Cycling accidents

It seems like everyone is encouraging people onto bikes instead of into cars, for various reasons – cycling burns calories, reduces pollution and can make commuting much cheaper for those who live in cities.

Unfortunately, cycling on Britain’s roads can also be incredibly dangerous. Statistics show that more than 16,000 people are hurt in cycle accidents each year, with almost 2,300 suffering serious injuries and 146 dying as a result. However, the true number of cycling casualties is likely to be a lot higher, as it is thought that between 60% and 90% of bicycle accidents on the UK’s roads are not reported.

Cyclists are particularly vulnerable to injury on the roads and those who are hurt by the negligence of other drivers could be entitled to claim compensation for their injuries and suffering.

If think you may be eligible to make a make a claim for injuries sustained while cycling, give us a call today on 0800 10 757 95, fill in our online form with a brief description of your injury or use our convenient online e-chat facility.

Risks to cyclists

There are many risks on the roads, from the carelessness of other road users to poorly maintained cycle ways leading to accidents. Cyclists are at risk from the following:

  • Cyclist error (failing to signal, crossing traffic)
  • Driver negligence (side swiping a bike, ignoring signals)
  • Poor roads
  • Inadequate cycle lanes
  • Not being visible in heavy traffic

Cyclists can easily be killed by vehicles, or left with seriously debilitating injuries which require life-long care.

Although limbs usually can mend in a month or two, sometimes the after-effects can linger, limiting the injured person's mobility or impacting their working life.

If this is the case, then the injured cyclist can make a cycle accident compensation claim against the insurers of the other vehicle involved in the collision, in order to recompense the cyclist for their suffering and loss of earnings.

Should a poor road surface or obstruction on the highway have been the cause of the accident, the cyclist may also have the basis of a claim against the body responsible for maintenance.

Discuss your claim with us

YouClaim offers a comprehensive claims service across the UK. Our services are on a no win-no fee basis, which means that making a claim with us is a totally risk-free process. 

If you would like to find out more about how our personal injury solicitors can help you following a cycling accident, take the first step online or by calling free on 0800 10 757 95.