Despite the numbers of UK claims for personal injury, it is surprising how many accidents go unreported.
Take road traffic accidents, for example. Drivers who cause an accident because they are under the influence of drink or drugs, often flee the scene and it is only later the police catch up with them.
Cyclists are particularly vulnerable when hit by larger vehicles and in the arena of UK claims, need to be more aware of their rights. A number of groups are campaigning for this. In the shock of the moment, the cyclist may assume the accident was his fault, that he was not vigilant enough and if the weather is bad, as it is for at least half the year in the UK claims by the other party in the accident that they were not to blame may win out. It seems only fair to offer more support and advice to cyclists, given official encouragement by initiatives to get more commuters out of cars and onto bikes. To make this viable and avoid adding to the numbers of UK claims, ways must be found to make roads safer for travellers on two wheels. A bike can take a great deal of damage, or even be a write-off, whereas a four-wheeled vehicle does not take so much from the impact.
Cyclists need to be aware that the damage from an injury can be delayed, and they should not assume they can just walk away. It is better to take the driver’s details and have a check-up from a medical practitioner, because the legal representative for the UK claims will need proof that medical attention was given as a result of the injury if the accident victim decides he wants to start a claim.
If you have been knocked off your bike and you received medical attention as a result of your injury, and it was not your fault, contact Accident Advice Helpline to discuss what happened to you and to start your claim today. Take the 30-second online test or call us on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: March 12, 2013
Author: David Brown