Bike and Cycle Accident Claims in Scotland


Cycle Accident Compensation Claims

If you’ve been in a cycle accident in Scotland that wasn’t your fault, we may be able to help you get compensation.

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 Cycling Accident Compensation Claims are On the Rise

With so many people making the effort to lower their carbon footprint, bike sales throughout Scotland have gone up significantly in recent years. But with the rise in bicycle popularity, there has also been a rise in the number of bike accidents and fatalities.

Many road users fail to take the necessary care around cyclists and this, combined with the fact that cyclists often have little protection, means cyclists run a greater risk of being seriously injured in an accident. This increase in cycle accidents has had a knock on effect on the number of bike accident compensation claims.

If this is something you’re considering, contact us for a no strings chat to see if you’re entitled to claim.

What are the main causes of bike accidents?

There are a variety of different issues that lead to cycle accidents across the UK, but the most commonly occurring ones are:

  1. The actions of other road users.
  1. Spilt liquid.
  1. Potholes and other road defects.
  1. Objects in the road.
  1. Mechanical faults or defective equipment.

What are the common impacts of a bike accident?

Injuries from a cycling accident can be severe, even life-threatening in some cases. Any cyclist who is in a road collision is likely to have to spend time in hospital, often followed by a lengthy rehabilitation period. They will usually require specialist services such as physiotherapy in order to make a full recovery.

All of this can put a huge physical and emotional strain on them and their family. Not to mention the financial hardship that comes with giving up work for a long period of time.

 

How important are cycle helmets to bike accident claims?

Using a cycling helmet is very important when it comes to making a cycle accident claim.  Under rules 59 to 82 of the Highway Code, cyclists should wear a helmet and reflective clothing to ensure that they can be seen by other road users. So, if you weren’t adhering to these rules when you were involved in an accident, this could have an impact on your claim.

It’s still worth speak to our cycle accident solicitors though. They will be able to advise you on the possibility of making a bicycle accident compensation claim, based on your specific circumstances.

 

How does a cycle accident claim work in Scotland?

There are several parts that make a bicycle accident claim, including the injury itself, as well as the cost of any damage to your bicycle and/or helmet.

The first step is to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation, after which we’ll be able to tell you if you’re entitled to claim. If you decide to go ahead, we will handle everything on your behalf – including contacting the person responsible for your accident to let them know you are seeking compensation. We will also keep you updated on the progress of your bike accident claim at all times, so you don’t have to worry about anything.

Who can make a cycle accident compensation claim?

You can claim for bicycle injury compensation after an accident if, as a cyclist, you were injured through no fault of their own. You might even be able to claim if you were partially responsible for the incident. However, in these cases the compensation awarded will be lower in value, due to your involvement.

What do I need to do to start a claim?

To pursue a cycle accident claim, you’ll have to attempt to identify the vehicle/driver responsible. You should provide as much information as possible about the accident, driver and the vehicle concerned. You must also report the incident to the police within 5 days of the accident. To claim for injury, you must report the incident to the police within 14 days.

What can I get cycling accident compensation for?

There are several factors that can be taken into account when making a bicycle accident claim. Provided you weren’t at fault, you have a right to be compensated for:

  • Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses.
  • Loss of earnings and/or earning capacity.
  • Replacement or repair of your bicycle and/or accessories affected by the accident.
  • Any future expenses as a result of the injury.
  • Home modification and care expenses.
  • Pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.

How much compensation will I get?

The amount of bicycle accident compensation you’ll be able to claim can vary considerably. When injuries are more significant, the compensation can be a lot higher because of the impact the injuries will have on your lifestyle, work, and relationships.

In such cases, the compensation received will support your recovery long after your claim to make sure you receive the appropriate treatment, support and rehabilitation.

Our bicycle accident compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for different cycling injuries. However, remember that this figure should only be taken as a guide.

 

Is there a time limit for claiming compensation for a cycling accident?

Yes, there is a three-year deadline for cycle accident claims in Scotland. That time period starts from the date of the bike accident. However, there are a few possible exceptions to this rule:

  • Mental capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves there’s no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
  • Children – for claims involving children under the age of 16, you have until their 19th birthday.
  • Car accidents abroad – deadlines differ from country to country, but you’ll still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.
  • Criminal injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for this is two years from the incident.

Moving forward with your cycle accident claim

If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident in Scotland, or overseas, you may well be entitled to compensation. To explore a bicycle accident claim, please get in touch with our no win no fee bicycle accident solicitors.

You can reach out to them on 0131 555 7055 or via our contact form, for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your circumstances. Our legal team is available evenings and weekends to make it as easy as possible for you to contact us about cycle accident compensation.


Cycling Accidents – Frequently Asked Questions

If you have suffered an injury while on your bike, you may be entitled to a claim for compensation.

The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details we will confirm if you’re entitled to claim. Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact the person responsible for your accident to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.

You can claim for compensation after an accident if you were a cyclist who was injured through no fault of their own.

If you’ve been involved in a cycling accident and you weren’t at fault you have a right to be compensated for:

  • Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
  • Loss of earnings or earning capacity
  • Replacement or repair of your bicycle, and accessories affected by the accident
  • Any future expenses as a result of the injury
  • Home modification and care expenses
  • Pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.

You might even be able to claim if you were partially responsible for the collision. However, in these cases, the compensation awarded will be lower in value, due to your involvement.

The standard cut-off date for making a personal injury claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

  • Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there’s no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
  • Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
  • MIB – if the vehicle which caused the damage/injury was uninsured or is untraced you may have a right to claim against the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB). The cut-off date for pursuing a claim against the MIB is usually 3 years from the date of the accident.
  • Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately (i.e. the vehicle was used as a weapon), you may have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.

 

 

Every case is completely different, and several factors influence how quickly your claim is settled. For example, the severity of injuries is a big aspect and also whether details for the vehicle and driver responsible can be traced. Unfortunately accidents where the vehicle and driver are untraced usually take much longer. When liability is in dispute, or where the driver/vehicle is located but was uninsured, it will usually take much longer for your claim to settle.

The amount of compensation you’ll be able to claim for can vary considerably. When injuries are more significant, the compensation can be a lot of higher because of the impact the injuries will have on your lifestyle, work and even personal relationships.  In such cases, the compensation received will support you throughout recovery and long after your claim to make sure you receive the appropriate treatment, support and rehabilitation.

Our personal injury compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, the figures should be taken as a guide.

For a complete and accurate analysis of your hit and run road traffic accident claim, please phone us on 0131 555 7055. Or contact us through our form.

In order to pursue a claim you must attempt enquiries to identify the vehicle/driver responsible. You must provide as much information as possible regarding the accident, driver and the vehicle concerned. You must report the incident to the police within 5 days of the accident. For claims for injury you must report the incident to the police within 14 days.