Just as in automotive accident cases, having an accident on a bicycle entitles you to compensation for your damaged bicycle, your injuries, and possibly lost income if your accident is the fault of someone else’s actions or carelessness. The case will involve proving fault and then determining the amount of bicycle accident compensation due.
Bicycle accident compensation for damages
Whether your bicycle was inexpensive off-the-rack, or high-end and specialised, you are entitled to the cost to repair or replace it. Your compensation will depend on the value of the bicycle that you were riding. This can be substantiated by a receipt from when you purchased it, or an estimate by a repair shop to repair the bicycle.
You may also be entitled to compensation for any belongings damaged in the accident, such as your clothing, helmet, eyeglasses or packages being carried.
Compensation for injuries
Your compensation should include reimbursement for all medical expenses incurred to treat your injuries. This could include doctors, hospitals and medical supplies. This figure may also include reasonably anticipated future medical expenses, for recoveries that are ongoing or for permanent disability.
Bicycle accident compensation for other expenses
More serious injuries may require additional expenses above regular medical care. If a caregiver will be necessary for any length of time, the cost of such should be included in the compensation requested. If the injuries resulted in a disability, whether temporary or permanent, costs such as wheelchair ramps, wheelchairs, a hand controlled vehicle, or other such items may be part of the compensation you are entitled to receive.
Compensation for pain and suffering
This type of compensation will come into play if the accident was serious enough to cause ongoing or severe pain or was a life-altering event. Other factors can come into play to calculate this type of compensation and an experienced solicitor will be needed to ascertain these amounts.
Bicycle accident compensation for income loss
Being unable to perform your work duties either temporarily or permanently, will qualify you to receive compensation for income loss. This will be true for earnings already lost, as well as future earnings. Future earnings would be calculated as if you had been able to continue on the career path which you were on at the time of the accident.
Even a person that was unemployed at the time of the accident would be entitled if the reason for unemployment was not permanent in nature. Earnings would be based on the likely career path in this case. A student would also be qualified in the career earnings projection of the career they were studying for at the time of the accident.
While bicycle accident compensation calculations are similar to automotive accident compensation, it is important to retain the proper solicitor that understands the differences.
To find a solicitor that is experienced in bicycle accident compensation, give our expert team at Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0933 from a mobile phone. We are the claim experts and we will work hard to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: 9th December 2012