Cycling Accident Claims

Have you had a cycling accident recently?

knocked off bike by car

If you have been injured in a cycling accident, we can help with claiming compensation and arranging private medical treatment.

More and more people are using a bike to commute to and from work, and the amounts of cyclists on the roads in general are on the rise.  If you use a bicycle and a negligent driver knocks you off your bike, how do you make a claim for personal injury compensation?

Since 2004 we have helped thousands of people either by answering simple questions for them immediately after an accident, or by helping them to make a claim for cycling accident compensation.

We find that often people have the same questions or concerns, so we've combined the most common answers we give in one place.

What Steps Do I Need To Take?

What steps do I need to take if I think I might want to make a claim?

1. Get a good lawyer:

Do your research. You need a lawyer who specialises in personal injury law, and if possible they should regularly deal with cycling accident claims. This is because they will be able to navigate the legal terrain with the most expertise and this will give you the best chance of being successful in your claim for compensation.  You also need a lawyer who comes with good recommendations. This is because recommendations speak volumes for their efficiency and how easy it is to work with them. Instruct a solicitor as soon as possible once you have decided you are going to claim.

2. Keep all evidence:

You should keep and collect as much evidence as possible, from the time of the crash and throughout the claim process. Your lawyer will use this evidence to strengthen the case for your claim in court.

a) At the scene: If you are able to, at the scene of the collision you should take photographs of what happened. You should also take the number plate, make and model of the vehicle that collided with you, the name and contact details for the driver and their insurance details. If there are any witnesses to the crash present you should also ask them for their contact details as they will be able to explain what happened as an independent third party.

b) Your bike: You need to keep your bike, your helmet and the clothes that you were wearing. You need to ensure that you do not get your bike fixed as this may effect your claim - keep everything in the state that it was in immediately following you being knocked off your bike as this will provide evidence of how the accident happened and the damage that it caused you and your possessions.

c) Your injuries: Go to the doctor for a diagnosis as soon as you can after you have been knocked off your bike, this will show how the injuries you are suffering have directly been caused by the accident you had. A medical record will show a link in time between the accident and your symptoms.

After this, keep a record of both your physical and psychological injuries and their progression. You may find that a combination of photographs and a written diary will be easiest to do this in an accurate and detailed way. For example, it may help you to write down times that you have trouble sleeping due to the accident. Your lawyer will be able to use this record to ensure that an accurate amount of financial compensation is rewarded to you that is in line with the extent of the injuries you sustained when you were knocked off your bike.

3. Three-year deadline:

You have 3 years within which to make a claim for personal injury compensation for the injuries you sustained when you were knocked off your bike. If you do not begin the claims process within this time you will not be able to make a claim at all. This deadline is 3-years from the date the cycling accident occurred.

Although you have 3 years within which to make a claim, it is always better to begin your claim for personal injury compensation sooner rather than later. Claiming immediately following the incident will give you a better chance of being successful in court. This is because firstly, you will have a better memory of being knocked off your bike and the events that led to it happening, secondly, your injuries will be at their most prominent still and thirdly, it will be easier for your lawyer to illustrate a link between the accident and your claim.

How Will We Help You?

We will not only work with you to claim the right amount of compensation for your cycling accident injuries, but we will also arrange private medical treatment for you at no extra cost, arrange for repairs or replacement of your bike, and ensure that the process is as smooth and stress free as possible for you. We understand that you have suffered enough already, so we will do all that we can now to help you.

Our Service For You

  • We hand select only the best cycling accident claims solicitors to help you.
  • All initial enquiries are completely free of charge
  • You may be able to make a claim under a No Win No Fee Agreement (NOTE: If your case is successful your Solicitor will deduct up to a maximum of 25% of your final settlement or compensation award as payment for their fees. You can find out more about No Win No Fee arrangements and the potential costs that can be incurred by clicking here.)

What Injuries Can I Claim For?

We have been helping people to recover from cycling accident injuries since 2004, and sadly in that time have seen every conceivable injury caused by collisions with car doors opening, or vehicles pulling out of side roads and more frequently now people being thrown off their bikes due to pot holes in the roads. Common injuries include:

  • Fractures
  • Head Injury
  • Neck Injuries
  • Whiplash Type Soft Tissue Injuries

The type of injury matters less than the circumstances surrounding the original accident, however.

The main factors to account for in any cycling accident claims case are:

  • Were you hit by another vehicle?
  • Did the driver stop to give their details?
  • Did the accident come about as a result of a defect in the road, for example potholes?

In any of the above instances, one of the most important factors in bringing about a successful cycling accident claim is to report the accident to the police as quickly as possible. Once registered this acknowledgement of an occurrence can always be referred back to in court.

This is especially true of hit and run cases where there are strict limits on the time in which these accidents must be reported. It is best to visit your local station within 48 hours of any mishap in order to cover yourself for all eventualities.

You should also visit your doctor as soon as possible if you do not have to visit the hospital as a result of your injuries. Once again this official logging of the accident and injuries sustained will stand you in better stead in court for a successful cycling accident claim.

In the event of an accident being caused by a road defect, it is advisable to take as many photographs of the site of the accident as quickly as possible. This is because once a compliant has been made your local council will go about fixing the problem as soon as possible to prevent any further mishaps. Scale and date the accident by including a newspaper from the day in the photograph.

Your local council are responsible for making regular checks of the roads and it can be hard to prove that these checks weren’t made if you don’t have supporting evidence to demonstrate the fault. It is also important to remember that if you were hit by a driver of a vehicle who did not stop to give their details, you will still be able to recover compensation through a cycling accident claim, by getting in touch with the Motor Insurers Bureau. The Motors Insurers Bureau have a fund for compensation for victims of hit and run, and a resource to compensate for accidents caused by uninsured drivers.

How Do You Go About Making A Claim?

You do not need to know how to make a claim for compensation for your cycling injury. Our specialist cycling accident claim solicitors will take care of everything for you, from completing the initial and often dull insurance claim forms, right through to sending you your compensation cheque. All you need to do is to pick up the phone and call us free on 0800 2888 693 and from that moment onwards we will take care of everything for you. It really is that simple!

Will It Cost Me A Lot Of Money?

With some companies you might have to pay an administration fee and some other expenses, such as for medical evidence, from your compensation. That is not the case with us! 1stClaims provide you with a free service so that you can be connected to a solicitor without charge, so you really have nothing to lose if you ask 1stClaims to help you.

Will Claiming Take Long Or Be Too Stressful?

Thankfully the legal claims process has been hugely improved and is much faster than it used to be. 1stClaims solicitors make use of all of the latest technology to ensure that your claim can be settled as quickly as possible, many claims settling within only a few weeks or at the most a few months.

There is little or no stress on your part because your 1stClaims solicitor will take care of all of the form filling and paperwork for you, leaving you to concentrate on making a quick and as full a recovery as possible.

I Only Have A Minor Injury, Is It Worth Making A Claim?

Whilst it might appear that your injury is not too painful at this time, we know from bitter experience that often an apparently minor injury can deteriorate into something more serious without the right early care and attention. By contacting 1stClaims you will be fully assessed and receive any private medical treatment necessary to help you make a full recovery. Please do not leave it to chance but let us help you get better quickly.

Let Us Help You

If you have been knocked off your bike and want to find out if you are entitled to claim then give us a call and let us discuss your accident. The number to call is on 0800 2888 693or fill out a free enquiry form.

We are here to help you from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday,
8.30am to 6pm on Saturday and 9am to 6pm on Sundays.

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