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What to do Following a Cycling Accident

I think we can all agree on one thing; no cyclist wants to be involved in a collision.  With an ever increasing number of vehicles on the road and the approaching summer months encouraging more cyclists to take to the roads, the unfortunate inevitability of accidents looms large.

If you are involved in a crash with a motorist, follow the steps in this blog which should make your post-accident situation run as smoothly as possible. 

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Step 1: Get to safety 

Following an accident, give yourself a moment or two.  You may feel ok in the aftermath of an accident, but this is just your body kicking in to flight-or-fight mode.  Depending on the accident circumstances, if you move too soon you could cause further injury.  Once you are confident you are not severely injured and are able to move, take yourself off the road to somewhere safe.  Try to sit down if possible and, if needed, call an ambulance.  Ask someone to move your bike out of the road if you’re not able to do this yourself.

Step 2: Take details

There are three key pieces of information you should always try to obtain following a collision with a vehicle and cycling collisions are no different.  These pieces of information will certainly help your claim, but don’t worry too much if you aren’t able to obtain some of these details, the specialists at Twisted Spokes are more than happy to talk you through your available options. 

  1. If you have a camera phone which wasn’t damaged during the accident, take photographs of the vehicle, making sure you include the registration number in the photo.  If you are able to do so, take photos of the driver.
  2. Ask the driver for their full name and address even if you don’t feel injured and there is no damage to their vehicle.  More often than not, it can take over 48 hours for muscle strains or soft tissue injuries to manifest themselves.
  3. If there were any witnesses at the scene of the accident, obtain their name, address and phone numbers.  These details can be the difference between a successful or unsuccessful compensation claim.  These details will provide crucial support to any claim you decide to make. 

Step 3: Log accident

Now you should consider a call to the police to report the incident.  If the driver or any passengers in the vehicle are showing signs of abusive or threatening behaviour, call the police as soon as possible after the accident.  If the driver is cooperative and details have been exchanged amicably, call the police to report your accident and obtain a crime reference number.  Unless you or someone else has been severely injured, it is highly unlikely they will attend the scene of the accident.

Step 4: Medical help

If you feel that you need immediate medical attention and an ambulance is not present, head to the nearest A&E.  Even if you feel that you just have a few aches and pains which can be self-medicated and are not severe enough for a hospital visit, arrange an appointment at your GP surgery.  There could be an underlying injury which you are not aware of but that your GP may pick up.  This is also helpful when pursuing a claim as there is documented evidence that you did suffer an injury as a direct cause of the accident. 

Step 5: Twisted Spokes

Call the specialist cycling team at Twisted Spokes.  We are able to offer assistance with any injuries suffered, damage to clothing or items and assistance with bicycle repairs.  We are also available via email at twistedspokes@jmw.co.uk, on facebooktwitter and Instagram.

 

If you have had a cycling accident contact Twisted Spokes today on 0808 168 7228 for assistance from the cycling specialist solicitors at JMW.

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