The rise in popularity of biking has led to a gradual increase in cycling accident reports, causing individuals injured to seek cycling accident advice from firms like ours and pursue a personal injury claim.
Bicycles are becoming more popular for commuting, and are an environmentally-friendly way of avoiding traffic congestion. Biking is a sensible option, as there are also health benefits from using a bicycle, plus the reduction in fuel costs that using a bike will produce. Safety must be the primary concern for any cyclist in the knowledge that a cyclist is far more vulnerable to serious injury following an accident than any other type of road user.
An accident on the road while cycling can be devastating for the victim and following the correct steps directly after a cycling accident will help the victim to receive the best possible care and attention. If the victim is conscious and not in the path of oncoming traffic directly after an accident, then it is advisable for him or her to stay still in order to minimise the risk of potentially causing more injury. It is common for a witness to the incident to assist the injured party and they should immediately check that the victim is conscious and breathing and call the emergency services if the incident is serious.
Emergency medical help should be sought immediately, as this provides the victim with the urgent professional assistance that they need. The medical records produced by the treatment will provide the in-house solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline with valuable evidence for compiling a cycling accident claim.
If the victim is well enough following the accident, he or she should speak with the driver of the vehicle involved, or if a witness, the same course of action should be taken. Note the driver’s full details, including their name, contact number, address, the registration number and the make and model of the car they are driving. The name of the driver’s insurer and the policy number should also be taken. All of these details will assist the victim in reaching a successful personal injury claim for compensation. If the victim is in urgent need of hospital treatment then it is likely that a police officer will collate the required information from the driver of the vehicle and an official accident report will be submitted.
In order to establish an individual’s rights during the compensation claim process, phoning the 24-hour free helpline can help a person to clarify any part of the personal injury claim process and seek cycling accident advice. If an injured party simply wishes to know approximately how much they would be entitled to receive following a successful claim, there is a short form on the Accident Advice Helpline website to complete. This form takes less than a minute to fill in and the details that the claimant or their representative needs will be displayed in just 30 seconds. All of the cases that are taken on by our team of specialist lawyers are on a no win, no fee* basis, further reinforcing the chance of a successful claim by the victim of an accident while cycling.
Date Published: July 21, 2014
Author: David Brown