Injured in a bike accident?

If you're injured in any kind of bicycle accident you may be able to make a cycling accident compensation claim and be entitled to a range of benefits. The circumstances of your bike accident will determine the legal options available to you.

We can help you through any type of bicycle accident

Public roads can be a hazardous place for bicycle riders. A range of accidents can happen if you or the other road users around you aren't careful.

Two of the common accidents we see are 'car-dooring' accidents and accidents caused by potholes.

'Car-dooring' accidents

There has been a disturbing trend of cyclists being injured or killed as a result of collisions or attempts to avoid collisions, specifically from car door openings, also known as 'car-dooring'.

As the number of cyclists on our roads increases, motorists, and in some instances passengers, should be more aware of the likelihood of riders on the street and be mindful when opening car doors.

In 1995, the laws were improved to cover cyclists who have been hit by an opening car door. However, many injured cyclists are not aware of their right to entitlements under the state’s motor vehicle injury insurance scheme and, as a result, are not getting access to medical care and compensation.

The area of law relating to cyclists is complex and it's important that cyclists seek independent legal advice if they’ve been in an accident involving a vehicle or a near-miss with a vehicle.

Cycling accidents caused by potholes

Unlike bicycle accidents that involve a motor vehicle, pothole accidents are not covered by the insurance company or regulatory body in your state. Instead, these injuries are covered by the other party, such as the council's, public liability insurance.

To be successful in a claim for public liability, you must prove that your injury, loss or damage was caused by the fault or wrong-doing of another party.

Learn more about public liability

What to do if you're injured in a bicycle accident

If you are injured in a cycling accident, you should do the following things.

Your entitlements

Cycling provides a range of physical and mental health benefits. But if you have been injured in any kind of cycling accident, there may be a range of negative consequences you have to deal with - such as your capacity to work and serious injuries you need to recover from. Because of this, you may be entitled to a range of benefits and compensation.

Compensation and benefits available to injured bicycle riders may include:

  • Lost income

  • Medical expenses

  • Rehabilitation

  • Vocational training

  • Assistance returning to work

  • Cost of home and vehicle modifications

  • Household help

  • Childcare

  • Gardening services

If the accident wasn't your fault

Depending on your injury, you may also be entitled to claim lump sum damages for pain and suffering and loss of earnings if you can show that the accident was caused by the negligence or fault of another party.

Making a claim

You'll need to lodge a claim with the insurance company or regulatory body in your state.

Learn more about making a transport accident claim

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Many of our senior lawyers are highly experienced in managing cycling claims. By choosing an accredited lawyer with extensive experience in cycling accident claims, you can expect the highest quality legal services and the best possible results.

Where appropriate, we appoint reputable experts, such as engineers, who will examine the accident circumstances and provide a comprehensive report as to how the accident occurred. In addition, we engage quality medical experts who can assess how an injury is likely to affect you over the course of your life.

Our cycling accident lawyers are not only committed to helping you access compensation, but are dedicated to pursuing insurers for important rehabilitative benefits such as physiotherapy, domestic assistance and gym memberships to help improve your quality of life.

Fees

Slater and Gordon's No Win - No Fee* arrangement is generally available for all bike accident claims. This means you do not pay for professional fees unless your case is successful. If your case is successful, our fees are not a percentage of your compensation payout. Fees are agreed to upfront so there are no hidden or unexpected costs.

The No Win - No Fee* arrangement is designed to help those whose financial circumstances might otherwise deny them access to legal representation.

You will receive a document setting out the details of the No Win - No Fee* arrangement after your first appointment. You've not committed to anything until you sign and return the document to us. This is so you can take the time to understand your options and make a decision you're happy with.

Learn more about our fees

No Win - No Fee*

No win no fee means that you will not be liable to pay legal costs unless your case is successful.

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We're here to help. Make an enquiry now.

If you have a question, want some more information or would just like to speak to someone, make an enquiry now and our Motor Vehicle Accidents team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Call us on 1800 555 777

We're here to help. Make an enquiry now.

If you have a question, want some more information or would just like to speak to someone, make an enquiry now and our Motor Vehicle Accidents team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Call us on 1800 555 777