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Cycling Accident Claims

If you are a cyclist, you are one of the most vulnerable road users. And the increasing popularity of cycling has also meant a significant increase in cycling accidents. The most recent study published by the Road Safety Authority shows cycling accidents up 59% year on year. If you have sustained an injury as a cyclist, read our guidance or contact our solicitors to start your claim.

Cycling accident claims

Bringing a cycling accident claim

If you are a cyclist who has been injured as a result of the negligence of a driver of another vehicle, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injuries suffered as a result. As insurance is mandatory for all motor vehicles on Irish roads, it is generally the negligent driver’s insurance company that will be responsible for dealing with any claim arising.

In rural areas, the hazards involved in cycling are different; narrow roads, bad road conditions, and loose animals on the roads all pose particular challenges for cyclists. If you suffer an accident as a result of a badly designed or constructed road feature, the local authority may be responsible for any claim for personal injuries suffered by you as a result. Where loose or stray animals are the cause of an accident, the owner may be liable for your accident and may be covered under farm or household insurance for any claim arising.

Common causes of cycling accidents

There are many causes of cycling accidents where a negligent third party is responsible for the injury to the cyclist. In these scenarios, it may be possible to bring a compensation claim against that third party. Examples include the following:

  • Collisions with motor vehicles – One of the most significant risks for cyclists is colliding with motor vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles. This can happen at intersections, during lane changes, or when vehicles are turning.
  • Dooring – Cyclists can be injured when a parked car door is suddenly opened in their path, causing a collision known as “dooring.”
  • Unsafe road conditions – Poor road conditions such as potholes, uneven pavement, debris, or inadequate signage can contribute to cycling accidents.
  • Distracted driving or cycling – Drivers can be distracted by electronic devices, passengers, or other activities, leading to reduced awareness of their surroundings and increased risk of accidents.
  • Failure to yield right of way – Drivers failing to yield the right of way at intersections or when merging onto roads can lead to collisions.
  • Speeding – Excessive speed by drivers increases the likelihood and severity of accidents.
  • Impaired driving – Alcohol, drugs, or certain medications can impair judgment, coordination, and reaction time, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Unsafe passing – Motor vehicles passing cyclists too closely without providing sufficient space can cause collisions or force cyclists off the road.
  • Aggressive or reckless behaviour – Aggressive or reckless behaviour by drivers, such as running red lights, ignoring traffic signals, or weaving in and out of traffic, increases the risk of collisions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the questions we are often asked in relation to cycling accidents.

  • I have just been involved in a cycling accident. What should I do?

    It's essential to take several key steps to protect your interests. Gathering the involved driver's details, including their name, vehicle registration, and insurance information is crucial. Documenting the accident scene with detailed notes and photographs, even if there wasn't a collision with the vehicle, is highly advisable. Collecting contact information from any witnesses can bolster your account of the event. It's important to report the accident to the Gardai, preserve the bicycle in its post-accident condition as critical evidence for any injury claim, and maintain records of all related expenses, such as medical bills and repair costs. These measures are crucial for safeguarding your rights and potential compensation.

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  • How much compensation am I entitled to?

    Determining the exact amount of compensation for a cycling accident claim is complex and varies based on the severity of your injuries, the impact on your daily life, financial losses incurred from work absences, and anticipated future suffering and expenses. However, with McCarthy + Co's specialised expertise in this area, we guarantee to secure the maximum compensation you deserve. Our extensive experience equips us to accurately assess the compensation necessary for your optimal recovery and future independence.

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  • Do I need a solicitor to bring a bicycle accident claim?

    While it's not mandatory to have a solicitor to bring a claim, hiring one can significantly improve your chances of success. Solicitors bring expertise in legal procedures, negotiations, and they can secure a higher compensation amount than individuals might achieve on their own.

Start your cycling accident claim

Get expert advice on bringing a cycling accident compensation claim today, by contacting our highly experienced solicitors. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including bike and cycling accident claims. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.

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