Bicycle Liability Claims

Faulty goods can occasionally make their way onto the shop floor, no matter how many safety regulations are in place. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a faulty bicycle, you may be able to make a claim on a no win, no fee basis.

To start the claims process, speak to one of our friendly solicitors, who will guide you through the first steps. Contact us today on 0800 10 757 95 or request a callback by filling in our online form or by chatting to us directly using our e-chat function. 

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Types of bicycle faults

Many cycling accidents will be caused by a road user or the cyclist themselves, however, from time to time, faulty bicycles can lead to serious injuries for the rider, making them eligible to make a claim.

While it can be difficult to completely eliminate the risk of an accident, cyclists could carry out the following checks when they purchase a bicycle to reduce the risk of a serious accident occurring:

Tyres

Cyclists should ensure their types have at least 3mm of tread and are free from any cracks or splits. A faulty tyre could force a rider to lose control of the bike, causing a serious injury.

Wheels

Wheels should be central to the fork and not allow more than 3mm give. Rims should be checked for defects, such as dents, and spokes should be checked to make sure there are none loose or missing.

Handlebars

Cyclists should turn the bars slowly and check that the stem is aligned with the wheel fork.

Saddle

Cyclists should take a hold of the saddle and try to move it - you should not be able to move it either up and down or side to side.

Lights

All lights should be checked to make sure they are fitted correctly. If lights are loose, especially ones close to the front forks, they could potentially fall into a wheel.

Brakes

Brakes can be tested easily and cyclists should ensure their bicycle cables have not frayed. Each brake should be attached either to the bike’s frame or fork.

Chain

The chain should be lubricated sufficiently and should not exceed 25mm of excess chain.

Who is responsible?

The main responsibility for product safety falls on those responsible for production of the product; responsibility can encompass manufacturers, importers, businesses that supply own-brand products and businesses that alter the product in a way that affects its safety. It is therefore most often these parties against whom a claim is made. However, if the actions of the individual or organisation selling the product cause it to harm you, a claim can be made against them.

How YouClaim can help

Due to the complexity of product liability cases, it is important you choose a solicitor with vast experience in this area of law, as it is not always clear who is responsible for your injuries. Our team has helped many individuals who have been injured as a result of a defective item, such as a bicycle.

We have the experience and expertise to give you the best possible chance of winning your case and securing compensation to cover the cost of your injuries and the damage done to your bicycle.

Get started today

If you have suffered an injury due to a faulty bike, contact YouClaim today to see if you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. You can get in touch either by calling 0800 10 757 95, by filling in our contact form and letting us know a time to get back to you or by chatting to us online.