Cyclists are among some of the most vulnerable road users. Every year, thousands of cyclists are injured on UK roads - some fatally so. In 2015, 18,844 cyclists were reported to the police as being hurt in road accidents, 3,239 of whom were killed or seriously injured. But, in accidents not involving another vehicle, which the police do not record, these figures could be even higher.

Thompsons Solicitors’ skilled road traffic accident lawyers, many of whom are keen cyclists themselves, have directly seen the devastating impact these types of accidents can have on cyclists and their families. Thompsons Solicitors has decades of experience in successfully supporting victims of cycling incidents, helping them to secure financial compensation for the physical, emotional and economic hardship their injuries have caused. We campaign with road safety groups for better cycle safety in the UK and only ever represent injured people, and never on behalf of insurers.

If you or a family member have been involved in a cycling accident and want to know if you can make a road traffic compensation claim, speak to Thompsons Solicitors’ road traffic accident lawyers on 0800 0224 224, or fill out our no-obligation Start a Claim form and we will call you back within 24 hours.


1. Who can make a cycling accident compensation claim?

If you are aged 18 or over and have been knocked off your bike by another road user, or suffered injuries in a road accident while on your bicycle, then you should contact our road accident specialists to investigate a claim for compensation.

2. What types of personal injuries are common in cycling accident claims?

Cycling injuries vary extensively – from cuts and bruises through to broken bones and brain and spinal injuries, in addition to psychological trauma. To make a cycling accident compensation claim, our road traffic lawyers will need to demonstrate a direct link between your injuries and your accident.

3. How much does it cost to make a cycling accident compensation claim?

We try to keep our charges as low as possible, so you can keep the the maximum compensation. If you are a trade union member, you can access free legal advice and representation on behalf of Thompsons Solicitors through your union’s legal service. Your family members may also benefit from your union membership – speak to your union representative for more information.

If you are not a trade union member, Thompsons Solicitors offers other payment options, including a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’ – known as ‘no win, no fee’. Our road traffic specialists will be happy to discuss these options with you – call 0800 0 224 224 today.

4. How much personal injury compensation could I receive for my cycling injury?

Every cycling accident and injury is different, and has a unique impact on the cyclist and their family as a result, compensation amounts can vary considerably. Our road accident lawyers will seek to get back any expenses you have incurred since the accident, including any loss of earnings, or the cost of home adaptation or long-term medical care for those with particularly severe injuries.

5. How long will I have to wait for compensation for my cycling accident claim?

The length of time taken to secure personal injury compensation for a cyclist accident claim differs according to the complexity of the case, but rest assured our lawyers will ensure you are kept up-to-date on the developments of your cycling accident claim. We understand the importance of bring your claim to a swift conclusion, so you can try and put the accident behind you and get on with your life. Unlike some lawyers, just because we’ve tried to settle your cycling accident claim as quickly as possible doesn’t not mean we will under-settle your compensation claim.

6. Do I need a medical report to make a compensation claim?

Yes. Medical reports are important to demonstrate the injuries caused by your cycling accident and their long-term, as well as immediate, impact on your lifestyle and health. Our experienced road accident solicitors will arrange for you to see a medical expert as quickly as possible, at a time and place convenient to you.

7. Is there a time limit on making a claim for a cycling accident?

Yes. All personal injury claims are subject to a three-year deadline from the day of your injury. There are few exceptions. We recommend anyone who has been injured in a cycling accident to get in touch with our road accident experts sooner rather than later, not least because the quicker you start your claim, the less likely you are to forget details of the accident that may prove important to your case.

To start a claim, call our friendly team on 0800 0 224 224, or fill in our simple online claim form.

8. I was knocked off my bike in a hit-and-run incident and the driver is untraceable. Can I still make a cycling accident compensation claim?

Yes. Even if the driver responsible for your accident is untraceable, you can still make a claim for compensation. Thompsons Solicitors’ team will help you make a claim to the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB), and will work the police and witnesses to gather any additional information that may be needed to progress your cyclist accident compensation claim.

9. I was knocked off my bike by an uninsured driver – can I make a cycle accident claim?

Yes. The MIB also offers a scheme to compensate people injured by uninsured drivers. We will work with the authorities and witnesses to gather information that we can present to the MIB on your behalf.

10. Why should I choose Thompsons Solicitors to make a cycling accident claim?

Thompsons Solicitors’ road traffic accident experts always act in the best interest of individuals and never for the car insurance industry, or insurers in general. The firm has a long and proud history of standing up for injured cyclists and their loved ones, and of successfully securing them substantial financial compensation.

To find out more about how we can help you with your claim, call us on 0800 0 224 224.