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If you have been injured following a crash on your bike or while cycling on the roads or even in cycle lanes. Our expert injury & Serious Injury Solicitors can help you.
Both our and your immediate priority will be to attend to your immediate physical well-being, or that of a loved one if you're exploring options following a serious injury to a family member or loved one.
Once immediate health concerns have been assessed and catered for, or unfortunately, if long-term provision for care and support must be investigated and made for the future needs of the injured person, then thoughts rightly should focus on the level of compensation that can be expected following injury caused through a cycling accident.
Our Bicycle Accident Compensation Calculator may be useful in helping your understand the bracket of 'general damages' that injuries sustained, could be classified at.
How Bicycle Accident Claims & Cyclist Injury Compensation is Calculated?
When making a cycling accident injury claim, calculating the compensation you are expected to receive can be a complex procedure. This is primarily dependent on the severity of your injuries and the influence this has on your immediate and future life.
As with all compensation claims, the process should not be conducted hastily in anyway. The complete detail surrounding the accident, liability, scale of injuries, financial implications (short and long-term) and lasting healthcare considerations must all be factored into compensation settlements.
On some occasions, it is absolutely necessary to allow the injured person time to recover or time for more accurate assessments by medical professionals to be made in order to suitably quantify the injury fully before the claim is valued. We can then aim to secure the compensation settlement value from the third party responsible for your injury.
Factors that affect the calculation of Bicycle Accident Compensation Payouts?
The following considerations must receive focus when considering compensation claim settlement amounts:
- The seriousness of the injury
- Time needed for recovery
- Whether full recovery is possible
- Amount of pain and suffering experienced
- Changes in state of physical and mental ability
- Treatments given and any expected treatment in the future (and their costs)
- All treatment costs and travel expenses
- Possibility of returning to work and in what capacity
- Other financial costs (including damages to your bicycle and equipment) and losses including loss of earnings.
How much compensation can you as an Injured Cyclist following an Accident?
This is commonly asked question. However, as each cycling accident claim is unique it is almost impossible to identify how much the claimant will receive at the very outset of any injury claim process.
As highlighted, numerous factors must be taken into account, and each of these areas would be carefully investigated by one of our expert Bicycle Accident Solicitors here at PSR.
The guide below provides provisional 'general' damages compensation values as set out in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). General damages are meant to compensate for general pain & suffering caused by the injuries sustained by the cyclist.
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Compensation for Neck Injuries (Soft Tissue) caused by a Cycling Accident
Soft tissue injury with no lasting issues beyond 1 year following the Injury:
up to £3,800
Complete Recovery after a couple of years:
£3,800 - £7,000
Recovery taking longer than two years but with only Moderate effects
effects are moderate:
£7,000 - £12,000
Serious on-going problems with ongoing pain, or recurring pain, and surgery may be needed:
£12,000 - £22,000
Compensation for Back Injuries (Soft Tissue) resulting from a Cycling injury
Soft tissue injury with a full recovery within 3 months:
up to £2,150
Soft tissue injury with full recovery up to a year following the accident:
up to £3,800
Full recovery between one and two years:
£3,800 - £7,000
Where recovery takes more than two years but the on-going effects are moderate:
£6,900 - £11,000
Serious on-going problems with ongoing pain, or recurring pain. Surgery may be needed with the possibility of prolapsed discs:
£11,000 - £24,500
Compensation for Chest Injuries sustained in a Bicycle Accident
Fractures of ribs causing pain for a few weeks only:
up to £3,500
Collapsed lungs with a full recovery:
£2,000 - £4,700
Compensation for Cycling Accident Arm Injuries
Simple fracture of the forearm:
£5,800 - £17,000
More serious injury with significant disability and without full recovery:
£17,000 - £34,000
Compensation for Cycling accident Leg Injuries
Hairline fracture or non-complex break of bones in the lower leg with complete recovery:
up to £10,500
Simple fracture or break of the femur:
£8,000 - £12,500
More serious fracture or serious soft tissue injury, without full recovery:
£16,000 - £24,500
Compensation for Brain Injury following a Serious Cycling accident
Very serious brain damage
£245,000 - £350,000
£190,000 - £245,000
£37,000 - £190,000
Mild head injury (minimal brain damage)
£1,900 - £11,000
£9,000 - £130,000
How frequent are Cycling Accidents?
Cycling accidents are becoming more and more common in Great Britain. In fact, cyclists are now known to be among one of the most susceptible road users. Bicycle accidents can cause a wide range of injuries. These can vary in severity, from small scrapes and bruises to broken bones, head and brain injuries and other serious injuries. Unfortunately, with the increasing number of cyclists on the roads, fatal accidents can occur too.
Being involved in a bicycle accident is an extremely upsetting experience and can cause life-long injuries. Not only are some people left less active and less confident as a result of an accident, where extreme injuries are sustained you may also have been reliant on your loved ones or healthcare professionals.
The amount of people cycling in Great Britain is increasing annually. Whilst these numbers are positive for the environment and great for cycling as a sport, unfortunately, cyclists in this country are still very much vulnerable road users.
According to The National Travel Survey, around 8% of the population aged 5 and over, cycle three or more times a week. This calculates to approximately 5.1 million people regularly cycling.
We can’t stop accidents from happening, but we can support you in making a claim for your accident.
In the UK there are nearly 15,000 incidents a year where injury occurs to cyclists with just over 100 incidents involving a fatality.
NHS data suggests that more than 40% of cyclists involved in an accident suffered with head injuries, ranging from serious skull fractures to minor cuts and concussion.
Common causes of Cyclist Injury
Statistics taken from The Department for Transport Casualty Report identify the main contributing factors for cycling accidents:
- Failure to look properly
- Failure to judge other party’s speed or path
- Careless and reckless driving
Common causes of road cycle accidents involve nearside junctions and roundabouts, motor vehicles pulling out from driveways, vehicle doors opening into the path of the cyclist, vehicles pulling out of queuing traffic and the collision that can potentially cause the most serious injuries in our experience is when cyclists have been hit from behind.
Nearly half of all the cycle accidents we deal with occur at junctions. Whilst just a small percentage occur in the dark and even fewer occur on wet surfaces. In more cases than not, cycling road accidents can be avoided and regularly are the fault of the vehicle driver, not the cyclist.
Cycle lane accident claims
Cycle lane accidents often take place when vehicles other than bicycles use the cycle lanes of a road or an obstruction is in the cycle lane. Although cycle lanes are clearly marked as to be used by cyclists only, they are a common place for accidents to take place. It could be that car drivers use cycling lanes as place for overtaking other vehicles or are using the lane as a place to temporarily stop whilst dropping other passengers. This in turn can cause cyclists to swerve into the path of other road users. These situations causing a vehicle other than a bicycle to be in a cycling lane can result in a cyclist being seriously injured or even killed.
Potholes can cause problems to every road user. For cyclists in particular, they can be extremely hazardous. One of the issues with potholes is defining exactly what constitutes one, and this varies depending on the local borough council.
Child’s Cycle Accident
We all know that accidents will happen when children are involved. We can all accept a fall off a bike and a bruise somewhere as an unrelated accident but when a more serious accident takes place because of someone else’s carelessness and negligence resulting in your child being seriously hurt, you will want justice to be done.
Making a claim for compensation on behalf of your child is not dissimilar from making a claim that you have suffered. You will be required to act on your child’s behalf if they are under the age of 18 and the settlement claim that is awarded will be invested by the court until your child reaches their 18th Birthday.
Cycling accidents on a roundabout
At PSR solicitors, we are fully aware of the dangers that roundabouts present to cyclists. Roundabouts are a common place for accidents and for this reason, they can present a serious hazard to cyclists.
Sports Cycling Accidents and Claims
We have previously represented many competitive cyclists and have been involved in a number of claims made by those involved in a coaching role and training athletes. We are fully aware of the implications that a cycling accident can have on training and performance.
Making a Cycling Accident Compensation Claim
You can call us free now on 0800 0209 167 or complete our contact form and a member of our team at PSR Solicitors will be happy to speak to you in confidence to discuss your claim queries.
As our ”No Win No Fee” promise implies, in most situations, we will be able to support your case in this way. Rest assured that there are no upfront charges if you decided to proceed with PSR, and if you are unsuccessful with your claim and there is no award given to compensate you for your injuries, you will not have to worry about any legal costs as you will not have to pay anything.
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