Cycle Accidents Practical Advice
Studies show that the number of people cycling to work or for leisure has gone up every year since 2008. It’s a fantastic, sustainable method of getting from A to B and getting into shape at the same time. But unfortunately, cycling doesn’t come without its risks and dangers. And if a bike collides with a motor vehicle, the cyclist will invariably come off worse.
Hopefully, it will never happen to you. But if it does, here are some practical steps you should take…
1. If you can get up without causing yourself any further injury, get off the road and into a safe place
Safety always comes first. Whatever you do, don’t put yourself in any more danger.
2. If you are able to and the driver has stopped, speak to them and write down their details
As well as getting the driver’s name, address and phone number, don’t forget to note the vehicle’s make, model and most importantly, its registration number.
3. If the accident has caused any injuries, or if the driver has failed to stop, phone the police as soon as possible
Accidents should be reported to the police if anyone has been injured. If the driver hasn’t stopped then you must report it to the police. The police may be able to find them if you contact them quickly enough. Always write down the time and date of your call and the name of the officer, plus an incident number if possible.
4. Write down the names and contact details of any witnesses
It can be extremely difficult to establish what has happened and who is at fault in any kind of road collision, including a cycling accident. If there are witnesses who saw the accident, they can help verify your account of the events.
5. Record details of where and when the accident took place
You may think you won’t forget it, but as time goes by memories can fade, especially many months after the accident took place. Write down everything you can – time, date, location. It’s even worth recording details such as the weather and road conditions.
6. Take as many photographs as you can
If at all possible, you should do this straight away. Most of us now carry a mobile phone equipped with a decent camera. Photograph the other vehicle, preferably before it’s moved. The motorist may wish to move it, especially if it’s causing a blockage. However, most people will agree to let you take a photo first. Even if the vehicle has been moved, you should still take pictures of the damage. If you are unable to take photographs because of your injuries, it might be worth asking a friend or relative to do so.
7. Don’t get dragged into a row
Tempers can easily become frayed at the scene of an accident. However, losing your temper doesn’t help anyone. If the motorist accepts fault, make a note of it. If they do not, avoid the temptation to be drawn into a debate.
8. Call Macks Solicitors!
You need experienced, expert and specialist legal advice on your side. One of the biggest mistakes we see cyclists make is to contact the motorist’s insurance company directly. That might lead to a quick offer of a settlement – but the payout could be just a fraction of the amount the claim is really worth. We can assess all aspects of the injuries and losses you have sustained and ensure you are adequately compensated.
Our specialist lawyers have recovered millions of pounds on behalf of injured claimants and will guide you through your cycle claim.
Recovering the full cost of getting your bike repaired or replaced, so you can get back on the road as soon as possible.
To alleviate pain, help you return to work or get back on your bike. We will help you make the best recovery possible.