know how important it is to you.