Have you been injured in a bicycle accident? You might be able to claim for compensation. It doesn’t matter if you were riding on a road or a sidewalk, or if the collision was your fault or another party’s fault. A lawyer who understands these types of claims will be able to determine whether your injuries and circumstances give you good grounds to pursue bike accident compensation.
There are many cyclists in Australia. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of cycling accidents, and the unprotected nature of a bicycle leaves its rider vulnerable to serious injuries. As such, the team at Sinnamon Lawyers deals with bike accident claims frequently. Your cycling accident lawyer will try your case on a No Win No Fee basis.
The Cycling Accident Compensation Process
Every case plays out in a slightly different way, but there is a general process that bike accident claims go through. The five typical stages of a case look like this:
- A Sinnamon Lawyers representative will talk with you to gain an understanding of your injuries and the incident that caused them.
- An agreement will be signed between you and your lawyer, and then they will start forming the foundation of your case.
- Our team will gather evidence to support your case over a number of months (usually 6 to 9).
- We will undertake negotiations with the involved party/parties to try and reach a settlement out of court.
- If successful, we will finalise the settlement then process your money (if not, we will take your case to court and continue fighting for your compensation).
A cycling accident claim can feel like a long journey, but your lawyer can be of assistance every step along the way.
How do I know if I have a cycling accident claim?
Without thorough knowledge of personal injury law, it can be difficult to know whether you have a genuine claim or not. This is why speaking with a bicycle injury lawyer is a great first step.
When you seek legal advice, it’s important to provide as much detail about the accident and injuries as you can. This will help your representative identify the legitimacy of your case and determine the best way to approach the legal proceedings.
Even if you’re not sure if you have a case, there’s no harm in asking for legal advice – particularly if the bike accident has left a significant mark on your income and/or livelihood.
How long does a cycling accident claim take?
The standard timeframe from initiation to settlement is about 12-18 months; however, the duration varies from case to case. For example, a matter that gets settled out of court will generally conclude faster than one that goes to court. Other factors, such as the complexity of the case, can also alter how long the claim takes.
What can I claim from my cycling accident?
Compensation payments are intended to cover the gap between your anticipated life path and your altered life path (i.e. how it has changed since the accident occurred). Items that can be factored into your compensation amount include:
- Loss of earnings
- Hospital bills
- Medical costs
- At-home help
- Pain and suffering
Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be able to claim for any combination of these items.
Can I make a CTP claim?
If your accident involved a motor vehicle and was at least partly the fault of another person, you could potentially make a CTP (Compulsory Third Party) claim. This means the claim would be made to the at-fault vehicle’s CTP insurer (e.g. RACQ or Allianz).
Even if you’ve been ‘doored’ while cycling (i.e. when someone inside a vehicle has unexpectedly opened their car door and you weren’t able to avoid it), a CTP claim may be an option for you.
For answers to all your cycling accident compensation questions, please phone us on 1800 007 277. Our lawyers will be more than happy to assist you.