Are you wondering how much your bicycle accident settlement may be worth? This page will detail some of the average bicycle accident settlement amounts in the UK.
What Is a Bicycle Claim Settlement?
When a bicycle accident or other road traffic collision occurs, there is usually a dispute between two or more parties. A dispute can occur when the parties are unable to agree on who was at fault for the accident. Even if one party acknowledges that they were at fault, they may only accept partial blame and might either accuse the other party as being partly responsible or argue against some of the damage that is reported. During the early stages following an accident, it’s important that, in conjunction with police and solicitors, strong evidence is gathered to determine what exactly happened and who was responsible for what.
As part of a bicycle claim, solicitors will argue who was responsible and the impact of the accident. In particular, solicitors on the side of the cyclist will present evidence that shows the negative impact that the accident has had on the cyclist’s life. When a cyclist’s life has been significantly impacted, whether from severe physical injuries or mental health problems, they will be provided with adequate compensation that reflects the impact. The solicitors will come up with a valuation that they believe best reflects the amount of compensation that the victim deserves.
There are two parts to reaching a successful claim: the suspect accepting responsibility followed by them accepting the proposed compensation damages. If responsibility is accepted, then both parties will work together to reach a compensation agreement, also known as a bicycle claim settlement. Reaching a settlement involves a lot of negotiation before both parties are satisfied. In most cases, a claim settlement is usually reached. However, if a settlement is not reached, then the case will go to a court where a judge will make the final decision.
Bicycle Accident Settlement Amounts UK
Every bicycle accident claim is different, so it’s impossible to provide exact figures for all situations. The settlement amounts can vary depending on age, gender, physical injuries (including severity), medical costs, losses, and the responsible party’s actions that led to the accident. Below is a summary of some of the average settlement amounts in the UK for bicycle accidents based on common injuries.
- Total blindness in one eye – £252,180
- Loss of feeling in limbs – £235,115
- Loss of wrist function – £50,435
- Amputation of both legs – £245,350
- Fractures of the hand – £4,461
- Severe PTSD – £75,325
- Very severe scarring to the face – £59,645
- Severe neck injury – £90,945
- Amputation of both arms – £253,740
- Severe brain damage leading to vegetable state – £321,875
If you’ve suffered an injury not covered in the above list, then don’t be afraid to reach out to an accident solicitor. They can provide a rough and free estimate of the average settlement amounts for your specific injuries. When further information is gathered, including your unique characteristics and how the accident occurred, they can provide a more accurate figure.
Examples of UK Bicycle Accident Settlements
While every bicycle accident is different, one of the best ways to gauge how much your settlement may be worth is by looking at cases in the real world. This section will provide some real-life examples of bicycle accidents that have been reported by the UK media, along with the settlement amounts that the cyclist received.
A Cyclist in Leeds Wins a Settlement of £7,200
In May 2021, it was reported that a cyclist in Leeds had won a £7,200 settlement payout following a bicycle accident. Edward Forth was cycling along a road on a wet and overcast day when a car crashed into him. Due to the impact, Mr Forth was flung through the driver’s side window. He sustained a broken collarbone, damage to his knee and ankle, and multiple bruises and scrapes. While Mr Forth took measures to increase his visibility by equipping extra lights to his bike and wearing fluorescent yellow trousers, the motorist entered a yellow box junction and claimed to have not seen the bike. Mr Forth took time off work following the accident and struggled to cope when he returned due to the physical demands of his role. The bicycle settlement amount helped him to pay for his recovery and begin the healing process so that his life could return to normal as soon as possible.
Find Out More About Bicycle Compensation
We are experts on the subject of bicycle compensation. Our solicitors have decades of experiencing helping clients reach successful settlement agreements, allowing them to receive the financial support they need to recover. View our bicycle accident compensation calculator to find out more about how much you may receive. Don’t waste any time – start your claim with us today by receiving free, no-obligation advice.