Cycling and Bike Accident Claims

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents reported that over 18,000 cyclists were injured in reported road accidents in 2016, including 3,499 who were killed or seriously injured.

There are many different types of cycling and bike accident claims. Most accidents involve drivers of cars and larger vehicles failing to give cyclists room to manoeuvre safely. However, accidents involving failure of drivers to check their blind spots are also very common. These collisions can cause riders to sustain serious injuries and losses. Other types of accidents that can cause riders serious injuries include accidents related to poor highway maintenance, potholes, car doors being opened into the way of cyclists as well as collisions involving motorbikes.

If you have been involved in a cycling accident and have sustained an injury due to someone else’s negligence or reckless behaviour, you could have a claim for compensation. Our team has extensive experience in dealing with claims involving injured cyclists.

Call us today for a free telephone consultation with one of our specialists to get advice on you how we can assist you in securing compensation for your injuries. You can also read our answers to the most frequently asked questions for these claims below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CYCLING AND BIKE ACCIDENT CLAIMS

1. How do I know if I am eligible to make a cycling accident compensation claim?

If you are aged 18 or over have been injured in a cycling accident caused by the actions of another road user or poor road conditions or due to faulty equipment, you could be entitled to claim compensation. If your injury resulted from any other circumstances, you might still be eligible for compensation. Contact us today on 020 3876 7643 to find out how we can assist you in securing compensation for your injuries.

2. What can I claim for?

You can claim for pain, suffering and loss of amenity resulting from your injuries. If you require care and therapy due to the severity of your injuries, you can also claim for the costs associated with this.  You can also claim for any other financial losses incurred due to the accident (for e.g. loss of earnings, damages equipment, private therapy etc.).

3. How can I fund my claim?

If you do not have funding through a trade union membership or a legal expenses insurance policy, we can deal with your claim on a no-win no-fee basis through a conditional fee agreement.  ‘No win, no fee’ is a term used to describe an agreement between lawyer and client, whereby legal fees only become payable in certain circumstances. If your claim for personal-injury compensation is unsuccessful, you will not pay us anything. If, on the other hand, you win your case, you may have to pay us a percentage of your compensation. If you are not sure about how to fund your claim, contact us on 020 3876 7643 so that one of our team can advise you on your options.

4. How much compensation could I expect to receive?

Each accident is different and the amount of compensation you can expect to receive depends on several factors including the severity your pain and suffering, time needed for recovery, treatment costs and other relevant financial costs. We will advise you of the value of you claim as soon as this is possible.

5. How long will I have to wait for my compensation?

This is a difficult question to answer. If you have sustained minor injuries and the third party admits fault, your claim could be concluded within a few months. But usually the process is longer. How much longer will be contingent on several factors, including the complexity of the claim, the severity of your injuries and whether the third party admits fault or not.

But once your claim has been settled (i.e. the third party has accepted he or she was at fault and we have agreed the amount of compensation you should get), you should get your settlement cheque within 21 days.

6. Is there a time limit on making a claim for a cycling accident?

For most personal injury claims, there is three-year limit in which the claim must be started. The limit of three years commences from the date the injury was sustained or date of knowledge of injury. If you are unsure about whether the time limit for making your claim has passed, call us on 0203 876 7643 or email us at enquiries@mergullaw.co.uk.

7. Can I still make a cycling accident compensation claim if the at-fault driver is untraceable?

Yes, even if the at-fault driver is untraceable, you can still make a claim for compensation. Our team can help you apply for compensation to the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) under the Untraced Driver’s Agreement. We can also obtain the necessary information from the police and witnesses and gather any additional evidence for your claim.

8. Can I still make a cycling accident compensation claim if the at-fault drive is uninsured?

Yes, we can help you submit an application to the Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB) under the Uninsured Driver’s Agreement. We can also obtain the necessary information from the police and witnesses and gather any additional evidence for your claim. To find out more about how we can help you with your claim, call us on 020 3876 7643.