Bicycle accidents can cause serious injuries to the bicycle rider and as well as extensive damage to the bike. If you end up in a bicycle accident you should immediately call for help. Injuries to cyclists can be severe simply because they don’t have the same protection as other road users. Crashes with cars and other vehicles can be especially painful for bicycle riders. Your first task should be to check for any injuries to yourself and anyone else involved and then seek medical assistance.
Analyse the situation
After a bicycle accident you will need to carefully analyse the situation. Be very calm and don’t show aggressive behaviour towards anyone. If you were hit by another car or motorist then you need to gather information and evidence as you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Find people who are present at the scene and as if they would be willing to give their details in case their eye witness testimony is needed later.
Wait for the authorities to arrive
Whenever anyone is injured in an accident, you must report it to the police. Wait for them to arrive so that you can report your version of the incident to them. Ask for a note of the incident number and a copy of the report and don’t leave the scene until the police give you permission to do so.
It is imperative following a bicycle accident to get medical help. Even minor injuries need to be looked at because they may develop into serious problems later on. Medical staff may treat you at the scene of the accident but if you don’t get treatment at that time you must get yourself checked later. Visit your GP or local hospital and tell them about the accident. The doctor will assess your injuries and record the details in your medical records, which will provide crucial evidence later if you decide to make a claim.
Keep all receipts
One last thing that you need to do is keep records of the incident. This means keeping track of all the expenses so that you can later use the information as part of your claim. Keep all receipts of prescription charges, travel expenses to and from medical appointments and any other expense arising directly from the accident. Your solicitor can help you to recover these expenses as part of your personal injury compensation claim.
Accident Advice Helpline provide a handy 30-second test which can help you estimate the amount you could be due. Alternatively, you can call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 and talk in complete confidence to our advisers about your case. There is no obligation to proceed, but if you do decide to go ahead, we will represent you on a 100% no win no fee basis.
Date Published: January 15, 2014
Author: David Brown