Bike and cycling accident claims

Cycling is a popular way of commuting and keeping fit, but cyclists can be vulnerable. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, we could help you claim personal injury compensation.

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Making a cycling accident claim

Cycling has boomed in popularity over the last few years, particularly with huge success for British Olympic cyclists and a number of wins at the Tour de France, the world’s premier cycling competition.

However, cyclists remain one of the most vulnerable road users. In 2017, 18,954 accidents involving cyclists occurred on British roads (download). The government has also found that between 2011 and 2016, cyclists accounted for an average of two fatalities and 62 serious (pdf) injuries per week.

What should I do when I’ve been involved in a cycling accident?

When you’ve been injured in a cycling accident, you might not know what to do. These incidents can have significant consequences, leaving you seriously injured or your bike too damaged to ride.

At times like these, you need the right kind of specialist help to get the best outcome for you. The First4Lawyers team has a number of years’ experience in helping victims of bike accidents claim the compensation they are entitled to. We can help you do the same.

We will find you the right solicitor to present your cycling accident claim and ensure you the have the best chance of making things right. We could help make sure you get the right repair or replacement bike, getting you back on the road as soon as possible.

What types of cycling accident can I claim for?

If you’ve been the victim of a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault, we could help you make a claim for compensation.

You may have been involved in a road traffic accident, such as a collision with another vehicle or a hit and run accident. You may also have suffered a car door opening injury.

The majority of cycling accidents involve another vehicle. Common accidents include being hit at junctions or roundabouts, a vehicle turning across a cyclist’s path or emerging from a side road.

If you didn’t get the details of the person responsible for your accident, you may still be able to make a claim. The Motor Insurers’ Bureau has an agreement with the government to cover situations when a driver could not be traced.

Your accident may also have been caused by a poorly maintained road or cycle lane or a defect in your bike.

How can First4Lawyers help?

We understand the impact an accident can have. As well as your physical injuries, you may suffer from shock and a potential psychological knock to your confidence when you are suddenly injured while cycling.

Our expert solicitors are highly experienced in putting all the facts together to present the strongest case possible in order to obtain the maximum compensation for you. We will support you every step of the way and do all the hard work so you can concentrate on the most important thing – your recovery.

We also offer a No Win No Fee* service, so there is no risk or upfront cost when making a cycling accident claim.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

How much compensation will I receive for a cycle accident claim?

The amount of compensation you can claim depends on your injuries, how the accident and injury has affected you and the circumstances surrounding the cycling accident.

A relatively minor accident can result in compensation amounts of around £2,500, whereas a head injury is more likely to be awarded up to £11,000.

You could also be awarded compensation for damage sustained, including your bike, helmet, clothing and any electronic equipment.

In addition, if you have suffered a loss of earnings as a result of missing work after your cycling injury, we could help you claim compensation for that. You may also have had to pay for medical bills or other expenses as a result of your accident. We could help you recover those costs.

Insurance companies may not understand the true value of your bike, so our solicitors will fight to ensure you get the right level of compensation for any damage it sustains from your accident.

Our compensation calculator will give you an idea of the amounts you could be awarded. Alternatively, you can have a chat with our claims advisors, who will provide you with advice unique to your individual circumstances and injury.

Compensation Awards for Head Injuries

Injury Location Injury Type Compensation Award From Compensation Award To
Head Minor Brain or Head Injury £1,940 £11,200
Head Minor Brain Damage £13,430 £37,760
Head Moderate Brain Damage £37,760 £192,090
Head Severe Brain Damage £192,090 £354,260
Eyes Minor Eye Injury £3,460 £7,650
Eyes Loss of sight in one eye £43,200 £48,080
Eyes Loss of sight in one eye £43,200 £48,080
Nose Serious or multiple fractures £9,330 £20,280
Cheek Simple fracture of cheekbone £3,810 £5,660
Jaw Simple fracture of jaw £5,660 £7,650
Teeth Loss of one front tooth £1,930 £3,460


Compensation Awards for Neck & Body Injuries

Injury Location Injury Type Compensation Award From Compensation Award To
Neck Whiplash Up to £3,810
Neck Moderate neck injury £21,910 £33,750
Shoulder Minor shoulder injury £3,810 £6,920
Shoulder Dislocated shoulder £11,200 £16,830
Back Moderate back injury £10,970 £34,000
Back Severe back injury £34,000 £141,150
Arm Simple fractures of the forearm £5,810 £16,830
Arm Serious fractures £34,340 £114,810
Leg Severe leg injury £48,080 £119,210
Leg Severe fracture £15,750 £24,340

Compensation Awards for Arm & Leg Injuries

Injury Location Injury Type Compensation Award From Compensation Award To
Hand Minor hand injury £800 £3,810
Hand Fractures to fingers Up to £32,210
Hand Loss of thumb £31,140 £48,080
Wrist Minor wrist injury £3,090 £8,970
Wrist Moderate wrist injury £11,040 £21,480
Foot Moderate foot injury £12,050 £21,910
Ankle Moderate ankle injury £8,420 £23,310

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

Yes, in most cases, you will have a three-year window in which to make a cycling accident claim. This is why it's so important to start the claim process as soon as you can.

It is also a good idea to start the cycling accident claims process as soon as possible as the details of what happened will be clearer in your mind. It will also be a more straightforward process to present any necessary evidence when you start a claim as soon as you can. The event will be clearer in the minds of any witnesses you may need to call upon.

However, there is no time limit when you are presenting a cycling accident claim on behalf of someone who lacks the mental capacity to do so themselves.

You can also claim on behalf of a child at any time before their 18th birthday, after which date they then have three years to make a claim themselves.

How long will my cycling accident claim take?

The length of your compensation claim will depend on your specific circumstances.

There are a number of factors that will all have an impact on how long a cycling accident claim will take. These include proving who was responsible for the accident, as well as the severity of your injuries and what treatment you require.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

Get in touch with us as soon as possible. We’re happy to have an initial conversation and assess your claim for free. There is no obligation to proceed with a claim unless you’re comfortable doing so.

We will help you work out what the best course of action is and, if we feel you have a potential cycling accident claim, we will put you in touch with one of our expert solicitors.

Just give us a call, request a call back at the top of your screen or start your cycling accident claim here.

Meet the expert

Meet Jax
Jacqueline Batty

Jacqueline Batty

Head of Claims

Jacqueline is our head of claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

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