With an increased number of cyclists using Queensland bike paths and roadways, the frequency of cycling accidents resulting in personal injury has increased. Typically, the result of these accidents is that the injured cyclist is left unable to work and wondering what options are available to them.
Here at Gouldson Legal our team are expert bicycle accident lawyers that specialise in Queensland cycling accident claims. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury as the result of a cycling accident, our team can help.
With local and regional councils struggling to develop appropriate infrastructure to keep cyclists safe on our roads, it’s important cyclists have someone on their side to protect their rights when the worst happens through no fault of their own.
While Cycling Australia and Cycling Queensland lobby for legislative changes, Gouldson Legal specialise in pursuing cycling accident claims within the CTP insurance and public liability schemes.
We can help if you were injured in any way in the following situations:
- Bicycle and motor vehicle accidents resulting in injury;
- Injuries caused by cycling – “dooring” incidents;
- Unsafe bikeway infrastructure;
- Bike courier accidents;
- Any other bicycle accident resulting in injury on either a Queensland roadway or in a public place.
In the event of an accident, your finances can be one of your biggest concerns – especially if you are unable to work. That’s why it’s comforting to know that all our claims (yours included) are run under our No Win, No Fee, No Problems Guarantee.
Bicycle Accident Compensation Claim Process in QLD
Cycling accident claims that involve a bicycle rider being injured by a motor vehicle are governed by the Queensland CTP insurance scheme. One of our expert bicycle accident lawyers will consider the circumstances of your cycling crash and provide you with further advice regarding your prospects of successfully pursuing a claim.
Injuries resulting from accident’s involving bicycles in public places – other than on roadways – are covered by the public liability insurance scheme. Such incidents include collisions with other unregistered bicycles, pedestrians, or unsafe paths or bikeways.
In both of these circumstances, there are specific time frames within which you must commence a claim.
In order to understand whether you have a claim it is best to consult one of our bicycle accident lawyers. They will review your claim for free and, if a claim is in your best interest, they will always act for you under our No Win, No Fee, No Problems Guarantee.
Calculating Cycling Accident Compensation in QLD
The compensation you will be able to claim following your cycling accident depends on a range of factors. Typically, your final amount is intended to compensate you for your past losses and your anticipated future losses.
This final compensation amount contemplates things such as: pain and suffering, past and future loss of income, medical and rehabilitation expenses and other out-of-pocket expenses.
It’s best to contact us and speak with one of our bicycle accident lawyers about compensation recoverable for loss resulting from bicycle accident injuries.
Mobile Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Need a Free Case Review? We come to you, no matter where you are in Queensland.
We understand that you are likely in ongoing pain and struggling with the daily challenges of life post-accident. To ensure the entire legal process is as stress-free as possible, our lawyers will always happily come to you – either at the hospital, your home or a local café – wherever is easiest for you.
If you prefer to meet in one of our offices, you are always welcome at our head office in Brisbane CBD, or you and your lawyer can arrange an appointment at one of our many visited offices.
Common Questions About Bicycle Accidents:
Queensland has a Compulsory System of Third Party (CTP) Insurance for all motor vehicles, on all Queensland roads. This insurance is paid for by every bus, or other vehicle, owner at the time you pay your registration renewals.
In Queensland, the CTP insurance is offered by a number of approved CTP insurers. If you suffer an injury as a result of a bus accident as a driver, a passenger, a pedestrian, or as a cyclist, caused by someone else, you have the right to claim compensation for the injury sustained and the loss resulting from the injuries; by making a CTP claim.
CTP insurance covers accidents on public roads. Most vehicles are covered under the CTP insurance scheme for compensation of personal injuries sustained by making a CTP claim. Road accident compensation claims include light vehicles involved car accidents, motorbike accidents or bicycle accidents.
Passengers, pedestrians and pillion passengers may also have injury claims even though they were not driving the vehicle at the time. Heavy motor vehicles are also covered under CTP insurance claims including commercial vehicles, utes, vans trucks and busses.
Injuries include a wide variety of conditions with a varying degree of loss or injury.
These may include injury to various parts of the body including arms, legs, hand and feet, neck, back and spinal injuries. Some other injuries include sight and hearing loss or injury, and brain injuries. Soft tissue and burns as well as psychiatric and psychological conditions are also included.
Serious injuries are also covered including paraplegia and quadriplegia.
Compensation is allowed for direct expenses relating to the bicycle accident or incident including; medical expenses, physiotherapy and or rehabilitation costs and associated treatment. Future medical expenses and treatment as well as care and assistance may also be included to continue the recovery process.
In addition, loss of wages, future loss of wages or impact on your ability to work may form a large part of the compensation claim.
Gouldson Injury Law operates on a No win No fee basis. For no charge, a qualified personal injury lawyer will meet with you and answer all your questions. They will also discuss the merits of your claim and your legal rights to make an injury claim. If you proceed you will only be charged if you successfully receive compensation. Our professional fees are charged at a competitive rate, not a percentage of your damages.
Those fees are capped at 30% of your final compensation payout, to ensure you won’t be left wanting.
Every bicycle accident claim is as individual as the person making it. There are many factors that may shorten, or prolong, the time it takes for a decision to be made. We will discuss these factors with you to keep you informed of your rights along the way.
To speed up the process, ensure you lodge a claim as soon as possible and have accurate and detailed medical records at hand. Should we require further medical records we will inform you of the detail and also assist you to obtain all the required information.
Some of this process is dependent on the stability of your injuries and the stage of recovery.Give us a call if you would like more information on this process.
This is a question every client asks! Unfortunately it is impossible for any injury compensation lawyer to answer accurately, at such an early stage. The extent of an injury compensation claim will depend on the severity of your injuries and the consequences on your circumstances.
Many factors contribute to the assessment of your damages including treatment, past and future loss of income and your ability to work. Ongoing care and rehabilitation and pain and suffering will also impact on the settlement amount.
This is an important issue to discuss, so contact us and an expert motor vehicle accident injury lawyer will discuss your claim and explain this process.
Strict time limits apply under the legislation for you to make a claim.
Strict time limits apply to car accident injury compensation claims and CTP claims. Generally you will need to lodge a Notice of Accident claim form with the relevant compulsory third party insurer within 9 months of the accident.
Where you don’t have the registration details or don’t know the motor vehicle at fault, you must serve the Notice on the Nominal Defendant with 3 months but up to 9 months with a reasonable excuse for delay. Outside 9 months a claim against the Nominal Defendant is out of time. Other than in Nominal Defendant cases you have 3 years from the date of the injury to commence a claim in court.
Contact Gouldson Legal as soon as possible to ensure your claim is not held up should complications arise.
Gouldson Legal specialises as motor vehicle accident and CTP injury compensation lawyers in Brisbane on a “No win no fee” basis.
Where Do I Begin?
Obtain the name and address of the driver(s) at fault and also the registration plate number, make and mode of the car at fault.
It may be beneficial for you to take photographs and sketch a plan of the accident scene to assist you in the future. Also take all witness details.
Should Queensland Police not attend the scene of the accident, you must report the accident to the Police within 28 days.
If you fail to do so, you will need to complete further paperwork (Gouldson Legal will provide this to you) and it will need to be delivered to the closest police station to the accident.
Contact Gouldson Legal and speak to one of our seasoned car accident injury lawyers.
They will start the claims process within 48 hours as strict time limits apply.
Ensure you receive the very best ongoing medical treatment and advice. You will need to obtain medical evidence to show that your injury is a direct consequence of the car accident.
Don’t forget to also look after your emotional health during this difficult time. Visit our Support Groups page for more information.
Expect to receive regular phone calls and correspondence from your Gouldson Injury lawyer, keeping you up to date with how your claim is progressing.
In between phone calls, concentrate on getting better.