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Considering Making Cycling Accident Claims For Compensation?
Unfortunately, because cyclists are more vulnerable than other road users, particularly on busy roads cycling accident claims are fairly common.
Sometimes taking care is not enough and cyclists suffer accidents because of other road users’ negligence. Often drivers of other vehicles do not see cyclists either at all or in time to prevent an accident occurring. 2,000 cyclists are seriously injured every year as a result of road traffic accidents. Sadly, over 100 cycling accidents are fatal.
If you are a cyclist who has sustained an injury because of someone else’s actions, you might be legally entitled to claim injury compensation. It doesn’t matter how minor you feel your injury is, if you have been unable to go to work, have had to pay out for medical expenses or suffered any level of pain, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
What kind of injuries do cyclists experience?
Because of the obvious vulnerability of a cyclist, it is usual for a rider to experience very serious injuries before pursuing a bicycle accident claim. Some of the most common kinds of bicycle accident claims are those involving victims with head injuries. However, in road accidents, cyclists can also suffer:
- Broken bones, such as a broken clavicle (collarbone) or fractured pelvis
- Soft tissue damage including achilles tendonitis and knee tendonitis
- Psychological damage
What’s more, poor weather conditions can increase the probability of a bicycle accident. Rain, sleet, snow and wind can all contribute to poor visibility which aggravates the risk of a road accident.
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CYCLING ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CHILDREN
Unfortunately, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) about one-third of cycling accidents involve children.
As children become older, statistically, their chances of having a cycling accident increase; with odds peaking at around the age of 16. The charity points out that this could be because, at this age, children start secondary school and might partake in riskier behaviour. However, it also suggests that this is the case because children begin to ride more independently as they get older.
If your child has been involved in a cycling accident on the road then they may have been seriously injured. When determining the value of your claim, we will consider any financial losses associated with your child’s cycling accident along with your child’s pain and suffering.
No matter what the circumstances, making a compensation claim for your child is not something that is relished by parents or guardians. In the case of fatal and serious road accidents, this can be even more upsetting.
If you can prove that the accident was the fault of another road user, you may be able to make a successful compensation claim for your child. The lawyers at First Personal Injury lawyers have helped many clients with cycling accident and child accident claims. We have a strong track record in helping our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
CYCLING ACCIDENTS IN SPORT
Cycling has a broad appeal to a variety of different people and, inrecent years, has become very popular. There are many people signing up to cycling races for charity, mountain biking events and children also enjoy taking part in different types of cycling sports.
Although you may have volunteered to be a part of a cycling sporting event or activity, if you have an accident during that time, it doesn’t necessarily mean the accident was your fault.
Some of the most common kinds of cycling sporting accident claims involve collisions between a bike and a stationary object; a collision between a bike and another vehicle; a defective road or cycle route or, in some cases, incorrect training.
There are a number of factors that might cause you injury and lead to you having a valid compensation claim. Firstly, you may have been provided with faulty equipment or a venue might not have been properly maintained. Alternatively, incorrect training may have been given which has led to your accident.
Making a Cycling Accident Claim
If you’ve been involved in an accident on the road whilst on your bike, you should immediately contact personal injury solicitors with experience in this area of the law.
The solicitors at First Personal Injury have helped victims of cycling accidents for many years. Throughout your case, our friendly team will advise you on all aspects of your claim. They’ll be able to answer questions about the likelihood of success in addition to queries about the levels of compensation available.
In order for your claim to be successful, your legal team must be able to prove:
- That the other party was negligent
- That the negligence caused you to suffer injury and loss
LEVELS OF CYCLING ACCIDENT COMPENSATION
There are two parts of personal injury compensation claims. You can claim compensation for injury (general damages) in addition to compensation for other losses associated with the accident (special damages).
General damages will compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you have experienced as a result of your injuries. The amount you receive will depend on the severity of the injuries you have suffered. On the other hand, special damages include any financial losses you’ve had as a result of the accident. You could be able to claim for any loss of earnings, travel costs, medical costs and property damage.
Minor brain/head injury
£1,880 – £10,890
Moderate brain damage
£36,740 – £186,890
Moderate to severe brain injury
Very severe brain damage (potentially reducing life expectancy, affecting the ability to communicate and resulting in serious disability)
£240,590 – £344,640
Minor neck injury
£2,090 – £6,730
Moderate neck injury
£6,730 – £32,840
Severe neck injury
£38,800 – £126,500
Minor back injuries with pain lasting between 2-5 years
£6,290 - £9,970
Moderate back injury causing chronic pain and lack of mobility
£30,910 - £55,590
Serious back injury causing significant permanent effects
£59,120 - £70,490
Minor shoulder injury
£2,090 – £6,730
Moderate shoulder injury
£6,730 – £10,890
Serious shoulder injury
£10,890 – £16,380
£4,390 – £10,440
Arm and hand injury
£5,630 – £16,380
£3,010 – £51,070
£3,010 – £46,780
Other arm injuries with disabilities
£5,630 – £111,690
Minor hand injuries
Up to £4,055
Total or effective loss of one hand
£82,040 – £93,540
Total or effective loss of both hands
£120,040 – £171,920
Less serious leg injury
£7,780 – £23,680
Severe leg injury
£33,450 – £115,940
Moderate knee injury
£5,160 – £22,340
Severe knee injury
£22,340 – £82,080
Modest ankle injury
Up to £11,730
Moderate ankle injury
£11,730 – £22,680
Severe ankle injury
£26,710 – £42,710
Very severe ankle injury
£42,710 – £59,480
Modest foot injury
Up to £11,730
£11,730 – £21,320
Serious foot injury
£21,320 – £33,450
First Personal Injury would like to help you with your bicycle accident claims for compensation. Our highly experienced personal injury lawyers are ready to learn more about your case. Please remember you have three years from the date of your injury to make a claim. Because of this, it’s important you start your claim as soon as possible. To begin your claim, get in touch today; either call us on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online.
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