Being injured in a cycling accident is a traumatic experience. In addition to potentially suffering serious injuries, you may also suffer financial hardship as a result of your injuries making it impossible for you to go to work.
The resulting stress and worries may be added to by medical bills; the necessity to pay for care, home help or child care and more. There are, however, ways to turn your suffering into a personal victory.
Cyclists and suffering from road traffic accidents
Every year, thousands of cyclists are injured by road accidents. More often than not, accidents causing injuries to cyclists are caused by drivers not seeing them, speeding or not giving them enough space to safely navigate turnings, junctions or roundabouts.
If you were injured in a cycling accident caused by another road user, you may be entitled to cycling injury compensation.
Claiming for cycling injuries
To make sure a claim for injuries by cycling accident has a chance of success, you should take the following steps:
- Get names, insurance and contact details of involved drivers
- Get names/ contact information of eye witnesses
- Write down exactly what happened where and when
If at all possible, you should also take photographs of:
- Vehicles involved
- Road lay-out (signs, cycling lanes, etc)
- Road conditions that may be partly responsible for the accident
- Skid marks
Should the police be called, make sure you also get their name cards. In case your injuries are too severe to gather this information yourself, you can ask someone else to collect information for you and or return to the scene later to get photographic evidence.
Even if you believe any injuries you sustained are minor, or if you feel no immediate pain, it is essential to seek medical help. First of all, you may have sustained more serious injuries than you think, and a delay in diagnosing treating such injuries could substantially prolong your suffering.
Secondly, your medical records will be used as evidence in compensation claim processes, as they will detail the type and extent of cycling injuries you sustained, what treatments you received, and so on.
Making your bicycle injury compensation claim
Finally, initiate your claim for road injury compensation by calling Accident Advice Helpline. Calls to friendly, experienced advisers can be made 24/7. They are also free and completely confidential.
After assessing your claim potential, the advisers will inform you whether an injury compensation claim is likely to succeed or not. If it is and you decide to proceed, you will be provided with no win, no fee*, expert legal support throughout the ensuing cycling injury claim process.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 4, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims