If you have been injured in a cycling accident at any time in the last three years and someone else was to blame, you may be owed compensation.
Being injured in a bike accident might leave you with a few scrapes and bruises or it can be much more serious. You could be left with injuries that cause problems for your health, life, career and general wellbeing. In such cases, compensation can make a real difference, helping you to access better treatment and care, as well as replacing lost income.
Get expert help to claim bike accident compensation
David W Harris & Co are specialist personal injury lawyers in South Wales. We have been helping people to claim cycling accident compensation for decades, so can make the claims process easier while helping you to secure maximum compensation.
Our experience with cycling accident claims
Our cycling accident lawyers in South Wales can help with many types of claims, including those involving:
- Collisions with other road users
- Collisions with pedestrians
- Collisions with car doors
- Injuries caused by defective bikes and other cycling equipment
We have particular expertise in dealing with serious cycling accident injury claims, including brain injury claims and spinal injury claims.
We regularly help clients claim compensation in the £1,000-£500,000 range and recently secured a £14million settlement for one of our clients.
We offer no win, no fee cycling accident claims, so there is usually no upfront cost or financial risk in pursuing a claim with David W Harris & Co.
Get a free first consultation with our bike accident solicitors in South Wales
Unsure if you are entitled to compensation for a cycling accident or want to know more about how the claims process works?
We offer a free first consultation to answer your questions and help you decide whether you wish to pursue a cycling accident compensation claim.
Please use our simple online enquiry form to book a free initial chat with our team. There will be no obligation to take things further unless you wish to do so.
Why use David W Harris & Co. for your cycling accident claim?
There are numerous reasons to work with our expert cycling accident lawyers, including:
- No win, no fee funding for cycling accident claims
- Millions of pounds in compensation recovered for our clients over the last 35 years
- Our expertise is independently recognised:
- We cover the whole of South Wales with offices in Pontypridd, Talbot Green and Swansea – home visits can also be arranged where appropriate
- Most cycling accident claims we handle are settled out of court, saving you time, legal costs and stress
- We have a strong track record of securing maximum cycling accident compensation for our clients
Find out more about our personal injury claims expertise.
Cycling accident claims fees and funding
Fixed fee cycling accident claims
The fees solicitors can charge for low value road traffic accident claims (where the damages involved are less than £10,000) are now capped at a maximum of £1,400. This applies to all type of road accident claims, including for cycling accidents.
This cost will normally be recovered at least partially from the defendant, depending on whether they are found to be wholly or only partly responsible for the claimant’s injuries.
For higher value cases, our fees will be charged on a sliding scale which we will be happy to explain during your initial consultation.
Find out more about fixed fees for cycling accident claims.
No win, no fee cycling accident claims
The majority of cycling accident claims we handle are funded on a no win, no fee basis. This is more properly known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’.
Benefits of a no win, no fee cycling accident claim include:
- No upfront cost to start a claim
- Our fees will only be applied if we win compensation for you
- If we don’t secure compensation for you, you won’t owe us anything
- No financial risk to you from starting a claim
You may also be able to fund a cycling accident claim with legal expenses insurance, which is often included as an optional extra with car insurance and home insurance.
We can discuss the different options for funding a cycling accident claim with you during your initial consultation.
Find out more about no win, no fee personal injury claims funding.
Common questions about bicycle accident claims
How long do you have to claim cycling accident compensation?
In most cases, you will have three years to claim cycling accident compensation. This will be counted from the ‘date of knowledge’ (i.e. the date when you knew you were injured and someone else was to blame).
Different time limits may apply if the injured party was under 18 or does not have the mental capacity to claim (e.g. if they suffered a serious brain injury).
Head over to our personal injury claims page to find out more about time limits for personal injury claims.
How much compensation can you get for a bicycle accident?
This will depend on how serious your injuries are and what impact they have on your life. It may also depend on whether you share any blame for the accident (see ‘Can you claim compensation for a cycling accident if you were partly to blame?’ below).
Cycling accident compensation can cover:
- Financial losses due to your injuries – including lost wages, the cost of paying for treatment, specialist equipment etc.
- Expected future financial losses – e.g. reduction in your future earning potential, the need to pay for ongoing care etc.
- Loss of amenity – i.e. no longer being able to carry out activities you previously could, such as driving, playing sport etc.
- Pain and suffering – for your physical and emotional pain.
Our South Wales cycling accident lawyers will be happy to discuss the potential damages available for your claim during your initial consultation.
Tempted to exaggerate the level of your injuries to try to claim more? Check out our blog on why you shouldn’t ‘over-egg the pudding’.
Can you claim compensation for a cycling accident if you were partly to blame?
Yes, as long as someone else was at least partly to blame for your bike accident, you will be able to make a compensation claim.
For this type of shared liability claim, the compensation you can receive will depend on what split of blame is agreed (or determined by a court). If it is decided that each party is equally to blame (i.e. a 50:50 split of liability) you will be able to claim half (50%) of the damages you would have been owed in the other partly was fully liable.
To find out more, take a look at our blog on why you don’t have to be blameless to receive cycling accident compensation.
Can you claim compensation for a hit and run cycling accident?
Yes. The government runs an Untraced Drivers Scheme backed by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) to cover hit and run accidents. In order to apply, you must report the accident to the police as soon as possible, then make an application to the scheme.
If you were injured in a hit and run, our cycling accident lawyers will be happy to help you claim.
Can you get compensation for a cycling accident involving an uninsured driver?
Yes, you can claim compensation through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) if you were injured by an uninsured driver.
Our team will be happy to help with making an uninsured driver compensation claim.
What to do next about starting a cycling accident claim
Simply use our short online enquiry form to tell us you would like to speak to a member of our personal injury team about a potential cycling accident claim and we will be in touch promptly.