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 twistedspokes@jmw.co.uk 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.

Talk to Us

If you have been involved in a cycling accident and want to make a claim for compensation, the Twisted Spokes personal injury team at JMW is here to help. Not only are we highly recognised by independent industry guides for our work in personal injury law, but we are passionate about cycling, which means we understand how an injury can affect your ability to cycle.

Whether you are an experienced cyclist competing in races or other competitions, or simply use a bicycle to travel to and from work, our experienced solicitors will guide you through the entire claims process to help you get the compensation you deserve.

To speak to us about your cycling accident, simply call us on 0808 168 0607 or send an email totwistedspokes@jmw.co.uk. If you would prefer, fill in the contact form featured on this page to let us know that you would like to hear from a member of the team.

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