May 13, 2022

Cycling Accident Solicitors – What is a cycling accident claim?

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What is a cycling accident claim?

Gov.UK published a report in September 2021 on the number of reported pedal cyclist incidents in the United Kingdom in 2020 that resulted in injuries. They confirmed that 11,938 people were injured slightly, 4,215 were critically injured, and 141 people were killed.

You may be entitled to seek compensation if you were hurt in a cycling accident where someone else was partially or completely at fault. The following are some of the most prevalent causes of bike accidents for which compensation is sought:

  • Road traffic collisions, where a driver of a motor vehicle is at fault
  • Potholes and road defects, where the local council or highways agency is at fault
  • Car door collisions, where a driver has not checked their mirror before opening their car door
  • Animals, such as horses and cattle, causing collisions, where their owner is at fault

Cycling accident claims can sometimes be complex cases and it’s therefore extremely important if you decide to make a claim, that you instruct a specialist cycling accident solicitor to represent you.

How do you know if a cycling accident solicitor is a specialist?

  • Slater and Gordon’s cycling accident lawyers are specialists in what they do. They’re highly skilled in representing those who’ve suffered injuries as a result of cycling accidents, so have a huge amount of experience in this field.
  • In addition, we have a National Specialist Interest Group for Cyclists which consists of a number of lawyers and individuals from Slater and Gordon who are passionate about cycling, whether representing cyclists in compensation claims, fundraising for cycling charities, or lobbying and campaigning for cycling causes.
  • We’re highly ranked in independent legal guides such as Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 and have lawyers accredited by organisations such as the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
  • Given our experience in this field, we were chosen by the UK’s cycling charity, Cycling UK, to represent their members through the Cycling UK Incident Line and have been working with them for over 20 years. In addition, we were also proud sponsors of the Road Justice Campaign.
  • We’ve helped many people not only seek compensation, but also ensure that they get the treatment and rehabilitation needed to get them back on the saddle, such as Tracey Patmore.

How much does it cost to make a cycling accident compensation claim?

The cost of instructing a lawyer to represent you can sometimes be a concern, especially as it most often comes at a time when you’re unable to work due to your injuries, so already may be suffering from financial hardship.

However, Slater and Gordon offer No Win No Fee funding for cycling accident claims, so if you lose your case, you don’t need to pay anything, meaning there’s no financial risk to you.

Additionally, if you’re a Cycling UK member, you’ll have access to Slater and Gordon’s Cycling UK Incident Line which offers a number of benefits to Cycling UK members. This includes a guarantee that Slater and Gordon won’t charge you anything if you win your case, meaning that you’ll keep 100% of your compensation.

How long does a cycling accident compensation claim take?

It’s impossible to predict how long your bike accident compensation claim will take because it depends on a variety of factors, including the severity of your injuries, the length of any treatment or rehabilitation, and the time it will take to recover.

Furthermore, it is dependent on individuals who are at fault for the accident and whether or not they accept responsibility. However, as cycling accident experts, we’ll negotiate your claim for the greatest possible result and make sure it’s handled as swiftly and efficiently as possible. Read our bicycle claims guide for additional information on how to file a claim.

How much compensation can I claim for a cycling accident?

It’s impossible to say how much compensation you’re likely to get for a cycling accident claim as it depends on:

  • How serious your injuries are, for example, the pain and suffering you’ve had to endure and the effect it’s had on your everyday life
  • Your financial losses, for example, how much you’ve lost in wages if you’ve been unable to work for a certain period of time and what additional expenses you’ve had as a result
  • The pain, suffering and losses you’re likely to have in the future

What we can say at this stage is given our level of specialism in this field we’ll ensure that you get the absolute maximum amount of compensation you deserve. Given our vast experience, we know exactly what compensation you’ll need to maximise recovery and future independence.

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