Bike Accident Claims

Bike accident claim

How To Make Successful Bike Accident Claims

Even highly experienced cyclists can suffer accidents on the road. If your accident wasn’t your fault, the law makes it possible to get compensation for your injuries via what are colloquially called bike accident claims.

This is because cyclists have the same right to be safe as any other road user. And even a fairly mild bicycle accident can be a serious shock. The very worst can be highly traumatic.

Having helped deserving claimants achieve millions of pounds in compensation, at Grieves Solicitors we know that it can take some time and support to recover after a cycling accident.

Reach out to our specialist accident claim solicitors today FREE on 0800 0747 644 or complete a Free Online Enquiry and let us explain your rights and options.

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Here is everything you need to know about making a bike accident claim and how to get the support you need to do that too:

Can I Make A Bike Accident Claim?

You may be able to make a claim if you have suffered an accident while riding a bicycle and that accident was not your fault.

This covers a whole range of different types of incidents that can happen to cyclists on the road, including accidents caused by:

  • Negligent or dangerous driving by other road users
  • Road surfaces that are in poor condition (potholes, for example)
  • Malfunctioning traffic lights or missing road signs or indications
  • Pedestrians (for example, people walking out into the street without looking)
  • A defective bicycle or other equipment (such as a helmet that did not work as intended)

This list is by no means exclusive, but it gives you some idea of the scope of potential accident causes out there. Just because your incident isn’t listed here, it does not mean you definitely won’t be able to claim.

No matter the cause of your bike accident, it is almost certainly worth getting in touch with a specialist solicitor who can advise you whether you might be able to claim compensation.

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Who Is Responsible For Paying My Bike Accident Claim?

This depends on who is responsible for the incident in question:

  • Another road user – most likely, the driver’s insurance company.
  • Poor road surfaces or traffic systems – claims are usually made against your local council or the body responsible for the roads in your part of the UK. For example, Highways England for England or Transport Scotland for Scotland.
  • Faulty equipment – the manufacturer or supplier.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Cycling Accident?

There is no one fixed amount for how much compensation you can claim for a bike accident. The amount that will be awarded will be governed by a range of factors, including:

  • How severe your injury was and what your potential for recovery is
  • The type of injury you suffered (whether you sprained your wrist or hit your head, for instance)
  • The level of impact this has had on your life

As a very broad range of figures, anywhere from around £800 to around £354 000 is possible depending on the nature and severity of your injuries.

An example of the kind of injury that would result in possible compensation of several hundred pounds would be a soft tissue injury to your hand from which you will recover fully in six months.

At the other end of your scale, you may be awarded several hundred thousand pounds in compensation if you suffered a serious or severe head injury with life-changing effects.

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How To Make Bike Accident Claims

There are certain things you will need to do in order to make a bike accident claim. These are:

  1. Get medical attention – for any injuries you have suffered as a matter of priority.
  2. Report the incident to the police – even if it feels like a minor accident. This is important because it creates an official record of the incident.
  3. Collect some evidence – if you can, try to take photos of any vehicles involved and the location. Ask any witnesses for their contact details and take the insurance details of any other party involved.
  4. Discuss your story with a legal expert – this can usually be done cost and obligation-free. It is the best way to ensure you are proceeding in the safest and most effective way.

Do you need advice on bike accident claims? Talk it over today without committing yourself.

Grieves Solicitors has 76 years of combined experience in the niche field of personal injury law. We provide simple, straightforward advice about your claim. We’ve already won millions in compensation for deserving clients.

Contact us on 0800 0747 644 or complete a Free Online Enquiry form to have us contact you as soon as we can.

Here at Grieves Solicitors, Personal Injury Specialists, we offer a no win, no fee solution to funding your claim (a conditional fee agreement) which means that you do not have to worry about legal costs and expenses.  You can read about our no win, no fee agreement here.

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