Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Making a Cycling Accident Claim
Learn more about the cycling team at Osbornes, including what experience we have helping cyclists who have had a bicycle accident and how we specialise in helping those who have suffered the most serious of injuries. Finally, you will hear from some of our clients and how we have been able to help.
Stuart Kightley Partner
“The Osbornes personal injury team now comprises some of the most technically adept and hard hitting lawyers in the business.”
Championing Cycling and Cyclists
As cyclists ourselves, who cycle into work every day, we believe that all cyclists have the right to be safe on our roads. We are proud to be the exclusive legal partner of the London Cycling Campaign, a 12,000 member strong charity that gives everyone who cycles, or wants to cycle, a voice in Greater London. Our head of cycling claims also takes an active role in campaigning for safer cycling as an LCC trustee.
Experts in cycling accident claims
The cycling team at Osbornes is made up of approachable lawyers, experienced in litigating the most complex and serious accident cases and representing cyclists across the full range of claims.
Our expert cycling team has over 40 years of experience in cycling accident claims. Notably, we have successfully recovered millions of pounds for people whose lives have been devastated by serious and life-changing cycling injuries and for the families of those tragically killed whilst cycling.
Our main focus is not about obtaining a fast, one-off settlement, but giving you all the support you need throughout your recovery. We regularly instruct external medical experts on behalf of our clients to help us establish the long term effects of a cycling injury. Our lawyers are then able to work at securing you the best rehabilitation and financial package for your needs, including interim payments throughout the course of your case.
For expert advice or to start your claim, please call our specialist cycling accident solicitors today.
For a free initial conversation call 020 7485 8811
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The group is noted for its expertise in matters relating to cycling injuries, and is the official legal partner of the London Cycling Campaign charity.
"Offers specialist expertise in cycling-related injury claims."
"Osbornes often handles claims valued at over £1m, particularly relating to severe brain and spinal cord injuries and niche areas such as cauda equina syndrome and cycling accidents."
Cycling Accident Claims FAQs
Which type of cycling accident claim do you deal with?
Cycling on busy roads is not for the faint-hearted, every year over 4,000 cyclists are seriously injured or killed in road accidents*, but the benefits far outweigh the risks. Watch out for the following situations that commonly give rise to bike accidents:
- A vehicle approaching from the opposite carriageway turns right across your path without giving way to you and you collide with its nearside
- A vehicle emerges from a side road to your left into your path without giving way to you and you collide with its offside
- You are overtaking or undertaking stationary traffic when a vehicle turns into your path without looking
- A lorry turning left at a junction fails to see you in the nearside lane
- A pothole or other defect in the road makes you lose control of the bike
- A vehicle door is opened into your path as you pass and causes a collision
- Vehicles, particularly lorries, vans and buses, fail to leave enough room as they pass on the offside
*Figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents show that in 2019, 16,884 cyclists were injured in reported road accidents, 4,433 were killed or seriously injured.
What should you do following a bike accident?
Shock and pain can make it difficult to react immediately and properly to an accident involving injury, but here is our advice on what to do:
- Be safe – get out of danger and get others to help secure the scene;
- Ring 999 – ambulance paramedics will assess your injuries and the police will investigate the cycling accident;
- Exchange details with the other party – this is a legal requirement unless the accident has been reported to the police;
- Evidence – use your phone: photograph the other vehicle, driver and the scene; check for CCTV cameras, speak to witnesses and obtain their contact details;
- Take legal advice on your rights and obligations.
How can our bicycle accident lawyers help?
Contact our specialist lawyers to discuss your case. We are always happy to advise by telephone and will not charge for an initial consultation.
If we are able to help with a legal claim, what happens next will depend on the particular circumstances of your cycling accident and the seriousness of any injuries, but in summary:
- Funding. We will offer you a No Win No Fee funding agreement so that you will not have to meet the legal costs and expenses as the case proceeds. In the unlikely event that the case is not successful, you will not be left out of pocket. If you win you pay us a small success fee but the amount we charge is less than other competitor firms.
- Liability investigation. We will assess what is needed to prove your case and will obtain the police, witness, CCTV, accident investigation and other evidence necessary to win the arguments on liability; we will pursue the claim with the opponent’s insurers and seek an early admission of liability.
- Medical investigation and rehabilitation. We will explore with you what your immediate needs are. That may involve you having an Immediate Needs Assessment with an independent Occupational Therapist and then treatment and/or medical investigations; we will also request your medical records and once the injuries have settled commission expert prognostic reports from independent specialists.
- Interim payments. If liability is accepted then we can access funds to give you financial support whilst you recover from your injuries.
- Negotiation and settlement. Most cases are settled by negotiations and an out of court settlement although some, in particular the most serious injury cases, require court proceedings. Our job is to get you the best possible settlement. In relation to liability, that means using our expertise and experience to secure 100% liability, or as close to it as possible on the facts of the case. On damages (quantum) it means understanding which heads of loss to claim, obtaining the evidence necessary to prove the loss and negotiating the best deal.
What are the most common types of cycling accident compensation claims?
Bike crashes are an unfortunate reality for many and we understand that cyclists are vulnerable to serious injuries due to road traffic accidents. Our cycle accident claims specialists can help with everything from head injuries, amputations, back & spinal injuries and leg injuries through to broken bones, facial & dental injuries, sprains & fractures, whiplash and soft tissue injury.
How much cycling accident compensation could I receive?
No two bike accident claims are the same so we can’t say, straight away, how much cycling accident compensation you will get. Cycling injury compensation won’t only include compensation for the incident itself but support with recovery and future life – this might mean making provision for physiotherapy, rehabilitation treatment, loss of earnings, bike repairs and adjustments at home.
Compensation is split into two parts: General damages (based on the severity of injuries and the length of time it takes for you to recover) and special damages (covering current and predicted out of pocket expenses as a result of the injury – such as loss of property, medication, aids and equipment, treatment, travel and loss of income). Special damages can also include repairs to your bike, physiotherapy and counselling.
While we might not be able to say how much you can expect to get, our cycling claims solicitors are experienced in a wide range of cycling accident and injury claims and should be able to give you an estimate, when you speak.
Do I have to pay legal fees when claiming for a bicycle accident?
Not usually. In the vast majority of cases, you will be able to pursue your personal injury claim through what’s known as a Conditional Fee Agreement or ‘No Win No Fee’.
How long do bike accident claims take?
Because each claim is different it’s impossible to say exactly how long your cycling accident claim will take. It will depend on the severity of your injuries and whether or not your opponent admits blame.
A relatively simple cycling injury claim could be settled in a few months. A cycling accident claim relating to more serious injuries – or where the other party doesn’t admit responsibility – will take longer as we’ll have to seek medical evidence. This is partly so that we can make sure any compensation supports you for your longer-term medical needs. We may also have to wait to understand the full impact of your injuries because compensation may depend on how long it takes you to heal.
Other factors that could prolong your cycling accident claim might include whether it has to go to court, when a criminal offence has been committed and police charges also have to be brought and if you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident when the police and insurance companies will be trying to locate the driver.
How long do I have to make a bicycle accident claim?
You have three years from the date of the cycling accident or injury to bring a claim.
What happens if the other person involved in the accident didn’t stop?
If you have been a victim of a hit and run, or hit by an uninsured driver, don’t worry. We may still be able to help you with your cycling accident claim. Working through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) scheme it may still be possible to make a claim and you would be free to choose us as the cycling claims solicitor to represent you, even if your insurance company has recommended another law firm.
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Personal Injury Expertise
- Accident at work Claims
- Amputation & Limb-Loss Claims
- Beauty Treatment Claims
- Brain Injury Claims
- Cauda Equina Syndrome
- Child Injury Claims
- Criminal Injury Claims
- Cycling Accident Claims