There are doubtless few things in life that rival the enjoyment of a bike ride on a warm summer’s day. Cycling is becoming increasingly popular in the UK both as a way of getting from place to place and for leisure and is a great way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is also seen as a good environmentally-friendly alternative to fossil-fuel based modes of transport such as cars and buses.
However, as is the case with most physical activities, cycling is similarly laden with risks of potentially very serious personal injury and this is especially the case in an era which remains predominantly dominated by the car and other heavy motor vehicles. Being involved in a cycling accident can be traumatic and distressing even at the best of times but can be worse when the accident was caused by someone else. If you have been involved in an accident that has resulted in any degree of bodily damage then you may be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim.
What injuries are most commonly associated with cycling accidents?
The risk of personal injury increases significantly if precautionary measures are not taken to adequately protect oneself from harm. You can dramatically reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a cycling injury by addressing these measures by dressing in high visibility clothing in the dark and wearing a cycling helmet at all times to sufficiently protect yourself from potentially very serious brain injury. Whilst not being able to prevent accidents from happening, these precautions can ensure the most serious injuries are avoided. Some of the most common injuries that result from cycling accidents include:
Facial Injuries – These injuries commonly happen after a collision with a car and are usually in the form of bone fractures and scarring.
Wrist Injuries – These injuries are normally caused by the cyclist putting their hands out in order to break their fall and often result in Colles fractures, sprains and strains.
Ankle Injuries – These injuries are caused by the ankle being twisted unnaturally beyond its normal range of motion or by the ankle striking or being struck by a hard object or surface at high speed and usually result in fractures, sprains and strains.
Head Injuries – These injuries can range from being limited to minor cuts and bruises to being extremely serious and, if bad enough, can cause varying degrees of brain damage.
Shoulder Injuries – These injuries involve fractures to the collarbone or upper arm, medically known as the clavicle and the humerus respectively. This can be an extremely painful and debilitating injury to sustain particularly if the affected shoulder is dominant.
Knee Injuries – These injuries, like ankle injuries, are most commonly caused by the knee striking or being struck by hard objects or surfaces at high speed when the cyclist falls from the bike. Future cycling abilities of the victim can also be severely affected by injuries to this part of the body.
Abrasion Injuries – Also sometimes known as road rash, these injuries can be very painful and result from the victim being dragged along the ground, causing the skin in contact with it to be scraped off.
Psychological Injuries – These injuries can prove to be devastating for the victim and, although most cyclists who are involved in accidents don’t suffer any serious future psychological impact, it is not completely unheard of. Those who do will often find that it relates directly to the accident itself or from the treatment they receive. It may also relate to the injuries they have suffered and this is particularly the case if those injuries are serious and visible.
How much compensation could I be entitled to?
The amount of compensation you could be eligible to claim for a cycling injury is dependent upon several key factors. This includes the overall extent of the damage your body has sustained, how the accident that caused the injury happened, to what extent you are expected to recover, the amount of time you have had to take off work to recover and when the accident happened. Higher amounts tend to be awarded for injuries resulting in more severe bodily damage with the lowest amounts generally being awarded for less serious injuries requiring little to no hospitalisation.
As every case of cycling injury is different, it is difficult to detail typical amounts as multiple parts of the body can be damaged and to very different degrees. To get a better understanding of how much compensation you could be entitled to as well as other additional information, take a look at our Types of Bodily Injury page where you will find details of the different parts of the body that can be injured in accidents, how they can be injured, how they can be treated and the amounts that are typically awarded for injuries to specific parts of the body with varying degrees of severity.
What can compensation be claimed for and how can it be used?
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a cycling accident that was caused by someone else and is successfully awarded compensation, the money with which you are awarded can be used to reimburse you for various different things other than the damage sustained to your body. The amount you claim is based on the overall losses you have suffered and tends to primarily cover losses for personal injury but can additionally be used to pay for indirect losses which have come about as a result of the accident. You can also claim compensation if you have had to travel to medical appointments or pay for any private treatment as the NHS only provides some treatment and it is also common for cyclists injured in accidents to pay for additional treatment themselves.
Give Tylers a call today
Making a personal injury compensation claim with Tylers could not be easier. We have helped a lot of people who have been involved in cycling accidents that were the fault of someone else by awarding them with the compensation they deserve and helping them get their lives back on track. We understand that whilst stopping short of being able to turn back the clock and making things right again and how they were before, compensation can go a long way towards helping you rebuild your shattered life after a devastating accident of this type and getting you back to living a life that as closely as possible resembles the one you lived prior to the accident.
In order to make a valid claim, the accident must have happened a maximum of three years ago and you will be required to prove that it was not your fault but that of someone else. If you can do this and have sufficient evidence then give us a call today and let us help you get the compensation that is rightfully yours. Our expert team of personal injury solicitors have many years combined experience and will guide you every step of the way through the claims process, keeping you updated and doing their utmost to secure an amount that is both satisfactory to you and adequately proportionate to the level of suffering you have endured. So hesitate no longer and give us a call now and take that first step towards recovery.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.
-By Lee Kirton