Cycling Accident Claims

If you have been injured in a cycling accident that was not your fault, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Being injured in a cycling accident can have a devastating impact on both you and your family. Not only will you be dealing with the effects of your physical injuries, but there are a number of other consequences such as having to pay for medical treatment or being unable to work. These issues may be short lived, or they could stay with you for the rest of your life.

If your cycling accident was wholly or partly someone else’s fault, then you may be able to claim compensation. This will help to fund your recovery and ongoing medical treatment, as well as helping to replace any lost income from your inability to work.

Get expert help to make a bike accident claim

WSP Solicitors’ expert Personal Injury Claims team are highly experienced in pursuing cycling accident claims for a wide range of clients. We can help you find out if you may be owed compensation, then take decisive action to get you the money you are owed.

Your claim will be run by one of our qualified personal injury lawyers, Demelza PallantLisa Walton or John Davies. They each have over 10 years’ experience in the industry, so you are guaranteed to get someone working for you who is qualified and able to provide you with the very best legal advice.

We have a strong track record of success, regularly securing substantial cycling accident compensation for our clients. With accreditation from APIL – The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, you can be assured we have the expertise to handle your claim effectively.

Take advantage of our no win no fee cycling accident claim funding

We offer no win, no fee funding for cycling accident claims, so there is no upfront cost or financial risk to you when pursuing a claim with WSP Solicitors.

Find out more about funding your personal injury claim.

Have a free initial consultation with our cycling accident solicitors

We know that the thought of taking legal action can be intimidating and confusing, especially when dealing with the consequences of an injury. That’s why we offer a free initial consultation with our team, so you can ask any questions you have and find out if you may be able to claim before deciding whether to take action.

Request a free initial consultation with our cycling accident lawyers using our simple enquiry form.

Looking for a quick answer to a cycling accident question?

Take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs or feel free to ask us what you want to know and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Confused by any terminology you’ve heard? Check out our guide to personal injury claims jargon for clear explanations of all the key terms.

Book your free consultation with our expert cycling accident solicitors

To book your free initial consultation with our bicycle accident claims team, please contact your local WSP Solicitors office in Gloucester, Stroud or Dursley, or use our simple enquiry form and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Types of cycling accident claims we can assist with

Our expert cycling accident lawyers advise on all types of cycling related claims, including those related to:

  • Work related cycling accident claims
  • Traffic collision claims
  • Hit and run collision claims
  • Head or brain injury claims
  • Defective road surface claims
  • Pedestrian collision claims
  • Spinal injury claims
  • Neck injury claims
  • Fatal injury claims

To find out more about our specific expertise in the type of claim you need assistance with, please get in touch.

How cycling accident claims work

Finding out if you are owed cycling accident compensation

If you are injured in a cycling accident, you are not automatically entitled to compensation. It first needs to be proved that the injuries you sustained in the accident were wholly or partly caused by someone else.

Our cycling accident solicitors can discuss the circumstances of your accident during a free initial consultation and help to clarify whether you will be eligible to make a claim. From here, we can then work to collect all of the evidence that can be used to present an effective case.

Gathering evidence to support your bicycle accident claim

For your cycling accident claim to be successful, we will need to collate various pieces of evidence to support your case.

Types of evidence we will typically rely on include:

  • Your testimony about the accident
  • Testimonies from other eyewitnesses (such as other road users, pedestrians, police officers)
  • Examination from an independent medical professional about the extent of your injuries
  • CCTV footage and any other documentary evidence of the accident

Our cycling accident solicitors will make sure that all of the necessary evidence is collected and presented effectively so that no detail is overlooked. This will ensure that your claim is robust and will lead to a positive resolution.

Working out how much bike accident compensation you can claim

A key part of the claims process is to calculate the exact level of damages you will be owed for a cycling accident. This is referred to as ‘assessing quantum of damages’ or ‘assessing quantum’.

The amount you will be able to claim will depend on your individual circumstances, the extent of your injuries and the impact (financial and non-financial) on your life. Damages fall into two categories:

General damages – For non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering, losing the ability to carry out normal activities (known as ‘loss of amenity’) and reduced quality of life.

Special damages – For specific financial losses, such as medical fees, rehabilitation costs, care fees, lost income and reduced future earning capacity.

For more information on what you can claim for a cycling accident, please take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs.

Using the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents

If your bike accident occurred on the road, then you may be possible to make a claim through the Ministry of Justice’s Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents. This is for accidents that are valued between £1,000 and £25,000.

The Pre-Action Protocol is designed to streamline the claims process, avoiding the need for court proceedings where possible. Claims can be resolved much faster and with less additional costs.

Our cycling accident solicitors are experienced in using the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents, so can advise whether it is acceptable to your cycling accident claim. If so, we can carefully guide you through the process from start to finish.

Seeking an out-of-court settlement for your cycling accident claim

If your cycling accident claim cannot be dealt with through the Pre-Action Protocol, our team will still look to resolve your claim out of court. This means that we can secure maximum compensation for our clients as quickly as possible, while keeping the legal costs and stress to a minimum.

Taking a cycling accident claim to court

In the event that we are unable to reach a settlement out of court, or the defendant is unwilling to accept responsibility for your accident, it may be necessary to pursue your claim in court.

If this is the case, we will work alongside you to build an effective case, as well as providing close personal support to help you through what can be a difficult time. If hearings take place, we will provide adept representation that will give you the best possible chance of achieving a positive outcome.

Common questions about cycling accident claims

Is there a time limit for cycling accident claims?

The time limit for cycling accident claims is normally three years from the date of your injury. However, there are certain circumstances which could give you longer to make a claim. These include where:

  • You realise that you were injured and/or someone else was to blame at a later date
  • You were under 18 at the time your cycling accident occurred
  • You are claiming on behalf of someone who does not have the mental capacity to make a claim themselves (e.g. due to a head or brain injury)
  • You need to claim on behalf of someone who died in a fatal cycling accident

For a more in-depth explanation of personal injury claim time limits and the various exceptions, please take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs.

Can I claim compensation for a cycling accident that was partly my fault?

Yes. As long as the someone else was at least partly to blame for your cycling accident, you will be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

The level of compensation you can expect to receive will depend on the portion of blame the other party is perceived to be responsible for. If you and the other party are equally responsible, then you would be able to claim half the compensation you would have been entitled to had the other party been fully responsible.

For a more in-depth explanation of claiming compensation where you were partially at fault, please take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs.

How long does a cycling accident claim take?

The time it takes to resolve a cycling accident claim will depend on several factors, including whether the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents can be used. Some cases can be resolved in just a few months, but others could take up to two years, especially in situations where the other party does not accept liability.

If you are in immediate need of funds to cover medical costs, replace lost income or meet other essential costs, then there’s a possibility that we can secure interim payments while your claim is ongoing.

Can I claim compensation for someone who died in a fatal cycling accident?

Yes, if someone you were dependent upon has died in a cycling accident, then you can bring forward a claim on their behalf. You will normally have three years from the date of death to do so.

Fatal cycling accident compensation can help to cover costs such as:

  • Funeral costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of the deceased’s income
  • Loss of financial benefits (such as pension income)
  • Loss of non-financial benefits (e.g. if the deceased was your carer)

Find out more about making a fatal accident claim.

Can I claim cycling accident compensation for a hit and run?

Yes, if you were injured in a hit and run accident, you can normally make a claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). The MIB operates an Untraced Drivers Agreement to award compensation for victims of hit and run accidents.

Our cycling accident lawyers can advise you on whether you will be eligible to make a claim under the MIB’s Untraced Drivers Agreement and assist you with making an application.

Can I claim compensation from an uninsured driver?

If an uninsured driver was responsible for your cycling accident, you can make a claim under the MIB’S Uninsured Drivers Agreement.

Our cycling accident lawyers can work alongside you to help you find out whether you are able to claim under the MIB’s Uninsured Drivers Agreements and guide you through the claims process to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Will claiming bicycle accident compensation affect my means-tested benefits?

It is possible that receiving compensation for a cycling accident will affect your right to access means-tested benefits, particularly if it has significantly changed your financial situation. This can be avoided by creating a Personal injury Trust, which will ring-fence the funds and prevent them being counted for means-testing.

Setting up a Personal Injury Trust is something our expert trust lawyers can assist with.

Didn’t find the answer you were looking for?

Take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs or feel free to ask us what you want to know and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Book your free consultation with our expert cycling accident solicitors

To book your free initial consultation with our cycling accident claims team, please contact your local WSP Solicitors office in Gloucester, Stroud or Dursley, or use our simple enquiry form and we’ll get back to you promptly.


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