Bicycle Accident Settlement Calculator - Estimate Your Claim Value

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Use our bicycle accident calculator to estimate claim value and learn about key variables that impact how much your case may be worth. This is not a definitive or guaranteed settlement amount. Rather, our tools serve as informative online tools to help you provide an estimate of how much your bicycle accident claim may be worth.

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Enter the estimated total of your past and any outstanding medical bills. Include the estimated future medical expenses.

Enter the estimated value of past and future lost wages due to hospital stays, physical therapy, doctor appointments, and vacation/sick days related to recovery.

Enter the expected value for any property that was damaged as a result of the accident.

This calculator uses the multiplier method, which uses a multiplier (between 1 and 5) to calculate total economic damages. You can use these guidelines for a rough estimate:

  • 1.5x multiplier: For minor injuries like lacerations and bruising.
  • 3x multiplier: For moderate injuries like broken or fractured bones.
  • 4.5x multiplier: For long-lasting severe injuries such as organ damages, permanent disfigurement, PTSD, and nerve damage.

Average Bicycle Accident Settlement Amounts & Examples

Average bicycle accident settlement amount chart (2024)
Average bicycle accident settlement amount chart (2024)

The average bicycle settlement amount in the United States is approximately $233,028, which is based on data from 297 bicycle accident cases recorded by Thomson Reuters in the last 5 years (between 2019 and 2024).

Settlement data is as follows:

  • Highest settlement amount: $353,000,000 – A married couple were riding their bicycles in the designated bicycle lane when the driver of a motor vehicle collided with the wife. Upon investigation, officers determined that the individual who was operating the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol. The husband received $250M for punitive damages, $100M for non-economic damages, and $3M for economic damages.
  • Lowest settlement amount: $10,000 – While riding a bicycle, an individual was struck by a motor motor vehicle. The motor vehicle was found to be illegally parked, which resulted in an obstruction of view, which was alleged to have contributed to the cause of the accident. As a result of the bicycle accident, the individual riding the bike suffered a right leg laceration.
  • Median settlement amount: $45,000 – The median is the middle value in a set of data. It’s used in statistical studies to measure the center of a dataset.

Note: This settlement amount data is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as a guaranteed settlement value for your bicycle accident case. If you are eligible to recover compensation, your settlement may be higher or lower than the amounts provided above depending on the various factors of your case.

How Bicycle Accident Settlements Are Calculated

1. Medical expenses: This includes all medical expenses — both past and future — related to the bicycle accident.

🛈 Example: A victim incurs $20,000 in medical bills immediately after the accident and is projected to require $10,000 in future treatments. Thus, the medical expenses component of the settlement would total $30,000.

2. Lost wages: This is calculated by multiplying the victim’s daily wage by the number of days they were unable to work due to the bicycle accident.

🛈 Example: If the victim earns $300 per day and misses 15 days of work, the lost wages component would be $300 x 15 = $4,500.

3. Property damage: This includes the costs for repairing or replacing the bicycle and any other property damaged during the accident.

🛈 Example: If the repair costs for the bicycle and a damaged helmet total $5,000, this amount would be added to the settlement. Pain and Suffering: Often calculated as a multiplier of the medical expenses, this variable depends on the severity of the injuries and their impact on the victim’s life.

4. Pain & suffering: Often calculated as a multiplier of the medical expenses in personal injury claims, this variable depends on the severity of the bicycle accident injuries and the impact of injuries on the victim’s life. Multipliers can range from 1.5 to 5 or more.

🛈 Example: If the total medical expenses are $30,000 and a multiplier of 3 is applied due to severe injuries, the pain and suffering component would be $90,000.

5. Punitive Damages: These are awarded to deter the defendant (and others) from future negligent actions and to punish particularly reckless behavior.

6. Other: Any other costs directly related to the bicycle incident, such as transportation to medical appointments, are also included.

🛈 Example: If the victim spent $500 on transportation for medical treatments, this would be added to the settlement.

Factors That Affect Bicycle Accident Settlement Value

Medical bills: Total medical expenses (past and future) related to the bicycle accident.

🛈 Example: A victim incurs $8,000 in medical bills for treatment immediately following the accident and is expected to need an additional $3,500 in future treatments. The medical expenses component of the settlement would be $8,000 + $3,500 = $11,500.

Lost wages / income: Total lost wages are calculated by multiplying the daily wage by the number of days unable to work.

🛈 Example: If the victim earns $250 per day and misses 14 days of work, the lost wages component would be $250 x 14 = $3,500.

Property damage: The costs associated with repairing or replacing any property that was damaged as a result of the bicycle accident.

🛈 Example: If the victim’s bicycle and laptop were damaged during the accident, and the cost to replace these items is $1,200, this amount would be added to the settlement.

Pain & suffering: Often calculated as a multiplier of the medical expenses, depending on the severity of the injuries and the impact on the victim’s life.

🛈 Example: With medical expenses at $11,500 and a multiplier of 4 due to severe injuries, the pain and suffering component would be $46,000.

Punitive damages: These are damages that are awarded to deter the defendant (and others) from future reckless actions, and to punish the defendant in some cases.

🛈 Example: If the driver who caused the accident was excessively speeding and had previous traffic violations, the court might award punitive damages of $20,000.

Other damages: Any other expenses directly related to the incident, such as transportation costs to medical appointments, can be included.

🛈 Example: If the victim spent $400 on transportation for medical treatments, this would be added to the settlement.

Other Legal Considerations For Bicycle Accident Settlements

Comparative negligence: A legal concept that reduces the compensation a plaintiff can receive based on the degree to which the plaintiff’s own negligence contributed to the injury. In the context of bicycle accidents, if the victim was not wearing a helmet or was riding recklessly, the compensation amount may be reduced.

🛈 Example: In a state with a pure comparative negligence rule, if a victim is found to be 20% at fault for not wearing a helmet, and the total damages are $30,000, the victim would receive 80% of the damages, or $24,000.

Statute of limitations: The deadline to file a claim after a bicycle accident, which varies between states. If a claim is not filed within this period, the victim generally loses the right to pursue legal action and any associated compensation for damages.

State laws: State-specific laws regarding liability for bicycle accidents can vary significantly and can either favor the victim or the other party involved. Some states have specific rules that protect cyclists more than others.

🛈 Example: In Oregon, the bicycle statutes provide significant protection for cyclists on the road, and if a cyclist is hit by a car while lawfully riding on the road, the driver is likely to be found liable for damages, independent of the cyclist’s actions.

It’s important to note that each bicycle accident case is unique, and the method used to calculate a settlement will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. Consulting with a bicycle accident attorney can help ensure that you recover fair compensation for damages.

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