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Cycling accident claims and compensation

At Leigh Day, we’re passionate about cycling and cyclists. We are the exclusive providers of legal services to members of British Cycling and the British Triathlon Federation. But we also believe in the bike’s potential to transform our towns and cities into cleaner, safer and better places to live. 

That’s why we’re proud of our work campaigning for safer conditions for cycling. However, there’s still a long road ahead and sadly cycling collisions and injuries remain common on our roads. 

If you’ve had a crash, you need clear advice and support throughout the legal process to get you back in the saddle. 
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Our dedicated cycling lawyers – part of our personal injury team - specialise in providing legal advice to all types of people injured on their bikes. This includes those:
  • Racing
  • Touring
  • Training
  • Commuting to work 
  • Simply getting from A to B on your bike

Whatever injuries you suffer – from road rash and broken bones to life changing brain and spinal damage – our team are experts in the consequences and laws around cycling crashes. We can deal with insurance companies and the police to support you through the legal process, while focusing on your physical and mental rehabilitation as well. 

Ready to talk? Contact our specialist cycling accident solicitors about your claim. Call 020 7650 1200 or


Types of cycling crashes

In 2018, there were 17,451 cyclists injured in Great Britain, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Cyclists accounted for 14.5% of all serious injuries and 10.3% of all slight injuries among road users in the same period – despite cycling making up less than 1% of road traffic.  

While road crashes are a common cause for cycling injuries, many other incidents could lead to a successful cycling accident claim. These include:
  • Collisions – Vehicles pulling out of a junction, onto a roundabout or into the path of a cyclist when turning or changing lanes, as the driver fails to look. 
  • Bike failure – Faulty parts or negligent fitting of components can lead to a sudden failure of brakes or loss of balance. This can cause serious injury, whether you collide with a vehicle, wall or the ground.
  • Poor roads – No matter how careful you are, hitting a pothole, water or oil spillage on the roads can be unavoidable and result in skidding and injuries. 
  • Car door opening – Even parked cars can cause injuries when drivers or passengers fail to check behind them. Opening a door can knock cyclists off their bikes or cause them to swerve into the road. 
  • Sports – Specific training, touring and racing crashes can occur due to problems with the equipment, track or negligence. The impact of injuries can affect your routine and training.    

Cycling injuries

The type and severity of your cycling incident will directly affect your injuries. Common cycling injuries resulting from any kind of collision include:
  • Road rash – Surface injuries commonly caused by minor skids and falls. Road rash heals quickly and can be treated with antiseptic and certain creams.    
  • Soft tissue injuries – More serious than road rash, bruising to soft tissue areas usually takes longer to heal. 
  • Fractures and broken bones – Broken collarbones, wrists, ankles, ribs and skull fractures are common for cyclists involved in serious collisions.   
  • Brain and head injuries – Serious, life-changing injuries can include brain damage and head injuries after being knocked off your bike. 
  • Spinal injuries – Damage to your spine can cause paralysis and serious injuries that require specialist rehabilitation treatment. 

Leigh Day’s cycling claims team

The impact of an injury can disrupt your normal life and even change it forever. If you have suffered an injury while cycling, our aim is to get you the rehabilitation and compensation you need to return to the saddle as soon as you can.

Our specialist cycling claims team helps you achieve your goals – from the speedy replacement of your bike, to providing advice on employer obligations when returning to work with a disability.  

We know taking legal action can be a leap into the unknown. Our role is to be your experienced guide, giving you the benefit of years of experience.

We work to get you the best possible outcome for your cycling accident claim, as swiftly and professionally as possible.


Meet the team

Our cycling claims team has focused on cycling law and claims for more than 20 years. Since 1999, it has been exclusively retained by British Cycling and the British Triathlon Federation – providing a first class legal service for their members. 

The team is made up of experienced personal injury lawyers with a strong expertise and interest in cycling law and related areas – such as road traffic collisions, and brain and spinal injuries. We are accredited as expert advisers in cases of serious head, spinal cord and brain injury claims by the:
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
  • Child Brain Injury Trust
  • Headway
  • UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) 
  • Spinal Injuries Association 

Four of our team are accredited as personal injury specialists by the Law Society as well.

Our cycling campaigns

Our passion for cycling and cyclists is evident through the various campaigns we work on. We’re also members of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group and Action on Lorry Danger Group. Find out more about some of the key cycling campaigns we work on: 

Making a cycling accident claim

Normally, you need to start any bicycle injury claims within three years of the incident that caused your injuries. Exceptions apply when claiming for a child or loved one lacking the mental capacity to bring a claim themselves.

Who can claim?

If you’ve had a crash or sustained injuries in another type of cycling collision  that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to bring a claim. You can also make a claim on behalf of:
  • Your child injured in a cycling crash – any time before their 18th birthday. 
  • A loved one who lacks the mental capacity to make a claim themselves (as a litigation friend) – no time limits apply.
  • A loved one who died from their injuries related to a cycling incident – within three years of the occurrence. 

Who your claim is against will depend on the specifics of your case. For example, if your injuries were sustained due to poor road conditions then it may be brought against the local council, whereas for a road traffic collision the claim could be made against the driver of the vehicle responsible for the crash.

We work with insurance companies and the police, helping you through the steps that you need to take. If your injury was caused by an uninsured or untraced driver, we will deal with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau on your behalf.  

How to start a cycling accident claim

Contact our specialist team of cycling solicitors for a free initial consultation. Explain the details of your case and they will advise on whether you have a claim and what to do next to progress your case. 

You may be asked to gather as much supporting evidence as possible, to help prove your case and responsibility for your injuries. This can include:
  • Medical records and documents;
  • Witness statements from the scene of the crash;
  • Photographs and/or videos of the collision – such as dash cam, helmet cam or mobile phone footage
  • Images and maps of the location where it happened;
  • Documents related to your bike, helmet and any other protective gear;
  • Financial records.

Speak to a bicycle injury lawyer today:
  • Call 020 7650 1200 and talk to one of our cycle accident solicitors or 

Cycling accident compensation

The amount of compensation you could be awarded will depend on the seriousness of your injuries, their impact on your life and professional cycling career (where relevant). 

We focus on securing compensation so you can return to your pre-crash quality of life where possible. This can include securing early interim payments to help with your rehabilitation, treatment and purchase of specialist equipment.  

Cycling accident compensation can be used to cover any costs to support your rehabilitation, financial and physical suffering, such as:
  • Loss of earnings
  • Treatment and therapy costs
  • Travel expenses to rehabilitation sessions
  • Specialist equipment and care
  • Physical and mental pain
  • Replacing your bicycle and any other equipment damaged

Cycling claims case studies

Over the years, we have secured millions of pounds for thousands of people injured while cycling. Until our cities become safer for all road users, we will continue to fight for the injured. Here some of our clients tell what happened to them:
  • Gianluca’s story – Learn how Leigh Day helped Gianluca get back in the saddle.
  • Laura’s story – Laura explains how her British Cycling membership helped her bring a claim. 
  • Matt’s story – Matt talks about what it felt like to get back on his bike again. 
  • Suresh’s story – Hear British Triathlon member Suresh tell his story.

Contact Leigh Day to discuss any bicycle accident claims. Call 020 7650 1200 or

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