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A guide to claiming compensation after a cycling accident

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), 17,550 cyclists were injured on the roads in 2018, 4,205 of whom were killed or seriously injured.

If you, or a non-working member of your family, have been injured in a cycling accident, we can support you in securing compensation. Find out more on what to do after a bike accident and how you can claim compensation in our guide:

What to do after a bike accident

If you are involved in a bicycle accident, follow these steps:

• Get off the road and away from further harm. Assess your injuries and, if you are seriously hurt, call 999 for an ambulance. Remember to also call the police to report the accident. Even if you aren’t seriously injured, we would still recommend you go to your GP for further assessment.
• If no one else is injured, and you are okay to do so, make the area safe by moving your bike onto the pavement.
• Collect the names, addresses and any car registration details of anyone else involved in incident.
• Gather the details of any witnesses who saw the accident and are willing to give evidence.
• Contact Unite Legal Services to start your claim.

Frequently asked questions about cycling accident claims

Can I make a claim if the bike accident was partly my fault?

You may still be able to make a claim for compensation even if you were partly to blame – this is known as contributory negligence. Our team of expert solicitors can advise you further on whether or not you have a claim.

Will it cost me to make a cycling accident claim?

As a Unite member, you are entitled to free legal advice and representation, so making a claim with Unite Legal Service won’t cost you a penny. What’s more, unlike with many non-specialist, high-street solicitors, you’ll keep 100% of any compensation you secure.

How much compensation will I receive?

The amount of compensation you receive will depend upon your individual case, the extent of your injuries and the impact the accident has had on your life, but our cycling accident solicitors will work hard to secure you as much compensation as possible.

How long do I have after my accident to make a claim?

You have three years from the date of your accident, or from when you become aware of your injuries, to make a claim, but we recommend getting in touch as soon as possible.

Why should I choose Unite Legal Services to support with my claim?

Our dedicated team of solicitors have decades of experience in representing Unite members in cycling accident claims. They can also arrange access to expert specialist support and rehabilitation, where appropriate.

Find out how we helped Nathan secure £120,000 in compensation after he was injured following an accident where he was knocked off his bike by a car.

Learn how we supported the family of a London cyclist who was sadly killed in a cycling accident.

How do I claim after a cycle accident?

If you are ready to talk to us about making a claim, just call us on 0800 709 007 or, alternatively, contact your regional Unite office for more information.