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Cycling accident claims

We are serious injury solicitors who work together with our clients and their families to provide complete legal, financial, physical and emotional support.

If you’ve been involved in a cycling accident that was not your fault, our experienced serious injury solicitors can help make a cycling accident claim. We understand that cycling accidents can have devastating effects, sometimes leaving long-term injuries that can prevent you from working or going about your day-to-day life.

As cyclists are more vulnerable than other road users, injuries can often require extensive treatment, rehabilitation and ongoing support. Making a compensation claim can help to speed up the treatment process and can also lessen the financial burden and the strain on you and your family for any long term care needs.

We don’t just fight for the maximum amount of compensation you deserve, but also ensure that you get early access to treatment and both physical and emotional support.

Cycling has many benefits, both on our health and the environment, yet there is an element of danger involved when cycling along Britain’s roads.

Cyclists are significantly less visible on the road than vehicles and unfortunately, many road users do not always check for cyclists – which can often result in serious cycling accidents and injuries. It can also cause irreparable damage to cycling equipment that can be expensive to replace.

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Common causes of injuries to cyclists

Most cycling injuries occur after a road traffic collision. Whether it’s not paying enough attention, judging speeds and distances incorrectly or negligent and dangerous driving, all too often cyclists are knocked off their bikes. Some common circumstances include:

  • Turning in front of a cyclist: whether it’s directly in front of them from the opposite side of the road when turning right, or after overtaking them and then making a left turn.
  • Collisions at junctions: these happen most commonly when vehicles pull out in front of cyclists already established on the road.
  • Opening doors: both drivers and passengers regularly forget to check for cyclists when opening doors to exit a vehicle, causing cyclists to crash into them or swerve into other traffic.
  • Dangerous driving: driving on the wrong side of the road, taking corners too quickly and not paying attention when driving can all result in serious injuries to cyclists.

Injuries sustained by cyclists

Injuries to cyclists can vary depending on how they occurred, but some of the more common injuries include:

Head and brain injuries

From concussion to severe brain injuries, these types of injuries can be life-changing, and symptoms can be serious and long lasting.

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Spinal cord injuries

Injuries to your spinal cord can cause paralysis and require life-long care and support.

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Road rash and soft tissue injuries

Minor falls and skids on roads can cause road rash, whilst more serious accidents can cause soft tissue injuries and bruising. Both types of injuries should heal within a few weeks or months.

Broken bones and fractures

Common fractures sustained by cyclists include wrists, ankles, arms, legs, pelvis, ribs and your skull. These can cause longer term issues depending on the severity of the break and how it heals. They can also require surgery to put right.

The importance of rehabilitation, treatment and support after a cycling accident

Injuries after cycling accidents can be particularly serious, and often require more input than simply resting and waiting for them to heal. It is so important to get the early input you need to help you to make the best recovery and achieve your best outcomes.

Whether it’s accessing specialist treatment and rehabilitation or helping with other support such as adaptations to your home to help with independence, a cycling accident claim can help. At CFG Law, we believe a lack of funding should not get in the way of you receiving treatment and support when you need it. This why we also have an emergency fund to help plug any gaps n your support straight away.

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Carl's story

Carl sustained a head injury when he was involved in a road traffic collision when a car knocked him off his bike when he was cycling to work. Routine brain scanning at the hospital did not show any damage and Carl was diagnosed with a concussion and discharged home. After his accident, Carl continued to struggle with the extent of his brain injury, as it had not been fully recognised or properly diagnosed.

After seeing an advert on TV, Carl instructed a solicitor to deal with a personal injury claim on his behalf. However, this solicitor did not have the necessary experience to handle a cycling brain injury claim and did not understand the reality of what Carl was going through. Carl was left feeling frustrated and at this point still had no idea that he had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and that his symptoms were going to be long-term.

Upon transfer, we immediately issued the case in the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ), indicating what we believed was the true value and complexity of the case. This involved putting together the right team around the client to investigate and build Carl’s case to ensure the best possible outcome could be achieved.

To support Carl’s rehabilitation, we helped put together a care package, which included introducing personal assistants to his home to help with every day living and arranging input and rehabilitation from an occupational therapist, neuro physiotherapy, vestibular rehabilitation and neuropsychology.

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How do I know if I have a cycling accident claim?

For a cycling accident claim to be successful, someone else must be found liable and at fault for your injuries. For this to be established, they must firstly owe you a duty of care. A road user has a duty of care for all other users, so for the driver to be found liable, it must be shown that they caused the collision to occur, and that this is what caused your injuries.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make a claim if I am partially responsible? plus symbol minus symbol

Even if you were partly responsible for the accident, you may still be able to claim some compensation, but the amount you are able to claim may be reduced. This is usually calculated using percentages and the amount deducted can be described as contributory negligence.

What can I claim for if I have been knocked off my bike? plus symbol minus symbol

There are various aspects that you can claim compensation for, such as:

  • Injuries sustained as a result of the accident.
  • Bicycle repairs/replacements.
  • Damage to other cycling property e.g. helmets.
  • Loss of wages due to injury leaving you unable to work.
  • Additional travel costs such as taxi fares if you have had to use alternative transport as a result of your accident.
  • Care costs or time spent caring for you by relatives, friends or professionals.
  • Private medical treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Adaptations to your home or the cost of alternative accommodation.

It is important that you speak to our expert solicitors as soon as you can after your accident. This helps us to not only build the best possible case but also look to help with early treatment (both emotionally and physically) so you will have a better chance of recovering more quickly.

Claiming compensation after a hit and run plus symbol minus symbol

If you have been knocked off your bike in a hit and run accident, you may think that you cannot claim compensation, but this isn’t right. Although the process of making a claim is slightly different from other collisions, you can still claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

Follow this link to learn more about claiming compensation after a hit and run.

How much compensation will I get for being knocked off a bike? plus symbol minus symbol

There are lots of different elements that make up the total amount of compensation someone will receive after a cycling accident. These elements can include the severity of the injuries, how they’ve impacted your life, any past and future loss of earnings you have experienced as a result of your injuries, as well as support with care, adaptations and treatment. A specialist cycling solicitor will carefully calculate the amount of compensation you should receive and will negotiate on your behalf.

Do I need insurance to claim after a cycling accident? plus symbol minus symbol

No, if you have been knocked off your bike and it was someone else’s fault, you do not need your own insurance to be able to make a successful claim. This is because the claim will be against the person who knocked you off your bike, so any compensation will be paid by their insurance company.

Why choose CFG Law?

As well as the expertise you would expect when recovering compensation after a cycling accident, we also provide all round support for you and your family and help you to achieve your best outcomes.

We have an excellent track record in supporting people after serious cycling accidents. We will guide you through the process, ensuring you are kept updated and fully informed throughout, always acting in yours and your families’ best interests.

We pull together with you and your family to support you with expert legal advice, financial assistance including benefits advice and emergency funds, physical help with early intervention for treatment, rehabilitation and therapies, as well as emotional and physical support for the whole family.

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When you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, you want to do everything you can to make the journey as smooth as possible. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

At CFG Law, we take a different approach to serious injury claims. Our goal is to help you or your loved one get access to early treatment, comprehensive rehabilitation, and ongoing support. Our services go beyond expert legal advice to focus on your specific needs:

  • We work with medical professionals to get the best treatment for you
  • Our team will help you to access early and emergency funding
  • We also provide support for ongoing rehabilitation and care

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