Road Traffic Accident Claims

Cycling Accident Claims

Cyclists are vulnerable road users, and sometimes no amount of safety precautions can account for a reckless driver, poor road surface conditions, or faulty equipment.

Our personal injury solicitors have experience with bicycle accident claims of all kinds. When cyclists are involved in accidents, injuries can range from cuts and bruises to broken bones, as well as serious head and spinal trauma. Sadly in some cases, bike accidents can result in fatalities, and our lawyers deal with cycle injury claims in these cases too.

If you have been injured in a cycling accident, you could be entitled to claim cycle injury compensation if:

  • The accident was caused by the actions of another road user
  • The road or cycle lane was in poor condition
  • Your injury was due to equipment failure, whether the bicycle or the helmet

If you were injured in other circumstances you may still be able to make a claim, so please contact us for expert advice. Our specialist road traffic accident investigation team will leave no stone unturned when pursuing your case and establishing who was responsible for your injuries.

Our solicitors pride themselves on making a real difference. We have secured over £1 billion in compensation for our clients over the past two years, and our commitment to providing access to rehabilitation care and support is award-winning.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a cycling accident, contact us today free on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your case.


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Cycling Accident Claims - More Information
    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you can expect to receive following a road traffic accident will depend on a number of factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you require as a result.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on:

      • Current and future loss of earnings
      • Medical and travel expenses you have incurred    
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Modifications to your home
      • Mobility aids
      • Your pain and suffering   

      Find out more about guide compensation amounts following road traffic accidents or call us on 0800 056 4110, and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee* agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. You won’t have to pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful. If your claim succeeds your opponent will pay most of our fees, with the rest coming from your compensation settlement.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have three years from the date of an accident to begin a compensation claim – or three years from the date of turning 18 if the incident happened when you were a child.

      However, there is no time limit for people who don't have the mental capacity to make legal decisions, which often applies to those who have suffered serious brain injuries.

      In fatal cases, the family of the deceased has three years to make a claim, starting from either the date your loved one died, or the date you received the post-mortem results.

      If your accident or injury happened outside of the UK, then the time limit can be shorter. If this is the case, it's vital that you contact us as soon as possible.

      If you have any concerns or questions about the time limit for claiming compensation, call our team today on 0800 056 4110 for free initial advice and to talk through your options.

    • Can I Get Early Compensation Payments?
    • Early compensation payments, also known as interim payments, are made in advance of any final settlement. They’re only made in an agreement with your opponent, if they admit that they're responsible for your injuries.

      Interim payments can be used to replace loss of earnings, so you can afford to pay essential bills if your injury has meant you’ve been absent from work, as well as covering the cost of specialist medical care or mobility equipment.

      We'll work hard to get an early admission of fault, and also to obtain early compensation payments to relieve any immediate pressures you’re feeling.

It was so fantastic to have Irwin Mitchell supporting my recovery. They put in place additional services for me to help me with my rehabilitation, and it was able to carry on when the community services came to an end.”

Jaxx, client
Client Jaxx Cave

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell Following A Cycling Accident?

We are committed to cycling safety, and work with leading road traffic charities such as Brake and RoadPeace to help raise awareness of the dangers that face cyclists on the road. We understand that cyclists are vulnerable road users, and face a wide range of risks while on the road.

Sadly, around 150 cyclists die each year following a cycling accident, and 15 times as many are seriously injured. Our specialist solicitors are used to handling claims involving very serious injuries, so we can offer expert advice not only on compensation, but also on rehabilitation and access to specialist medical care.

Assisting our team of solicitors is our specialist road traffic accident investigation team, which includes a former police accident investigator and an advanced driving instructor. We’re one of the only law firms in the UK with a specialist team carrying out investigations of this nature.

You’ll be met with clear, straightforward advice that puts you and your family first during this traumatic time. We'll focus on ensuring you can access all of the medical care and support you need to recover and live independently as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions at all, contact us to find out more about how we can help on 0800 056 4110 – that first conversation is free, and there's no obligation for you to take things any further.

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What If I Wasn't Wearing A Helmet?

There is not a legal requirement in England, Wales or Scotland for a cyclist to wear a helmet, even though the Highway Code encourages their use.

There is also no law that says failing to wear a helmet leads to a reduction in compensation if the accident led to a head injury.

However, it is a factor that could be taken into account by the court when your compensation amount is being decided.

This is also the case in circumstances when a law has been broken (such as if  you didn't have lights on your bike and the accident occurred at night).

In both these instances the amount of compensation you receive could be reduced, but it doesn’t affect your right to make a claim.

Learn more about cycling claims and the law.

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What Happens When You Make A Cycle Claim?

When you make a bicycle accident claim with us, we’ll let you know exactly what we're doing at each stage – and what we need from you. Below is how a typical bicycle accident claim works:

Stage One: Information Gathering

The first step is to contact us. We’ll discuss your cycling accident, and whether we think you could claim. This first conversation is free, and there's no obligation for you to continue with pursuing a claim.

If we think you have a case, we'll begin by investigating the circumstances of your accident. The accident could have been caused by a driver, another cyclist, or a pedestrian. You may also be able to claim compensation if your accident was caused by an equipment malfunction or the poor condition of a road or cycle lane.

However, the cause of an accident is not just limited to these examples. We’ll establish who’s responsible for your injuries and seek the opinion of medical experts.

Our team of specialists are incredibly thorough in their investigations. In the case of cycling accidents, for example, we may carry out site inspections, evaluate damage to your bike, or reconstruct your accident.

At this stage, we’ll also determine if you can claim under a No Win No Fee* agreement, which will make sure you don't have to pay anything if the claim is unsuccessful.

Learn more about what you should do following a cycling accident.

Stage Two: Rehabilitation

If your accident or injury has left you in need of medical care and support, we’ll identify what care you need, both now and in the future.

Rehabilitation support is one of the most essential aspects of our service, with access to medical treatment, therapy or equipment equally as important as financial compensation.

If appropriate, our client liaison managers will work with you to understand what support you need, and how best to help you access it, from the beginning of the claim process.

Depending on the severity of your injury and the length of the claims process, it may be possible to secure early compensation payments to assist with your rehabilitation costs.

Our commitment to the rehabilitation of our clients has seen us become seven-time winners of the Claimant Solicitor of the Year award at the Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation First Awards.

Learn more about how we can help you gain access to rehabilitation support.

Stage Three: Compensation

We’ll work out how much compensation you’ll need for your injuries, losses, and for any medical care and support you require both now and in the future. The cost of replacing your bike and helmet will also be considered. The compensation amount will either be agreed with your opponent as a settlement, or determined through court proceedings.

The majority of cases settle out of court, so pursuing court proceedings is rare. However, if you do have to go to court, our team will be there to support you.

Stage Four: Conclusion

Your claim is concluded, and you’re awarded compensation if you’re successful. If we agreed to pursue your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't need to pay anything if you lose the case, while the opponent will pay most of our fees if you win.


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Awards & Recognition

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
"One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven previous occasions.

What Our Clients Say

We truly value and appreciate the feedback we receive from our clients, as we look to improve the services we offer on an ongoing basis.

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Proudly supporting vital charity work.

We're registered as approved solicitors with a number of leading national charities, including:

  • Brake – the Road Safety Charity
  • RoadPeace – the Road Crash Victims Charity
  • Headway – the Brain Injury Association
  • The Brain and Spine Foundation
  • The Spinal Injury Association
  • The Child Brain Injury Trust
  • The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum

We consider rehabilitation to be as important as financial compensation – a commitment that has also seen us win Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven occasions.


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