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How can Wosskow Brown Solicitors help you claim for compensation after a cycling accident?
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Our No Win No Fee agreement means you can pursue a personal injury claim, without having to worry about paying any upfront legal costs. Should your compensation claim be unsuccessful, our No Win No Fee agreement can provide you with the peace of mind that you won’t be charged, and left out of pocket. You shouldn’t be put off making a claim due to any financial risk, allowing you to rightfully seek the compensation you deserve after a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault.
Cycling Accident Compensation Claims
Cyclists are probably the most vulnerable people on the roads, with only minimal protection.
Drivers and other road users owe cyclists using public highways a duty of care. Courts expect drivers to be aware of the presence of cyclists during commutes, due to the likelihood of potentially serious injuries that could be caused as a result of being hit in a collision.
If you have been involved in an accident on a bike that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. You can also pursue a claim on behalf of your child if they have been injured whilst on their bike.
Our Personal Injury Team can provide a free initial assessment of your claim. We will talk about your cycling accident with you. We will help you understand what your chances of success are, and the types of compensation you could expect to receive.
What should I do following a cycling accident?
Obviously, if you have suffered serious injury and are in need of emergency assistance, always call 999. A call to the emergency services will be logged and can subsequently be used as evidence. In less serious circumstances you may want to call 111.
If you are able to, it would be useful to collect any evidence you can, as this can all be used to support a future claim. Some examples of this evidence might include photographs of the accident site, injuries and damages to your bike, and the details of anyone who witnessed the accident.
Following the incident, you should also document any trips to GP or A&E as a result of any injuries suffered. You should retain the proof of any prescription charges or medical fees.
How do I make a cycling accident claim?
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident as a cyclist then we are here to help you in making a claim for compensation. Our Personal Injury Team have lots of experience in cycling accidents and are more than willing to listen to your personal circumstances, to assess your claim.
Initiating a cycling accident compensation claim with us could not be easier. All you need to do is contact us and talk to a member of our claims team. An experienced claims expert will go through your cycling accident with you. We will provide honest advice on the predicted success of your claim and the next steps you should take.
If your claim is successful, then the compensation you’re entitled to can go some way in assisting you with medical expenses, any travel costs you have accrued, as well as replacing or repairing your bike.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much compensation can I claim after a cycling accident?
Probably one of the most common questions asked by clients when first enquiring about a personal injury they have suffered, is ‘how much compensation am I entitled to?’ Or ‘how much is my claim worth?’
It’s incredibly hard to say how much compensation you are entitled to following a cycling accident, as compensation is based on your pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Due to the different circumstances, this is based on it means no two claims are the same, and all are treated individually.
To get a better idea of this, it helps to know how a claim is calculated. Take a look at our "How much compensation can I claim?" guide to understand all the factors involved in calculating your compensation claim.
How long will my claim take?
Each case is different, and the amount of time your claim will take all depends on you and your recovery; therefore it isn’t possible to provide a definite timescale.
For a guideline, a straightforward cycling accident could take approximately 6-9 months but workplace accidents, and slips and trips can take longer.
It is important to wait until the full extent of your injuries has been made clear before making your final claim; otherwise, the amount of compensation you receive will not be comparative to the injuries you have suffered. Claims involving serious and complex injuries can sometimes take several years due to the complexity of issues and time required to assess the true value of the injuries.
The time frames are also dependant upon the Defendant admitting liability and not raising any other issues in respect of the claim. If liability is admitted promptly, and your injuries are not life-altering, it’s possible for your claim to be finalised within a few months. However, if the other party denies fault, the claim can take longer.
How long do I have to make my claim?
Generally, a person has 3 years from the date of their accident/injury to make a personal injury claim; or court proceedings must have begun within this time period.
There are some exceptions to this, which our Personal Injury team would be able to advise you on. For example, for a child, the time limit begins on their 18th birthday, and there is no limit for anyone who does not have mental capacity.
We would strongly advise contacting us as soon as possible after a cycling accident, allowing as much evidence to be persevered as possible, to help your case.
Can I claim for lost earnings?
Will I need to attend a medical appointment?
It is normal to have medical appointments, in order to gain a fair and reasonable insight into the extent of your injuries. By doing so, it can ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
I haven’t been to my GP or Hospital - Can I still claim?
Yes but given that you have not sought any medical attention your injuries may be seen as minor in nature.
Can I claim for damage to my bike after a cycling accident?
During an accident, many different items can be damaged, from clothes and phones to vehicles and bicycles. If this is the case, you are able to claim for the cost of replacement or repair. In the case of damage to your bike, claims may be covered by your insurance (if you have specific cycling insurance); however, the excess which is often payable can be recovered from your opponent.
Keeping Cyclists Safe
Cyclists are probably the most vulnerable people on the roads, with minimal protection, which you have more of in cars.
Since bikes are not very sturdy or secure, riders are at higher risk as they have a tendency to wobble, especially when there is stronger wind. Sidewind when being overtaken is also a risk for cyclists but one, which is difficult to avoid as cars are always going to be driving past.
As a car driver, here’s how you can help keep cyclists safe:
If you are a car driver, it would prevent potential incidents if you slow down when overtaking cyclists. Make sure you give them plenty of space to allow for unexpected movements.
Additionally, a tip for drivers to remember when overtaking a cyclist is to be careful when turning left soon after, as you may cut across them and cause them to crash into the side of your car.
Cyclists can be difficult to see, which brings the potential for dangerous accidents, especially at roundabouts and junctions. Always check for cyclists using your mirrors to prevent crashes and avoid any possible way that a cyclist may be put in a tricky situation because of how you position your car.
Stay safe cyclists!
Of course, cyclists can take personal measures to ensure you are safe on the roads. It is a good idea to wear a helmet whenever riding a bike, whether on the roads or not. Unfortunately, falling off a bike is not too difficult, so it is vital that you reduce the risk of serious head injury by wearing a helmet.
It is just as important that you wear bright clothing, and make sure it is reflective at night. The speed that cars and motorbikes travel is too quick for drivers to be able to react quickly enough to a cyclist coming across a junction at speed. Wearing reflective gear will help drivers see you much clearer, meaning they can slow down to prevent a crash.
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