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cycling accident claims
Cycling has increased by 200% compared to pre-COVID-19 levels and it is predicted that many will choose cycling for commuting and general exercise. Unfortunately, like motorcyclists, cyclists are particularly vulnerable on the road and susceptible to being injured as a result of careless driving from cars, vans or other road users but it could also be due to the road or cycle lanes being in poor condition.
The Department for Transport reported that 4,072 cyclists died or were seriously injured on Britain’s roads in 2019. If you have been involved in a cycling accident that was not your fault and suffered serious and life changing injuries then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
At Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors we have a highly experienced team with expertise in pursuing high value cycling claims and proven track record in securing hundreds and thousands of pounds in personal injury compensation. We are simply passionate about getting the best results for our clients.
Cycling accidents – what should I do?
If your accident involves another vehicle, we recommend you report the accident to the police and obtain the other driver’s insurance details capturing evidence of the accident with the use of photographs and witness statements. If you have been injured because of the accident you should seek medical attention and obtain treatment for your injuries.
In the event your accident was because of poor road or cycle lane conditions then we recommend you obtain photographs and measurements as quickly as possible as repairs are often carried out very quickly afterwards.
If you believe your accident was not your fault, or unsure who is to blame then we advise you contact our solicitors as soon as possible to discuss your claim on a no win no fee basis.
Uninsured or untraceable driver – what can I do?
Victims of accidents caused by uninsured or untraced drivers can be left feeling distressed and unsure what to do next. It is possible to pursue compensation if you have been injured or your property has been damaged, but steps must be followed to ensure this process can run as smoothly as possible. To learn more read our article on uninsured and untraced drivers.
Fatal Injuries caused by cycling accidents
Tragically, cyclists are killed every year on our roads, which has a huge impact on their loved ones. In the event of these circumstances our solicitors can guide the family through any dealings with the police or the coroner if an inquest is likely, as well as ensuring the family receive the compensation they deserve.
Learn how we can help with fatal injury claims.
How much compensation can I receive for a cycling accident?
The amount of personal injury compensation you are entitled to depend on the extent of your injuries and the financial, physical, and emotional impact it has had on you and your family.
We have helped thousands of victims nationally make a personal injury claim, which has resulted in:
- Broken limbs
- Back & neck injuries
- Spinal & Paralysis
- Head and brain injuries
If a driver was at fault, then their insurance company may approach you with an out of court settlement. We always advise clients never to accept any out of court settlement with an insurance company as it is likely to be lower than the compensation you could be entitled to. We recommend you contact a specialist solicitor who can advise how much compensation you could be entitled to.
Calculating a personal injury claim is based on a variety of factors which include:
- Current and future loss of earnings.
- Medical & travel expenses incurred as a result of the injury.
- Care & rehabilitation needs now and, in the future.
- Any modifications to your home including mobility aids.
- Pain and suffering caused as a result of the injury.
As a guide here are the compensation amounts you could receive in a typical case, please note that this is just a guide, and every case is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Broken limbs (between £10,000 – £250,000)
- Back & neck Injuries (between £2,000 – £140,000)
- Spinal & Paralysis (between £11,730 – £151,000)
- Head & Brain Injuries (between £11,980 – £379,000)
Compensation can be separated into three distinct parts. Each part considers what the injured person has already lost (past losses), what they might lose or need in the future (future losses) and their pain, suffering and loss of amenity as a result of the accident (personal injury). The above guide only relates to compensation for the personal injury and does not include any associated losses. This is why serious life-changing injuries can achieve millions of pounds in compensation which is an area our team is experienced in handling. To learn more, view our pages on compensation explained.
In serious injuries such as spinal and head injuries our experts can help you access the rehabilitation, physiotherapy, mental health and specialist home and vehicle adaptation services to make your life easier.
Is there a time limit for a cycling accident claim?
All personal injury claims need to be filed within 3 years from the date of the accident, very often we have clients who contact us past the deadline of 3 years and we are unable to help, so do not delay in making your claim.
Can I make a No Win No Fee claim for compensation?
The majority of claims we handle are arranged on a No Win No Fee basis, which means that you do not need to worry about expensive legal costs or pay anything upfront.
No win, no fee is where we take out an insurance policy on your behalf, meaning if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay a penny. To learn more about how this works view No Win No fee.
Personal Injury Trusts
Our holistic approach means our involvement doesn’t just stop at the conclusion of the settlement.
If you receive compensation as a result of a Personal Injury Claim which puts your savings or capital above a certain limit, you may lose entitlement to certain state benefits now or in the future. By setting up a Personal Injury Trust we can help you protect any current or future entitlement to any Means Tested State Benefits/support that you receive. So, instead of receiving your compensation directly into your bank/building society account, we can set up a Trust so that your money is held by your chosen Trustee on your behalf. For more about this service visit Personal Injury Trusts.
Support & Rehabilitation
We know that if you have suffered a life-changing injury sometimes rehabilitation can take months or even years, which is why our focus doesn’t just end at delivering the compensation you deserve but continues to help secure the finances you need to pay for equipment and support with other care such as therapies/physiotherapy that are vital to helping your recovery. What’s more we will take the reins and give you peace of mind that the practicalities are being looked after such as organising medical assessments or assigning a case manager depending on your needs.
Why choose us?
At Geoffrey Leaver our experienced team of Personal Injury solicitors are ranked number one by Chambers and Partners for delivering top quality legal advice. What’s more our personal approach means that you will be looked after by the same litigator throughout the legal process giving you that reassurance and peace of mind you are being taken care of.
To make an appointment to see one of our Personal Injury experts, Navdip Gill, Sam Seaford, Anne Maguire, Ann Summerling or Kerry Gibbs please call 01908 689338 (out of office hours – 07825 940007) or contact us.
What our clients say:
“In Morden, I was cycling against the flow of traffic down a one way slip road and was struck by a motorist. I suffered multiple fractures as well as significant injuries to my leg and required complex surgeries, which included insertion of a rod and pins. Navdip has been remarkable throughout this whole process and provided a clear roadmap, successfully highlighting all the pitfalls along the way. I am absolutely delighted with the result and I have obtained a significant settlement which will help rebuild my life. I would highly recommend Navdip to anyone who has been involved in a serious cycling accident, he is just brilliant and someone you want on your side in a challenging case.” A Warwick
For more information about how we can help, you can read testimonials from our personal injury clients
Chambers & Partners 2023 – Personal Injury Department Ranked in Band 2: notes the team is a highly regarded personal injury practice offering expertise in a broad range of disputed liability cases. The team is equally adept at handling cases from RTAs, acting for passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. Their expertise includes severe spinal cord and brain injuries, as well as PTSD. “Geoffrey Leaver’s team is professional and approachable.”
Chambers & Partners 2022 – Personal Injury Department Ranked in Band 1: notes the team is highly regarded as a personal injury practice offering expertise in a broad range of disputed liability cases. Equally adept at handling cases resulting from RTAs, brain injuries, as well as PTSD. One client commented “The service I received was five-star; the team were professional and empathetic.”
Chambers & Partners 2021 – Personal Injury Department Ranked in Band 1: one client reports “The process has been nothing but well planned and stress-free.”
Chambers & Partners 2020: Personal Injury Department is recognised by Chambers & Partners 2020 who noted the department as“efficient and effective, and easy to communicate with.”
THE PERSONAL INJURY TEAM
Navdip Gill Partner
Personal Injury 01908 689338 (07825 940007)Navdip is a highly experienced and shrewd Personal Injury Litigator with an exceptional track record in delivering great results for his clients. Recognised as a top ranked lawyer by Chambers & Partners, his particular area of expertise involves complex and challenging high value brain and head injury cases in both adults and children.
Sam Seaford Partner
Personal Injury 01908 689349Sam is a personal injury solicitor and Partner at Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors, who has over a decade of experience handling serious and catastrophic personal injury claims including but not limited to employer’s liability, road traffic accidents and occupier’s liability claims. Sam has extensive experience in claims against insurance companies, large scale employer’s and their representatives, Councils and the Police. He specialises in high value and complex, pedestrian, motorcycle and cyclist claims.
Anne Maguire Consultant
Personal Injury 01908 689365Anne is a Consultant to the Personal Injury Department. Anne is ranked as a leader in her field by Chamber and Partners Legal Directory. She has more than 30 years’ experience representing clients who have suffered serious brain or life-changing injuries, clinical negligence and fatal accidents.
Ann Summerling Senior Associate
Personal Injury 01908 689368Ann is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives who joined Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors in May 2006. She has extensive experience in handling all types of personal injury claims.
Kerry Gibbs Associate
Personal Injury 01908 692769Kerry has worked in the legal industry for over 20 years, in various roles acting on behalf of claimants and defendants. The majority of her experience has been gained in Personal Injury, where she worked her way up to client account manager for a large corporation before specialising in claimant based work.
Herma Hirst Litigation Executive
Personal Injury 01908 689375Herma is a very experienced litigator who has been running complex personal and clinical negligence cases for over 20 years. She is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Samantha Pegg Paralegal
Personal Injury 01908 689372Samantha is the newest member of the Personal Injury team, who joins us as a Paralegal after graduating with a First Class Honours in Law (LLB) from the University of Buckingham, and completing her Legal Practice Course and LLM in Legal Practice from De Montfort University. Samantha works alongside Kerry Gibbs and Sam Seaford on a variety of personal injury matters including Road Traffic Accident claims.
Ariana Kirton-Mogort Paralegal
Personal Injury 01908 689328Ariana is the newest member of our Personal Injury team and joins us as a Paralegal. After graduating from Buckingham University with an LLB, Ariana completed her Legal Practice Course and LLM with De Montfort University. Having always had a passion for studying law, she chose to specifically study personal injury during her master’s degree.