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Can I Claim If I Was Hit By A Car On My Bike?

This guide will explore the question, “Can I claim compensation after I was hit by a car on my bike?”.  It will discuss the eligibility criteria that apply to road traffic accident claims, the evidence you could gather to strengthen your case, and how compensation for a successful bicycle accident claim is calculated.

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Can I Claim If I Was Hit By A Car On My Bike?

Additionally, we discuss the duty of care road users, including drivers, owe to each other with regard to one another’s health, safety, and well being on the roads. You can also find examples of the types of injuries that could be sustained in a bike accident and how these could be caused by a negligent driver.

Cycling accident claims can be made easier with the support of a specialist personal injury solicitor. As such, we look at how our expert solicitors could assist you under No Win No Fee terms.

If you have any other questions on road traffic accident claims, please reach out to us. We can offer free advice and provide a no-obligation initial consultation in which we can assess your case and determine whether you’re eligible to seek compensation.

To get in touch about your potential cycle accident claim, you can:

  • Call on 0151 375 9916.
  • Connect to our 24/7 live chat service.
  • Use our “Contact Us” page to tell us about your case.

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Can I Claim If I Was Hit By A Car On My Bike?

Road users owe a duty of care to one another. This duty requires them to operate the roads in a way that avoids causing harm or damage to themselves and other road users. To uphold this duty, they must follow the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Rule 204 of the Highway Code states that cyclists are one of the road users that requires extra care. It also states that in any interaction between road users, those who have the ability to cause the most harm, have a greater responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they pose to others. As such, whilst cyclists and drivers both owe a duty of care, drivers have a greater responsibility to reduce the danger they pose to cyclists.

In order to make a personal injury claim after you were hit by a car on your bike, you must prove negligence. In tort law, this means:

  • A road users, such as a driver, owed you a duty of care.
  • This duty was breached.
  • You sustained injuries as a result of the breach of duty.

To discuss your specific case, please get in touch with us by calling the number above. We can answer the question ‘Can I claim if I was hit by a car on my bike?’ and explain the eligibility criteria in further detail.

How Could A Cyclist Be Knocked Off Their Bike By A Car?

There are several ways a cyclist could be hit by a car on their bike. For example:

  • A driver may have crashed into you on your bike while you were waiting at a set of traffic lights in the designated cycling box.
  • A driver may have failed to leave enough room while overtaking.
  • There may have been a failure by a driver to check their blind spot before driving off from the side of a road.

Common Injuries To Cyclists Hit By Cars

According to national statistics relating to pedal cycle accidents from the Department for Transport, 91 pedal cyclists were killed, 4,056 were seriously injured, and 11,546 were slightly injured in 2022.

Some examples of the types of injuries cyclists could suffer after being knocked off their bike include:

  • Head and brain injuries.
  • Back and spinal cord injuries.
  • Cuts, bruises, lacerations and soft tissue injuries.
  • Broken or fractured bones.
  • Traumatic amputations.

To discuss your specific case, please get in touch with us and find out whether you could seek compensation for your injuries sustained in a bicycle accident.

How Much Compensation Will I Get For A Bike Accident?

You might be wondering how much compensation for a bike accident and the subsequent injuries sustained that you could receive. However, each claim is unique so settlements will vary depending on the individual circumstances of the claim.

Usually, though, personal injury compensation payouts can consist of the following heads of loss:

  • General damages: Compensating for the pain and suffering of the injuries, physical, psychological, or both.
  • Special damages: Compensating for the financial losses incurred due to the injuries, such as lost income, travel expenses, and care costs. Evidence can help prove these losses, such as receipts and payslips.

To help value your injuries, you might be asked to attend an  independent medical assessment. The report that follows can help those responsible for calculating the value of general damages. Additionally, they can refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) which lists guideline compensation brackets for a range of physical and psychological injuries.

Compensation Table

The table contains figures from the JCG, with the exception of the first entry. You should use this table as a guide only.

InjurySeverityCompensation Bracket GuidelinesExtra Information
Multiple severe injuries with special damagesSevereUp to £1,000,000 and aboveCompensation for several injuries of a severe nature alongside financial losses incurred, such as lost income, care costs, and medical expenses.
Brain InjuryVery Severe£282,010 to £403,990Life expectancy, degree of insight, the extent of any physical limitations, and the ability to communicate and other factors will all be considered when determining the award given for cases in this bracket.
Moderately Severe£219,070 to £282,010Similar factors to the bracket above will be considered when valuing the award given for cases.
Neck Severe (i)Around £148,330Cases of a neck injury resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis or associated with incomplete paraplegia.
Moderate (i)£24,990 to £38,490Includes dislocations or fractures that result in severe immediate symptoms and could require spinal fusion.
Back Severe (i)£91,090 to £160,980Severe disability and pain from the most serious back injuries involving spinal cord or nerve root damage.
Moderate (i)£27,760 to £38,780An example of an injury in this bracket is damage to an intervertebral disc with nerve root irritation as well as reduced mobility.
PelvisSevere (i)£78,400 to £130,930Extensive pelvis fractures involving a dislocated low back joint along with a ruptured bladder.
Moderate (i)£26,590 to £39,170Significant pelvis or hip injury. There is no permanent disability and the future risk of this isn't great.

Please get in touch if you’d like to check how much compensation you could get for a bike accident.

What Evidence Could Help Me If I Was Hit By A Car On My Bike?

If you’re wondering ‘Can I claim if I was hit by a car on my bike?’, it’s important to gather evidence to show you meet the eligibility criteria and have valid grounds to pursue compensation.

As such, you should collect evidence to help show that another road user breached their duty of care, and that you experienced harm as a result.

Examples of the evidence you could collect include:

  • Pictures taken at the accident scene. This can include photos of your injuries, any damage to your bike, and the cause of the accident.
  • Dashcam or helmet cam footage of the accident.
  • Contact information of any potential witnesses in case statements are required later on.
  • Details of any medical treatment you received via copies of your medical records.
  • Police report, if applicable.

If your claim is valid and one of our experienced solicitors offers to take your case on, they may be able to help you collect evidence to substantiate your claim. We are happy to assess your bicycle accident claim for free to see if it is valid so why not reach out to us today?

Make A No Win No Fee Cyclist Accident Claim

If one of our expert cycle accident solicitors takes on your claim, they’ll work under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which is a type of No Win No Fee service.

This type of contract typically means that:

  • No fees for your solicitor’s work are paid upfront, while the claim is being processed or if the claim fails.
  • You pay a success fee (a percentage of your compensation) if the claim is won. This success fee percentage is legally capped, ensuring you keep the majority of the awarded settlement.

For a free consultation with no obligation to continue with our services, please reach out to us. We can answer any questions you might have and may be able to connect you with a solicitor to begin working on your case.

To reach out, you can:

  • Call on 0151 375 9916.
  • Connect to our 24/7 live chat service.
  • Use our “Contact Us” page to tell us about your case.

Read More About Making A Cyclist Injury Claim

Here are a few more of our road traffic accident claims guides:

Also, we’ve linked to some external guides that may be useful:

If you have any further questions relating to, “Can I claim after I was hit by a car on my bike?”, please call today.

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