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Cycling Accident Claims

If you are a Cycling Australia member and have been injured in an accident, you are entitled to a free legal consultation via our dedicated Cycling Accident Claims Line. One of our specialist legal experts will assess your situation, inform you of your rights, and provide you with tailored advice on how best to pursue a claim.

At Shine, we believe that all cyclists have the right to expert legal advice, regardless of their financial situation. Our legal services are provided on a No Win No Fee* basis, so you won’t have to worry about any out-of-pocket legal expenses.

*Conditions apply.

Instant Claim Checker

Select the option below that best describes your situation to see if you may have a claim.

  • I have had an accident with a motor vehicle / motor cycle and have sustained an injury.

    You may have a claim for compensation for your injuries with the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurer of the vehicle at fault. Strict time limitations apply for bringing compensation claims for personal injuries, so it is best to contact Shine Lawyers' cycling accident service as soon as possible after your incident.

    If you are unable to work as a result of your injury or sickness, you may also be entitled to claim through your superannuation fund or life insurance policy.

    Contact our dedicated Cycling Accident Claims Line and we will assist you in pursuing a claim for your losses: 1800 842 003 or Enquire Online. Please reference your Cycling Australia membership.

  • I have had an accident with another motor vehicle / motor cycle but was not wearing a helmet.

    Not wearing a helmet at the time of your accident will not extinguish your right to compensation. The amount of compensation you are awarded may be limited by reasons of contributory negligence, but you still possess the right to make a claim. Strict time limitations apply for bringing compensation claims for personal injuries, so it is best to contact Shine Lawyers' cycling accident service as soon as possible after your incident.

    If you are unable to work as a result of your injury or sickness, you may also be entitled to claim through your superannuation fund or life insurance policy.

    Contact our dedicated Cycling Accident Claims Line and we will assist you in pursuing a claim for compensation: 1800 842 003 or Enquire Online. Please reference your Cycling Australia membership.

  • I have had an accident with a parked car or car opening their door.

    You may have a claim for compensation for your injuries with the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurer of the vehicle at fault. Strict time limitations apply for bringing compensation claims for personal injuries, so it is best to contact Shine Lawyers' cycling accident service as soon as possible after your incident.

    If you are unable to work as a result of your injury or sickness, you may also be entitled to claim through your superannuation fund or life insurance policy.

    Contact our dedicated Cycling Accident Claims Line and we will assist you in pursuing a claim for compensation: 1800 842 003 or Enquire Online. Please reference your Cycling Australia membership.

  • I have had an accident with another cyclist/s and sustained an injury.

    Unfortunately, Shine’s cycling accident claims team is unable to assist with this kind of claim. However, you may have access to benefits under your Cycling Australia membership, and should contact Cycling Australia’s Membership Team for more information.

    Alternatively, you may be able to pursue the other cyclist personally for any injuries or damage to property. You will need to seek independent legal advice for this type of claim.

  • I have had an accident involving another cyclist during training / while out on the road.

    If you have been in an accident with another cyclist and have sustained an injury, you may be entitled to benefits through your Cycling Australia membership. Contact the Cycling Australia Membership Team to find out what benefits you are entitled to.

    If your property has been damaged in an accident with another cyclist, you may be able to pursue compensation through the other party’s property insurance provider. Alternatively, you may be covered by your own home and contents insurance policy for any damage to your property. Get in touch with your relevant insurance provider to see if you’re covered.

  • I have had an accident during competition or racing.

    If you have been in a cycling accident during a competition or whilst racing, you may be entitled to benefits through your Cycling Australia membership. Get in touch with the Cycling Australia Membership Team to find out if you’re covered.

    Immediately following your accident, it is important to report the incident to the event’s commissure. Any records should also be sent to Cycling Australia and the relevant State cycling authority.

  • I have had an accident on an indoor track.

    If you have been in a cycling accident on an indoor track, you may be entitled to benefits through your Cycling Australia membership. Get in touch with the Cycling Australia Membership Team to find out if you’re covered.

    Following your accident, it is important to report the incident to the Club or Cycling Authority responsible for the track. Copies can then be provided to Cycling Australia to assist with your claim.

  • I have had an accident and my bike is damaged, but I didn't sustain an injury.

    If your bike or other cycling property has been damaged in an accident, unfortunately you will not have a claim with Shine’s cycling accident claims service. However, the damage may be covered by your home and contents, or cycling insurance policy.

    Get in touch with your relevant insurance provider to see if your property is covered.

  • My cycling property has been stolen.

    If your bike or cycling property has been stolen, you may be able to make a claim through your home and contents, or cycling insurance policy.

    It is important that you report any stolen property to the police as soon as possible. Then, contact your relevant insurance provider to bring a claim for your loss.

  • My property has been damaged by a third party.

    Unfortunately, if you have not sustained a personal injury, Shine’s cycling accident claims team are unable to assist. However, you may still have a claim for compensation for property damage.

    If the incident involved another motor vehicle and that vehicle was at fault, you may have a claim for property damage under their property insurance policy. Take the details of the motor vehicle owner and pursue your claim through their property insurance provider.

  • I have sustained an injury riding my bike in circumstances other than the above.

    Contact our dedicated Cycling Accident Claims Line and we will assist you in navigating whether you have a claim for compensation: 1800 842 003 or Enquire Online. Please reference your Cycling Australia membership.

Official Lawyers of Cycling Australia

As proud partners of Cycling Australia, Shine Lawyers is committed to providing the highest standard of legal support to Cycling Australia members. Our team of carefully selected experts are passionate about cycling, and possess firsthand understanding of the issues affecting cyclists on our roads.

If you have been in a cycling-related accident, the injuries you sustain could be severe and potentially life-changing. In many situations, the only way to access the help and support you need is through a compensation claim.

We understand that the legal process can be daunting and complex. One of our cycling accident claims lawyers will be with you each and every step of the way to ensure you understand your rights and entitlements. We handle your case from initial consultation through to resolution to ease the burden that comes with bringing a legal claim, leaving you to focus on getting your life back on track, so you can get back on your bike.

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Meet the Cycling Claims Team

Garreth Turner Portrait

Garreth Turner
Special Counsel
QLD

Luke Perilli Portrait

Luke Perilli
Solicitor
VIC

Michael Inger Portrait

Michael Inger
Branch Manager
NSW

Michelle Cavalieri Portrait

Michelle Cavalieri
Solicitor
VIC

Stuart Le Grand Portrait

Stuart Le Grand
General Manager
VIC

Louisa Di Marco Portrait

Louisa Di Marco
Solicitor
VIC

Ben Wilcock

Ben Wilcock
Special Counsel
QLD

Kyle Bridgewood Collage

Client Story: Kyle Bridgwood

Kyle had always been a character. He was the ambitious and fearless one and his energy was infectious. During routine cycling training in the early hours of the morning in 2011, Kyle was struck head on by a delivery van.

In an incredible display of determination and mental fortitude, Kyle was back on his bike within a year of his accident. He is now a World Champion Paralympic cyclist and snared a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Photos courtesy of the Australian Paralympic Committee.

Read Kyle's Story

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should I do if I've been in an accident?

    If you've been in a cycling-related accident, there are some simple steps you should take to protect your right to bring a claim:

    1. Record details of the accident – Following the accident, it is advisable to collect as many details as possible. This includes the name and address of the driver involved, details of the car, contact details of any witnesses, and photographs of the scene and any damage.

    2. Inform the police – If the police are not already at the scene, it is best to inform them of the accident as soon as possible.

    3. Contact a lawyer – Following the incident, contact Shine Lawyers' cycling accident claims service as soon as you can, as strict time limitations apply for bringing a compensation claim.

    4. Medical assessment – Following your accident, you will need to arrange a medical appointment to assess your injuries. This evidence will be used to support your compensation claim.

  • What is the legal process of a cycling accident compensation claim?

    Each cycling accident claim is different, and the process for bringing a claim will depend on the nature of your accident and the extent of your injuries.

    Generally, we will lodge a claim form with the other party’s insurance provider on your behalf. We can then arrange for the insurance company to commence funding your treatment and medical expenses.

    During this time, the insurance provider will investigate the circumstances of your accident. This normally takes up to six months. The insurance provider will then decide whether they admit or deny liability for your accident.

    Other investigations will be required during this time to determine the nature of your losses, injuries and any other harm.

    Once all the evidence is gathered, we will calculate how much compensation you are entitled to for your injuries, and begin settlement negotiations with the insurer.

    If a settlement cannot be reached, the matter will proceed to trial, although this is extremely rare.

  • Are there any time limits for bringing a compensation claim?

    Yes, strict time limits apply for bringing a cycling accident compensation claim. These can restrict your entitlement to compensation if you wait too long.

    Your cycling accident claim lawyer will explain the time limitation periods that may apply to your claim in your first chat.

  • How much will it cost to bring a cycling accident claim?

    At Shine Lawyers, we provide our cycling accident legal services on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning you won’t have to pay legal costs unless we get you a successful outcome.

    Our initial consultations are obligation-free. One of our cycling accident claims lawyers will discuss your case and ensure you understand your legal rights and entitlements before any legal action is pursued.

    Your legal costs will depend on how much work is required to resolve your case. Your lawyer will be able to give you an indication of this once they know a bit more about your specific situation.

  • How much compensation will I be entitled to?

    Following an accident, how much compensation you are entitled to will depend on many factors, including:

    • Your age;
    • The extent of your injuries;
    • Any lost wages to date, and how your injuries will impact your earnings into the future;
    • What care and treatment is required now and into the future; and
    • Any out of pocket expenses you have incurred to date and into the future.

    Compensation generally aims to place a monetary value on the gap between your life path before the incident, and your expected life path after the incident.

    It is difficult to assess the exact amount of compensation you are entitled to until your injuries have stabilised, and medical evidence can prove how your injuries have impacted you and how they will impact you into the future.

    If you are unable to return to work as a result of your injury or sickness, you may also be entitled to make a claim throuh your superannuation fund or life insurance policy. One of our cycling accident claims experts can explain this to you in more detail in your first chat.

  • What am I entitled to claim compensation for?

    Compensation is generally broken down into various categories. Depending on the nature of your accident, you may be able to claim compensation for:

    • Medical and hospital expenses;
    • Loss of earnings;
    • Pain and suffering;
    • Help needed at home (paid or unpaid);
    • Future loss of earnings; and
    • Future treatment and care costs.

    What about damage to my property? While our cycling accident claims service does not cover damage to your personal property, you may be able to lodge a separate property damage claim with your home and contents or bicycle insurance policy.

  • Who pays my cycling accident compensation?

    In most cases involving a motor vehicle, it is the insurance company of the person at fault who will pay your compensation.

    Where an unregistered vehicle is at fault, the state insurer (the Nominal Defendant) will handle the claim.

  • How long will my cycling accident claim take to resolve?

    How long a claim takes will depend on where your claim is brought, the extent of your injuries, and whether or not liability is contested.

    Once a claim has settled, you can’t make a further claim for the same event if your symptoms or injuries deteriorate. That’s why it is important to wait until your injuries have stabilised to ensure you receive the right amount of compensation.

    After assessing your circumstances, your lawyer will be able to give you a more accurate estimate of how long your claim will take to resolve.

  • Can I represent myself when making a cycling accident claim?

    It is possible to represent yourself in a cycling accident claim. However, to do so successfully requires a thorough understanding of the law, your legal rights and entitlements, and a commitment to actively pursue your case to move it forward.

    Insurance companies have well-resourced teams who are committed to reducing the amount they payout. Power, knowledge and resource imbalances can be detrimental to your claim and result in you obtaining less than you’re entitled to.

    By engaging Shine Lawyers’ cycling accident claims service, you will have the knowledge and expertise on your side to stand up to the insurance provider and get you a successful outcome.