Cycling Accident Claims

Cycling Accident Solicitors

Cycling is becoming increasingly popular in Ireland year on year. 

Unfortunately, cycling comes with some risks, and hundreds of cycling accidents happen each year in Ireland. Though many cycling accidents result in minor injuries, others sadly result in serious, and often life changing, injuries. Whatever type of injury you sustain, if the accident was not your fault, you may be able to pursue a bicycle accident injury claim.

If you have been involved in a cycling accident, speak to a Cantillons Solicitor as soon as possible to get advice on any potential Personal Injury Claim you may have. 


Most Common Type Of Bike Accident Claims

The greatest hazards for any cyclist is the negligence of other road users and road conditions. 

Some of the most common types of bicycle accident claims in recent years include:

  • Vehicle Collisions – Road traffic accidents involving collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles (cars and light goods vehicles) are, unfortunately, common
  • Road Hazards – Poor road conditions, such as potholes, uneven surfaces, or lack of proper signage, can contribute to cycling accidents. Cyclists who are injured due to road hazards may seek to claim against the parties responsible for maintaining safe and proper road conditions, such as the relevant County Council or landowner/occupier. 
  • Pedestrian Collisions – Accidents in areas where cyclists are required to share space with pedestrians are not uncommon. In such instances, the pedestrian may have a liability for the accident. Further, the owner of the shared space (such as the County Council) may have a liability if, for example, it was not appropriately laid out to accommodate for shared use. 
  • Negligence of Other Cyclist – Accidents involving multiple cyclists do happen, and cyclists may file personal injury claims if another cyclist’s negligence led to injuries or damages. it important to note that some cyclists do have insurance, particularly if they are part of a Cycling Club.
  • Defective Bicycle Parts – A defective bike part that snaps, comes loose, or fails to serve its purpose can lead to a serious accident. If a bike accident occurs due to faulty bicycle parts or manufacturing defects, the cyclist may be entitled to bring a Personal Injuries Claim against the manufacturer or distributor of the defective product.
  • Dog Attacks – Loose or unrestrained dogs can cause accidents involving cyclists. In such instances, the cyclist may be entitled to bring a Personal Injuries Claim against the dog owner.


What Should You Do After A Cycling Accident

The number one priority following a cycling accident is safety. Always seek medical attention immediately. If your injuries are serious, and you are not able to do so yourself, ask someone to contact the emergency services.

Once you have sought medical attention, and when it is safe to do so, a cyclist involved in a cycling accident should keep the following steps in mind: 

  • Alert The Gardai

A cycling accident that involves another party, such as another vehicle, cyclist, or pedestrian, should be reported to the Gardai as soon as possible. 

  • Gather Information At The Accident Scene

Immediately following a cycling accident, it is helpful to gather as much information as possible. You should note the following:

    • The vehicle registration and insurance number of any motor vehicle involved.
    • Name and address of any driver involved.
    • Name and address of any witnesses.
    • Photographs of the scene, damage to your bike and any vehicles or road hazards involved.
    • Details of any emergency service workers that attended the scene (Gardai, Paramedics, etc)
    • Details of the weather conditions
  • Injury Details 

Following the accident, you should keep a diary of your injuries. You should also take photographs of your injuries. 

Having the above information will greatly assist your Cycling Accident Personal Injuries Claim. 


What Are Common Cycling Accident Injuries

Bicycle accidents can result in a range of injuries, varying in severity depending on the circumstances of the accident. Common bicycle accident injuries include:

  • Head Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a significant concern for cyclists. Wearing a helmet can greatly reduce the risk of head injuries, but accidents can still lead to concussions or more severe brain injuries.

  • Fractures

Cyclists often suffer fractures, particularly to the arms, wrists, and collarbones, when they fall from their bikes or are involved in collisions.

  • Road Rash

When a cyclist slides on the pavement, the friction can cause abrasions known as Road Rash. These injuries can range from minor scrapes to more severe wounds requiring medical attention. Road Rash can also lead to scaring. 

  • Soft Tissue Injuries

Damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons can occur in a bicycle accident. Sprains, strains, and contusions are common soft tissue injuries.

  • Facial Injuries

Facial injuries, including fractures, lacerations, and dental injuries, can result from impacts on the ground, vehicles, or other objects during an accident.

  • Spinal Injuries

Severe accidents may lead to spinal cord injuries, which can have long-term consequences for a cyclist’s mobility and overall well-being.

  • Internal Injuries

Impact with a vehicle or other hard surfaces can cause internal injuries, such as organ damage or internal bleeding.

  • Psychological Injuries

Any road traffic accident, including cycling accidents, can result in the injured party suffering psychological injuries which might include, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, low mood, nightmares etc.

  • Cuts and Bruises

Minor injuries like cuts, bruises, and abrasions are common in bicycle accidents.

Sadly, some Cycling Accident Claims are made by the families of cyclists following fatal cycling accidents. If your loved one passed away following a cycling accident, contact an experienced Personal Injuries Solicitors for information about compensation which may be awarded to families in such instances.


What Are The Time Limits To Make A Cycling Accident Claim

There are strict time limits within which Personal Injury Claims, including Cycling Accident Claims, must be taken. 

Generally speaking, the time limit is two years but on occasions, the time limits may be shorter or longer. If you have suffered an injury, you should contact a member of our team as soon as possible. 


How Cycling Accident Claims Work

Like all types of Personal Injury Claims, Cycling Accident Claims go through a series of required steps. Your Cycling Accident Solicitor will assist you with these steps, including:

  1. Sending an initial letter of claim to the offending party.
  2. Obtaining a Medical Report.
  3. Submitting your claim to the Injuries Resolution Board (formally PIAB or the Injuries Board). 
  4. Considering the Assessment (compensation offer) made by the Injuries Resolution Board. If both parties accept the offer, then the offending party (or their insurer) pays the compensation. However, if either party rejects the offer, an Authorisation will issue and the matter can proceed through the Courts. For further details on this process please see our Personal Injuries page.  

Speak To Cantillons Solicitors, Cycling Accident Claims Solicitors

If you, or a loved one, have been involved in an accident whilst cycling, please contact Our team of Personal Injury Solicitors in Dublin by using the contact form below, or call us at Dublin +353 (0)1 264 1802 or email us at to discuss your legal options for bicycle accident claims. 

* In contentious business, a Solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. Many Personal Injuries Solicitors portray themselves as “no win no fee Personal Injuries Solicitors”. This term can be misleading and it is essential that you discuss fees with the Personal Injury Solicitor you ultimately choose. At Cantillons Solicitors, we are entirely transparent.

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