What to do if you’ve been involved in a Cycling Accident
The roads can be very dangerous for cyclists, unfortunately accidents occur involving cyclists and motorists on a regular basis, some of these accidents can result in serious injuries for the rider as well as irrepairable damage to the bike. Although most cyclists know the rules of the road they may not know what to do if involved in a road traffic accident, especially if they don’t drive.
We have put together a guide to inform cyclists what to do in the event of a road traffic accident.
- If you have suffered serious injuries or been knocked unconscious ensure you seek the necessary immediate medical attention such as a paramedic.
- Identify who was at fault for the accident and what happened, make sure to get the details of the defendant such as their name and registration. A description of the vehicle and driver is also useful if you are unable to obtain specific details.
- Check for any witnesses and obtain their names and contact details before they leave the scene of the accident.
- Wait for police to attend the scene so that a full report can be filed. Even if the accident is minor as injuries might not be apparent for a few hours and then it will be too late to identify the defendant if you did not take details yourself.
- Be sure to take photographs if possible of the damage to both your bike and any vehicles involved. Also try to take photos of the location where the accident occurred and injuries sustained. It is recommended that cyclists use dashcams or Go Pros either on their bikes or helmets to provide evidence if they are involved in an accident.
- Take photographs of any damaged property such as your phone as these can be claimed for as damages if presented with a receipt of purchase. Also remember after an accident a new cycle helmet should be purchased!
- Even if you didn’t experience any immediate injuries such as cuts or bruises you should still visit your GP or walk in centre as some injuries can take a few hours to become apparent such as back, shoulder and neck pain.
- Finally, call Gowing Law on 0161 464 4444 to start your claim for personal injury!