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What to Do After a Cycling Accident
Being involved in a cycling accident can be a particularly distressing time, even more so when it was the result of somebody else’s negligence. At Twisted Spokes, we understand that the immediate aftermath of a cycling collision can be incredibly difficult to deal with, as you may be suffering from shock and have adrenaline pumping through your body. To assist you, our solicitors have come up with this guide to help you take the necessary steps should you suffer an injury in a cycling accident.
If you have any questions or are looking for advice on how to start a cycling accident claim, simply call us on 0808 168 0607. Alternatively, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the contact form on this page and we will get back to you shortly.
1. Move to safety and report the incident
If you are able to, move to a safe position and call the police and an ambulance if you think the incident is serious enough to warrant it. Once the police arrive, share your side of the story with them, including what happened, how it happened, when it happened and what the weather, road and traffic conditions were like, to document in an official police report. Ask for the officer’s name and the case reference number for your own records.
If you were involved in a collision with a driver and they did not stop at the scene of the accident, you should still report the incident to the police as they may be able to use CCTV to track down the responsible party. Claims can also be made through the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) if the driver of the vehicle cannot be traced, or is uninsured.
2. Collect the details of any witnesses
Asking any witnesses to the accident for their name and contact information will be useful if statements need to be requested to support your claim. If you are too badly injured, ask for help from a bystander.
If the cycling accident was caused by a vehicle, obtain the driver’s details, including the registration number and specifics about the vehicle (colour, make and model). If the driver is not willing to discuss the matter with you, try to take a photo of their licence place, so that an identification of the vehicle can be made.
3. Get medical attention
No matter how minor your injury, ensure you have it looked over as it is often not immediately clear how badly injured you are. Be sure to take photographs of your injury at its worst, so that you can highlight how badly the incident has left you.
4. Preserve any evidence
As soon as you are able to (ideally straight away if you are not too badly injured), take photographs of the incident and any factors that may have contributed to your accident. For example, if a pothole or other road defect forced you off your bicycle, take a photograph that clearly shows the width and depth. Read more here about pothole and other road defect accidents.
If your bicycle, helmet or cycling gear were damaged in the accident, leave them in the same condition and do not dispose of them. The cost to repair or replace these items can be included in your compensation claim, however, we generally need to be able to provide evidence that you were making use of these items at the time of your accident.
You should also get a quote for the cost of repairing or replacing your bike from a reputable bike shop. Our Bicycle Repair Assessment Form can be downloaded for free and used to document the estimated costs.