Unfortunately, cyclists who are involved in an accident are more likely to be killed or seriously injured than other types of road users.
Services for Cyclists
Cycling injuries can affect your ability to work, live independently and support your loved ones, and can push you into serious financial hardship. Claiming compensation can help get your life back on track.
Numerous members of CWJ are active club, commuting and social cyclists, so we have a thorough understanding of the difficulties faced by cyclists in everyday life. You can rely on us to provide you with a personal approach focused on supporting you during this difficult time, helping you to get the compensation you are entitled to.
Regardless of the type of cyclist you are, if you have been involved in an accident that wasn't your fault, we can help you to pursue a no-win no-fee compensation claim for your injuries.
Book a free consultation with our cycling accident solicitors
Have a question about making a cycling accident claim?
Read our personal injury FAQs, which addresses questions such as “am I eligible to make a personal injury claim?”, “how is my injury claim pursued?”, “how long will my personal injury claim take?” and “how much compensation will I receive from my injury claim?”
Our expertise with cycling injury compensation claims
We help people injured in cycling accidents through no fault of their own to get compensation, having successfully represented cyclists from across the country. With many years of experience, we know exactly what is needed to build a successful claim, giving you the best chance of securing fair compensation quickly.
Our Personal Injury team is led by David Greenhalgh, a highly experienced solicitor and partner in the firm, who has achieved the prestigious Chambers & Partners Band 1 ranking for his expertise in representing personal injury claims. This recognises David as one of the top personal injury lawyers in the country.
We are pleased to be connected to the GS Avanti Cycling Club and to sponsor their flagship Kentish Killer Sportive. Once again Alex Wormald, a keen triathlete and one of CWJ's personal injury and medical negligence partners took part in the Kentish Killer.
Click here to watch our video for a full account of Alex’s experience.
Cycling injury claims explained
What happens at your free initial consultation?
This is your chance to explain your situation and ask any questions you have about the claims process. We will give you an initial opinion on whether we believe your claim justifies further investigation and talk you through what we need to do to pursue your claim.
Our aim is to give you all of the information you need to make an informed decision about whether you want to move forward with making a claim and, hopefully, show you why our cycling accident solicitors are the right team for you to work with.
How to know if you have a claim for cycling injury compensation
To be eligible for compensation following a cycling accident, we need to show that your injuries were caused or made worse by the negligence or deliberate action of another person or persons.
Establishing this will typically rely on various types of evidence, including CCTV, witness testimony, your own video records (e.g. GoPro/helmet cam footage) and accident site analysis.
Thanks to our strong experience with cycling accident claims, we know exactly what to look for, so can help to quickly establish whether you have grounds for a claim and begin building the strongest possible case straightaway.
Valuing your claim
Obviously, knowing how much compensation you may be entitled to is an important consideration when thinking about making a claim. We will ensure all relevant factors are taken into account, so the damages you receive accurately reflect the impact of your injuries on your life.
Our cycling accident solicitors can help you recover compensation for issues including:
- Loss of income (including future income)
- Paying for private medical treatment and physiotherapy
- The cost of specialist equipment
- Damage to your property (e.g. your bike)
- Your pain and suffering
- Loss of amenity (i.e. any reduction in your physical and mental capacity such as no longer being able to cycle or take part in other leisure activities)
Funding for cycling accident claims
Most cycling injury claims we handle are funded using a conditional fee agreement (CFA), more commonly called a ‘no win, no fee’ cycling accident claim. This means there is no cost to you to start a claim, with our fees only being due if we secure compensation for you.
The advantage of a no win, no fee deal is that it means you do not have to worry about finding the money to fund your claim upfront and there is no financial risk to you in making a claim. In many cases, our fees can be recovered from the other side following a successful claim, meaning you may be left with nothing to pay either way.
Time limits for claiming cycling injury compensation
You will normally have three years from the time your accident occurs to make a claim. However, there are exceptions to this rule that can mean you have longer to claim, depending on the circumstances.
If you only become aware of your injuries later – The three-year time limit may be counted from this point instead (known as the ‘date of knowledge’).
If you need to claim for someone under 18 – You have until they turn 18 to make a claim. They can then bring their own claim up until their 21st birthday.
If you need to claim for someone without mental capacity – There is normally no time limit to claim – this may apply where someone suffered a serious brain injury.
If you need to claim for someone who died in a cycling accident – You will usually have three years to claim from the date of death.
Start a cycling accident claim now
Ready to find out more about starting a cycling accident compensation claim? You can book your free consultation now by calling 0168 932 3051 or filling out our brief online claim form and we will be in touch shortly.
Our top 10 Tips for Safer Cycling
1. Ensure your bike is roadworthy
Regularly check your brakes and tyre pressures. Don't ignore any strange noises, vibrations, or jumping gears – they usually indicate a problem.
2. Know how to control your bike
Learn how to shift your body weight when making an emergency stop, be able to swerve safely, use your gears properly, control the bike while looking directly behind and confidently ride with one hand.
3. Don't be afraid to use roads
Cycling in parks and on cycle paths is great fun, but being able to use the road gives you the freedom cycling was intended to give you. Cycling on the pavement, even considerately, is against the law. If you are nervous about cycling on the road, attend a training course.
4. Know how to position yourself in traffic
Ride away from the kerb, never in the gutter, and at least a car-door's width away from parked cars. Ride in the stream of traffic when you can match its speed. If you have to ride close to slower moving traffic or parked cars (for example on a narrow road), do so slowly so you have time to react to hazards (such as an opening door).
5. Remember to look behind you
Check behind yourself frequently, especially before changing position on the road. This attracts the attention of drivers as well as ensuring that you know what is happening around you.
6. Ensure clear road communication
Communicate your intentions with hand signals and correct road positioning. Don't signal without looking behind first – it may be unsafe.
7. Know how to approach junctions
Approach junctions in the middle of your lane, whether you are turning left or right or going straight ahead. This prevents dangerous overtaking from traffic behind. At traffic lights the least safe option is to undertake (on the left), so either wait your turn or consider overtaking (on the right) to get to the front before pulling in to the stream of traffic when it starts moving.
8. Know how to approach roundabouts
Arrive at, and move through, roundabouts in the middle of the most appropriate lane.
9. Be aware of large vehicles
Never cycle on the kerb side of any large vehicle at a junction – if you're in the driver's "blind spot", they won't be able to see you if they turn left. Always maintain enough distance behind or in front of any large vehicle so the driver can see you. If you can't see the mirrors, the driver probably can't see you.
10. Get some cycle training
If you are unsure about any of the points above, go on a training course. Check with your local authority for any subsidised or free training opportunities they might offer. Visit the ROSPA website.
Speak to our cycling accident solicitors in Orpington today
If you have been injured in a cycling accident that was not your fault in the last three years, our personal injury solicitors can help you claim compensation.